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 services because:
IPS relationships are viewed as partnerships that invite and inspire both parties to learn and grow, rather than as one person needing to ‘help’ another.
IPS doesn’t start with the assumption of a problem. With IPS, each individual pays attention to how we have learned to make sense of our experiences, and then uses the relationship to create new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing.
IPS promotes a trauma-informed way of relating. Instead of asking “What’s wrong?” we learn to ask “What happened?”
IPS examines our lives in the context of mutually accountable relationships and communities. Looking beyond the mere notion of individual responsibility for change.
IPS encourages us to increasingly move towards what we want, instead of focusing on what we need to stop doing or avoid.
IPS provides a framework from which to build stronger, healthier, interconnected communities.