PSS services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. A Certified Peer Support Worker (CPSW) is an individual in recovery with mental health and/or substance use conditions who has successfully completed a training class and passed a certification exam. CPSWs use the experience to inspire hope and instill in others a sense of empowerment.
The following are some
examples of peer support services:
a) Providing support for client’s physical health conditions or concerns;
b)Giving assistance with independent living sills (e.g. money management, problem solving, establishing boundaries, reducing stress);
c) Working together to develop socialization and recreational skills
d) Setting a plan to provide aid and comfort to a person in crisis; and
e) Developing recovery and resiliency skills