Why is support for peer supporters important?
A brief excerpt from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Special Edition on Peer Support (September 2016). “Peer support for the peer supporter has emerged as an important and persistent issue.” (Harrington, 2011 p. 29). Collaborative learning approaches, such as virtual communities of practice, can enhance the personal and professional development of peer support providers. Similar to the person-centered practices that enhance the recovery experience of individuals, collaborative learning enhances the experience of peer support workers as they come together to explore issues in their own work — and personal lives — and offer unique contributions to the collective learning by working together toward improving peer practices.
We look forward to your support and participation!
~Rita Cronise, VC Coordinator