View CAFE TAC’s Newest Online Training: Peer Supervison

peer-supervision-254wThe CAFE TA Center is pleased to present its newest online training, Peer Supervision.

As peer support services continue to grow in use and popularity, peer specialists find themselves working within all manner of settings. It can be a challenge for peers to stay true to their values and the principles of recovery as they work in teams and systems that have management structures that include both peers and non-peers. For peer support to be effective, and result in positive outcomes for those being served, those individuals responsible for supervising and managing peer support specialists must be informed and prepared.

How can peers manage other peers? What should non-peers keep in mind when managing peer specialists? CAFE TAC’s latest training, Peer Supervision, offers answers to these questions and more. This extensive training provides information for both peers managing other peers, as well as non-peer professionals and clinicians tasked with supervising peer specialists. Through a series of modules, it provides foundational information on peer support and its growth out of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, training for non-peers supervising peers support workers, information for peers supervising other peers, advice on group supervision, and a series of scenarios to help illustrate how various concepts work in practice. The online training is organized in such a way that you can skip to the sections that are most relevant to you.

CAFE TAC is very pleased to be able to offer this new resource to anyone who is supervising peer professionals, as well as to peers working in different settings, and anyone invested in integrating peer support and the insights of people with lived experience into their organization.

Check it out today!

This training is presented as a pre-recorded slide show with accompanying audio. To download or view the training in PDF format with a written transcription of the audio and thumbnail images, please click here.PDF icon

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A Focus on The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

On June 16, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), had its first public hearing before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This piece of legislation, which is similar but not identical to the version that failed to pass in 2013, has the potential to create major changes in the system and deeply impact people with mental health needs.

In the latest Focus, CAFE TAC shares some of the central provisions of the bill, and offers a summary of the views shared by witnesses at the recent hearing. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act represents a major effort to re-make the nation’s mental health system, and CAFE TAC encourages everyone to follow the progress of this bill closely. Why not begin by reading our latest Focus!

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Focus: Recovery is Breaking Through

People with lived experience and advocates that work in the mental health world are well-versed in the idea of recovery. We know that a mental health challenge is not a debilitating lifetime sentence, and that by focusing on strengths and wellness, people with mental health conditions can live fulfilling lives and contribute to society.

The question remains, does the general public, beyond the mental health community, understand the power and value of the recovery model? With changes to the system driven by healthcare reform ongoing, and mental health on the Congressional agenda, this is a critical moment to examine that question. In our latest Focus, CAFE TAC looks at how recovery is moving into the public policy and the treatment community, and how advocates are working to make certain that community-based, patient-centered recovery is central to efforts at systemic reform. Check it out here!

And to hear personal stories of recovery, check out the videos in our Recovery Stories series.

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CAFE TAC Video: Supported Education at the University of Utah

For students with mental health issues, it can be a struggle to succeed in higher education. While all students have to deal with academic pressure and adjust to independent living, those with mental health needs must manage additional challenges related to their health and wellness. This can be difficult to do. In fact 86% of students with mental health needs drop out.

One way that colleges and universities can reverse this trend, and help students to stay in school and graduate, is by adopting a “supported education” model. The practice of supported education entails the creation of a network of campus resources that work together to offer services and develop accommodations that are tailored to individual students’ needs.

The CAFE TA Center visited the University of Utah in the fall of 2014 to see how their supported education program functions. By speaking with professionals, faculty and the students they serve, we were able to gain a sense of how a quality program creates a culture of responsiveness and empowerment to help students succeed.

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A Focus on Depression in the Workplace

Recent surveys have determined that up to a quarter of American workers have experienced depression at some point, and nearly two-thirds have dealt with some kind of difficulty resulting from their mental health. Despite the prevalence of this issue, many employers fail to deal with it directly. Policies and procedures regarding workplace mental health are lacking, and managers are not trained in how to deal with their employees’ issues.

In Focus 39: Depression in the Workplace, CAFE TAC looks at some of the recent statistics about workplace mental health, while also examining steps that employers can take to accommodate their workers, and things workers can do to maintain their mental wellness. Read about it in Focus 39: Depression in the Workplace.


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