Wellness & Recovery

Intentional Peer Support

Is a philosophy based on four tasks used to develop and maintain relationships. Through relationships we think about help in a new way. Rather than focusing on problem solving and what we don't want in our lives, we instead challenge one another to discover our hopes and dreams. Together we learn and grow and move towards what we want.

  • Intentional Peer Support Training
    In collaboration with Shery Mead, the Office of Consumer Affairs and consumers from throughout Maine developed a trauma informed curriculum "Intentional Peer Support: An Alternative Approach." This curriculum is used for the Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist Training Program as well as other trainings offered through the Office of Consumer Affairs.
  • Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists Training Program
    This eight-day training is a requirement for Peer Support Specialists working on the Maine Warmline, in Emergency Departments, Behavioral Health Homes in State Psychiatric Hospitals and on some ACT teams. Topics covered include; Creating Learning Environments, First Contact, Language, Listening Differently, Challenging Situations and Working in the System. PDF
    • Applications to take this training must be received before the following deadlines:
      • Spring Training: January 15th
      • Summer Training: May 1st
      • Fall Training: August 1st
  • Peer Support 101
    Peer Support 101 is an opportunity to take a peek at Intentional Peer Support, learn about the tasks of peer support and hear about peer support in Maine. Peer Support 101 is a 3-hour class offered to anyone interested in learning more about peer support. It is also a requirement for participation in the Peer Support Specialists Certification. Peer Support 101
  • Healthy Connections:
    Moving Towards What We Want This class is an opportunity for programs, communities and individuals to work together to identify what they are moving towards and how to use their relationships to get there. Class begins with a 1/2 day session where participants discuss and plan what they want to learn. The following three day-long sessions use the four-tasks of Intentional Peer Support to address topics such as listening differently, challenging conversations, conflict and crisis situations. This training is geared towards the needs and desires of the host program. Healthy Connections Flyer (Word* | also in PDF*)
  • The Three Principles of Intentional Peer Support
    • Learning vs Helping
    • Relationship vs Individual
    • Hope vs Fear
  • The Four Tasks of Intentional Peer Support Building Connection
    • Building Connection
    • Helping each other understand how we've come to know what we know (worldview)
    • Re-defining help as a co-learning and growing process (mutuality)
    • Moving towards what we want, rather than away from what we don't want