The Power of Peer Providers in Mental Health Services


Series: Psychology Research Progress

BISAC: PSY036000

Target Audience: Mental health care professionals, administrators and students from multiple disciplines including psychiatry, clinical psychology, mental health counseling, social work, and psychiatric nursing.

People with lived experience of mental illness and recovery are joining leagues of skilled providers who offer services to meet the needs of people with serious psychiatric disorders. The emergence of peer power rides the crest of insights that appeared over the past 50 years related to hope, recovery, and self-determination. Key to these insights is support: coaches, navigators, mentors, and care coordinators who are in the field, addressing the person’s goals, and barriers to goals, as they emerge. Peers can clearly learn the interpersonal and instrumental skills of support. In fact, their learned experience may give them special skills and insight into this supportiveness. This book is a deep review into both the conceptual and empirical elements of peer support services.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. The Basics of Support and Peers

Chapter 2. Fundamental Principles and Practices of Effective Peer Support

Chapter 3. Community-Based Participatory Research

Chapter 4. Peerness Starts with Disclosure

Chapter 5. Self-Help and Mutual Peer Support

Chapter 6. Peer Support and the Real-World Needs of People with Serious Mental Illness

Chapter 7. Moving Forward with the Vision


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