SAMHSA provides an overview of core competencies needed for Peer Support staff to be successful in their roles. The competencies have been placed into 12 categories, which encompass the principles of recovery-oriented, person-centered, voluntary, relationship-focused and trauma-informed care.
Community Wellness & Peer Supports
The article discusses Florida Healthy Transitions’ program model of utilizing young adults with lived and life experiences, to provide behavioral health services and supports to transition aged youth and young adults. The young adult peer staff provide advice to other young adults who are considering work as peers.
The family navigator model is a peer-based, flexible approach to supporting families in which a child has a health or developmental challenge or disability. This guide is designed to support education agencies and school leaders interested in building or enhancing a family navigator program. Family-driven, youth-guided, culturally responsive support is a guiding principle of this document. It includes: an overview of the model; special considerations for schools; guiding principles and best practices; practical tools for developing a program; and links to more than 30 national and Pacific Southwest-specific resources. This guide was developed by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC in partnership with Millie Sweeney, MS, from the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA).
The Pathways website includes several publications of interest for engaging youth and young adults in mental health services and systems change. From one-pagers to toolkits, there is a variety of resources here.
OUR HOUSE, a grief support center, shares lessons learned wading through the challenges of supporting families on overwhelm during COVID-19. They teach how they addressed JW Worden’s Tasks of Mourning using interventions that can be facilitated by volunteer group leaders via an online platform. They share the magic that can happen when you create virtual spaces with intention for children to connect and support one another around their grief and losses, in spite of Zoom fatigue and physical distance.