Supervising Peer Support Specialists

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North Dakota is committed to expanding the access of Peer Support Specialists as an option for individuals seeking recovery and for families supporting individuals. There are challenges associated with incorporating new positions into existing teams and supervision is a critical piece of this.

According to SAMHSA supervision is a professional and collaborative activity between a supervisor and a worker in which the supervisor provides guidance and support to the worker to promote competent and ethical delivery of services and supports through the continuing development of the worker’s application of accepted professional peer work knowledge, skills, and values.

This training will work to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the purpose and role of the supervisor?
  2. What is the role of the peer support specialist and how can they most effectively be used?
  3. If peer support specialists aren’t supervised differently, why are we having this training?
  4. What constitutes a good relationship between a supervisor and a peer specialist and how is the relationship developed and sustained?

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