Book of Proceedings: KEYNOTE PAPER: The Promise Of Peer Services: Challenges And Opportunities As Peer Support Matures

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Authors: Steve Harrington, Michigan, USA

Year: 2013

Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference

Subject: peer workforce

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-8-8

Abstract: As the value of peer services is recognized, the peer workforce has grown rapidly in the United States (U.S.). Because peer support and related services mean the development of a relatively new profession, efforts to formalize the profession have become vital for funding and acceptance by the incumbent workforce. The creation of peer support practice standards will enable the profession to grow in a manner that preserves values and fosters job descriptions and workplace policies consistent with the purposes and best practices of peer support. This paper describes the processes and progress in the U.S. to advance the peer support profession through the development of peer support practice guidelines.

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