Supervisor Resources

Below is a list of resources that you may find helpful if you supervise peer specialists.

Peer Specialist Toolkit – Implementing Peer Support Services in VHA
Comprehensive overview of key peer support services implementation components

Peer Specialist Supervision – Pillars of Peer Support 2014
Summary of the 2014 national summit designed to support the development of the peer support specialist workforce and focusing on peer supervision topics

Supervision: Knowledge, Focus, and Approach
Supervisor roles and responsibilities

Peer Specialists: Implementation, Evidence, and Effective Supervision
National evidence on effectiveness of peer services, supervisor roles, supervision techniques, and avoiding common pitfalls

Enhancing the Peer Provider Workforce: Recruitment, Supervision, and Retention,

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
Review of the field, Medicaid-billable peer services, peer recruitment/hiring and supervision


10 Steps to Fully Integrating Peers into Your Workforce
Innovations Institute, Boston University Center on Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Online course on peer specialist integration

Enhancing Workplace Inclusion for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities
Boston University Center on Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Workbook available for purchase

Supervisor Guide for Whole Health and Wellness Peer Support
Manual on implementing peer-delivered whole health and wellness services developed under the Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) / National
Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

Effective Supervision of Peer Specialists
Magellan Health E-Learning Center
Online continuing education course

CPS Supervisor Training Introduction
The Transformation Center
Online peer specialist supervisor training

Building Blocks to Peer Program Success: A toolkit for developing HIV peer programs
Online toolkit to support those interested in building, enhancing or incorporating peers into a program

Leading and Coaching a Peer Workforce
Recovery Opportunity Center, Inc. 
Information on ROC Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor training opportunities

Practices in Peer Specialist Supervision and Employment
Dr. Peggy Swarbrick and Dr. Patricia Nemec
Resource on developing peer specialist job descriptions

A Report on Peer Support Supervision in VA Mental Health Services by DBSA
Summary report of peer employee and supervisor views of supervision and implementation

Frontiers in Peer Support Supervision
Department of Veterans Affairs/Veterans Healthcare Administration
Presentation on peer support implementation in the VA at VA 2014 Psychology Leadership Conference

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