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Peer Support: From Position Description to Integrated Team Member (Spring 2020)

Activity Type:

  • On Demand Plus

Release Date: 3/9/2020

Expiration Date: 6/22/2020

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 12
  • Participation: 12



Registration is now closed. Maximum capacity for this course has been reached. 

This 12-week learning collaborative is intended to help you develop a step-by-step plan for bringing peer support into an existing behavioral health agency or practice, in a manner that enhances services. Each participant will develop the essential documents and tools for designing a plan to introduce peer support into a provider agency. The essential elements of the plan will include:

  • Describing the range of benefits and limitations of peer support
  • Identifying peer support training and peer specialist certification
  • Identifying program areas that would benefit by adding peer support
  • Developing a job description for hiring for the position
  • Creating or adapting a supervision plan that is effective for the peer worker in the context of your program
  • Developing strategies for supporting peer workers
  • Acquiring or developing a program for preparing your organization for the introduction of peer support
  • Utilizing effective onboarding procedures for preparing the peer specialist as an effective member of the program team
  • Preparing for peer support service delivery

Program Schedule

The facilitated 12-week syllabus will be held from March 16, 2020 to June 7, 2020.

(Biweekly video conferences are scheduled on Wednesdays from 3-4pm ET)


FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Learning Objectives

  • Determine how peer support can best be used in your organization or practice
  • Describe how to prepare your organization for the advent of peer support
  • Write a job description for hiring a peer specialist
  • Develop or adapt a supervision model that is effective for peer support
  • Summarize an effective onboarding process for peer specialists

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Peer Specialist

Instructional Level


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 12 weeks; 12 hours
Program Begin Date: March 16, 2019
Program End Date: June 7, 2020
Credit Claim End Date: June 22, 2020

This course has a 12-week syllabus and is a collaborative learning experience, not independent study.

Credit must be claimed within 14 days of the end of the last session. 

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the date of completion and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Instructor and Planner

  • Patrick Hendry. Mental Health America. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   
  • Teri Brister, PHD, LPC, National Alliance for Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Hardware/Software Requierments

This course utilizes a variety of online resources and file types for its assignments. Please check that your device and network is compatible with the minimum requirements:

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