Family Peer Support: An Emerging Workforce

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Series Description:

 

Families of persons with serious mental illness play an important role in the lives of their loved ones. In addition to being caring siblings, parents or spouses, they often function as caregivers and can be an asset to any mental health team to ensure optimal benefit of treatment. A new workforce is emerging to support these families. Family peer support workers are persons with a lived experience trained to provide support to other family members who are caring for a person with a serious mental illness.

Join us every month for our Family Peer Support: An Emerging Workforce webinar series, which will expand upon concepts outlined in our Aug. 20 webinar. Speakers will outline SAMHSA-published competencies in peer support and explore how persons with lived experience as a family member, friend or other caregiver of a person with a mental illness can support others in a similar situation, and discuss the training needs of this emerging workforce. Special guests with experience in the field will help tell this important story.

Content is tailored to address needs within our four-state region — Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri — but all are welcome. Certificates of completion will be provided to viewers of 50% or more of the live webinars.

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Upcoming Sessions:

 

Family Peer Support: Being Part of the Mental Health Team

Thursday, Dec. 17, 12-1 p.m.

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Family Peer Support: Preventing Crisis and Relapse

Thursday, Jan. 21, 12-1 p.m.

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Past Webinars:

 

Family Peer Support: Self-Care

Thursday, Nov. 19, 12-1 p.m.

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In this presentation, Mid-America MHTTC specialists and partners with Omaha-based Community Alliance will describe how family peer support workers help families adjust their thoughts, feelings and behavior to promote health and well-being. Self-care allows family members to relate better to their loved ones, and providers and practitioners to promote recovery. Participants will understand how a family peer support worker can help families:  

  • Adopt productive self-care strategies through teaching and modeling;
  • Understand, identify, and accept their own emotional response to the illness of a loved one; and
  • Develop a personal self-care plan.

Speakers: Dr. Lilchandra Jai Sookram; Dr. Bill Baerentzen; Cecilia Losee; Rich Kalal

 


 

Family Peer Support: Outcomes

Thursday, Oct. 22, 12-1 p.m.

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In this presentation, Mid-America MHTTC specialists and partners with Omaha-based Community Alliance review the outcomes and benefits of family peer support. Participants will learn how family peer support can:

  • Improve the subjective experiences (well-being) of family members;
  • Ease the objective realities (life roles) many family members experience; and
  • Help families balance and establish family and caregiver roles.


Speakers: Dr. Lilchandra Jai Sookram, Bill Baerentzen, Ph.D., CRC, LMHP, Jon Thomsen, Joe and Nancy Pawloski

 


 

Watch the Aug. 20 kick-off webinar:

 

Family Peer Support: An Emerging Workforce introduces family peer support as a profession, explores its roles and functions, and highlights specific training needs.


Speakers: Dr. Lilchandra Jai Sookram; Dr. Bill Baerentzen; Cecilia Losee; Rich Kalal

 

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