The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. It was begun by a small group of peer specialists in Michigan interested in what was happening in other states. Founded in 2004, the organization now includes members from every state and several countries outside the US. Members of this network can come together to share their ideas and innovations, exchange resources and information based on real world application, and add their voice to others when concerns and issues affecting all of us require a global response from a global community. We are actively and intentionally working on making iNAPS a more inclusive and safe space for individuals who have historically been marginalized.

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VIRTUAL RESOURCES FOR PEER SUPPORT WORKERS

1) VIRTUAL PEER SUPPORT SESSION FOR PEER SUPPORTERS:  HOW TO QUICKLY BRING PEER SERVICES ONLINE 

Vince Caimano will demonstrate how a Peer Supporter can offer peer support to others, review techniques for doing this well and answer participant questions

Tuesdays at 4pm (EDT) REGISTER HERE

2) ROBYN PRIEST LIVE YOUR TRUTH

SUPPORTING PEER SUPPORTERS:  

https://www.robynpriest.com/individual-2

3) ACADEMY OF PEER SERVICES VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

PEER WORKFORCE SUPPORT LINE:  https://aps-community.org/

Tips for facilitating online peer support groups (click)

4) RI Consulting Team invites you to a Keeping Recovery Skills Alive refresher

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Visit with Terrence Smithers, Vicki Rainey, Michael Runningwolf, or Shelley Lesley.

5) Digital Peer Support (Telehealth)

http://digitalpeersupport.org/

6) Bring Your Support Group Online

recording of how to use ZOOM with Caroline Mazel-Carlton from the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community

7) Taking on the Challenge of Working Remotely and in the Community During the Virus Crisis

Recorded webinar presented by NYAPRS

VIRTUAL RESOURCES FOR PEER SUPPORT

We are working with many others to compile a list of free peer led online resources: peer to peer groups, warm lines, and general ways to connect with others.
Please complete this form with free peer led/mutual aid emotional support resources you are providing or know of and can share.
We welcome any and all suggestions from around the world. 
If you cannot access Google forms please email [email protected]

 

 

 

Peer Support Approaches for Responding to Fear

Many in our community may be feeling extra stress with all of the talk about the Coronavirus outbreak, officially now called COVID-19. As peer supporters, we are in a position to support others around their own fears as well as the general fear in our communities. Encouraging people to discuss their fears is a great practice. Our discussions can provide accurate information, and it can help others find accurate information from appropriate sources.  In this way, people can decide what they need to do to in order to minimize their risk of becoming infected, and it also can have their minds put at ease if they realize that they have already taken necessary precautions.

We can respond to fear with compassion and also offer constructive support. Fear can be a lifesaver that protects us from real danger and spurs us toward positive action, but it also has the power to deeply disturb and limit us. Worst of all, fear can erode our trust in ourselves, in the goodness of others, and the joy in living.    Click Here for full article

Updated information from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

This list is by no means complete. We have not "vetted" these so please take the opportunity to see if these organizations offer something that is a good fit for you. We will try to update this list frequently as more information comes to us.

VIRTUAL PEER SUPPORT RESOURCES (last update 3/30/20 8am EDT)