TU: Promoting Peer Staff in Crisis Intervention Programs Video

Expanding the Roles of Peer Specialists: Promoting Peer Staff in Crisis Intervention Programs

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Crisis intervention services play an important role in helping people survive a mental health crisis with their connections to community life intact. The involvement of peer specialist staff in the delivery of crisis intervention services is one key way to build the confidence in someone in crisis that an active and fulfilling life awaits them. The Temple Collaborative has worked with the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (PaPSC) in the development of a three-day training program for certified peer specialists who plan to work in crisis intervention services - answering hotline phones, joining mobile crisis intervention teams, staffing crisis residential programs, etc. - as part of an expansion in the roles that broaden opportunities for peer specialists.

To help facilitate discussions in the training environment, PaPSC asked Temple to produce a brief video in which peer specialists currently involved in the delivery of crisis intervention services talk about their jobs - their specific responsibilities, the satisfactions and challenges associated with this crisis response work, their relationships with non-peer colleagues, and the ways in which they make use of their personal stories to help individuals better manage their emotional crises and then move forward with their lives. This video was a joint project of the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (PaPSC), the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion and the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, supported under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) 2015 Transformation Transfer Initiative with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.

This important video is now available here<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=6424087&msgid=111006&act=TX44&c=1448066&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D3eGKFjQ20ZY%26feature%3Dyoutu.be>. For information on the three-day training program itself - and the related trainee and trainer manuals developed by PaPSC - please visit PaPSC's website at http://papeersupportcoalition.org/<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=6424087&msgid=111006&act=TX44&c=1448066&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fpapeersupportcoalition.org%2F> or contact them directly at info at papsc.org<mailto:info at papsc.org>.

The Temple University Collaborative is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and Temple University. The content of this special announcement does not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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