There’s a great deal of research ‘out there’ on peer-to-peer support. Unfortunately, some of it is less than ideal because it starts with a hypothesis that doesn’t represent full understanding of what peer-to-peer support is intended to be. It’s also worth noting that those that are able to doContinue Reading Foster hope and build resilience, self-determination and autonomy. Focus on peer support tools, communication strategies, developing leadership, and the power of own story and how this can be shared in a safe and professional way to support peers and whānau who are experiencing distress. Designed for those working inContinue Reading Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. IPS is unique from traditional human servicesContinue Reading

Given choice in match of peer worker Focus is on achievement of personal goals Social inclusion/community integration, employment, education, training are considered Support given to strengthen or reconnect with key relationships Increasing empowerment and self-advocacy Can feedback on satisfaction with the service Increased motivation Since its origins during the late 1980s, the use of peer specialists in traditional mental health agencies has grown tremendously. There are now an estimated 30,000 people with psychiatric histories employed in such positions across the country.1 The term “peer specialist” was coined nearly 30 years ago in aContinue Reading Earlier studies of Peer Support include a brief report from a British psychologist with research interests in the area of bullying, who visited 12 New Zealand secondary schools in 2000 and was full of praise for the New Zealand Peer Support programme (Peer Support New Zealand, 2001). Other studiesContinue Reading Much evidence supports that peer support is a critical and effective strategy for ongoing health care and sustained behavior change for people with chronic diseases and other conditions, and its benefits can be extended to community, organizational and societal levels. Overall, studies have found that social support: decreases morbidityContinue Reading