Authors: Steve Harrington, Michigan, USA
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: peer workforce
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
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.