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Peer Specialists within OnTrackNY

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 4/30/2020

Expiration Date: 3/1/2021

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1
  • Participation: 1
  • Psychologist CE: 1



This presentation introduces the role of peer specialists within the NYS specific CSC team, OnTrackNY. It shares the OnTrackNY model and it's evolution to include the role of peer specialists to promote the goal of recovery for those labeled with First Episode Psychosis.

Peer Specialists bring to the teams their own lived experience of mental health services and their skill set complements the clinical, educational & psychiatric work being done by other team members. There are challenges and tensions inherent in the role of a peer specialist on a clinical team, which are addressed in this discussion along with the suggestion of tactics that can support role clarity, task focused work and integration.

Presented by an OnTrackNY Peer Specialist & the trainer and support staff for Peer Specialists on OnTrackNY teams statewide, this presentation shares an inside perspective of the work of peer specialists and the training and support offered to them. Covering the role responsibilities, collaborative work and support schedule will give participants the opportunity to understand the unique focus of peer specialist staff on CSC teams and how they can be best integrated into multidisciplinary teams.

This activity was developed in partnership with the Psychosis-Risk and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET).


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

  • Summarize the focus of the role of peer specialists within OnTrackNY.
  • Reiterate a first person narrative of the role of peer specialist on an OnTrack team.
  • Summarize the training and support of peer specialists on OnTrackNY teams statewide.

Target Audience

Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Peer Specialist/Peer Support, Physician Assistant, Psychiatrist, Psychologist

Instructional Level


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour 
Program Start Date: April 30, 2020
Program End Date: March 1, 2021

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date 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 event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Abbaigeal Duke, is a certified Peer Specialist and specifically the Recovery Specialist for the Center for Practice Innovations. Ms. Duke offers training for peer specialists statewide as part of the OnTrack Central team. Ms. Duke reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Danny Sosa, is a Peer Specialist in the OnTrackNY team who was previously part of the program himself. Mr. Sosa decided to return the support back to the community and hopes to continue learning through his experiences with OnTrackNY. Mr. Sosa reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Amy N. Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Judith Dauberman, PhD, PEPPNET, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

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Optimal System Configuration

  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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