Bay Area Peer Professional Network
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Clinical Consultation Zoom that is scheduled for Thursday 3/26/2020 will be for all Peers, not just for a specific group. With the support of Tracey Helton, who is our SF Dept. of Public Health (SF-DPH) liaison and amazing peer advocate, we will be facilitating a peer conversation around working in the PMHS during a pandemic, wellness tools that others are using, and establishing community during these challenging times.
What is PROPEL?
With funding by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), PROPEL works to support, train and place individuals, both mental health consumers and family members who are seeking to be employed or volunteer as peer personnel in the Public Mental Health System (PMHS). We also assist employers in the California PMHS in recruiting and retaining consumer and family member staff through workforce integration.
As a consumer-run organization, we at MHASF know firsthand how important meaningful employment is to mental health recovery. With 75% of our staff identifying as consumers and/or family members, we are a highly committed group of people who believe in the mission, vision, and values of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
CLINICAL CONSULTATION AND SUPPORT GROUPS
for Peer Providers and Peer Supervisors
What is a Consultation and Support Group (a.k.a. Clinical Consult)?
Clinical consultation is an integral part of any service provider’s professional experience whether a therapist, counselor, or peer provider. It is a safe environment with a non-judgmental facilitator to discuss challenging work situations, receive feedback, and develop skills in a community of other peer providers.
Who is the facilitator?
Kristin Dempsey, EdD, LMFT, LPCC is a counselor, educator, psychotherapist, trainer, and clinician who identifies being in recovery. Kristin is passionate about educating peer providers to do what they do best: use their lived experience to help promote the wellness of individuals and communities. She is founder of the Lived Experience Academy at San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in addition to helping create and train the North Bay Regional Peer Leadership Institute.
What are the different groups?
Peer Supervisors Group is for peers who supervise or manage programs (job titles tend to have: specialist, coordinator, or manager)
Peer Providers Group is for any peer who is not supervising or managing people/ programs (job titles tend to have: counselor, coach, or provider)
How are the groups offered?
There will be 2 types of groups offered: in person at MHASF offices (downtown SF near Powell BART/Muni) and online via ZOOM.
Who qualifies for this no-cost opportunity?
• you are a peer provider OR peer supervisor
• you are working in Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo County
• you are a member of PROPEL or will become a member
• you have internet access if you wish to participate in virtual online groups
Thank You For Attending PROPEL Summer Peer Convening 2019!!
Growth & Expansion
PROPEL has been a driving force in promoting meaningful employment and support for peers in the community. Below are some of the achievements PROPEL has made during the 2016-2017 fiscal year:
32 Trainings and Presentations with 194 Participants
76 Peers Completed Individualized Career Plans
175 Peers Enrolled in PROPEL
Become a National Certified Peer Specialist
What is the National Certified Peer Specialist Certification?
(*from Mental Health America)
The MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (MHA NCPS) certification recognizes peers with the lived experience, training, and job experience to create a career in peer support. The certification is designed to exceed the standards used in public behavioral health around the country. A major purpose of the certification is to meet the needs of private health insurers and private practitioners.
Expansion of peer support into the private sector will open up new career paths and opportunities, which have been previously unexplored, for thousands of peer supporters. It is not designed to replace current certifications and trainings but to build upon and enhance current programs. This means adding additional competencies to ensure peers are able to meet the demands of a changing workforce and increasing opportunities.
The private health sector offers a wide array of work opportunities for qualified peer support workers including:
• Working in private practice alongside psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed mental health therapists
• Working in primary care, emergency departments, and inpatient settings
• Working as members of Whole Health Care Teams
• Working in supervisory roles.