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|TPAPN Peer Support Partners|
Peer Support Partners meet or speak with their assigned participants on a regular basis and communicate regularly with their assigned participants’ case managers. Peer Support Partner training workshops are held regularly.
While lived experience is not necessary to becoming a Peer Support Partner, many of them are prior TPAPN participants.
TPAPN needs nurse Peer Support Partners.
Benefits of Peer Support
Peer support services are based on common life experiences. In TPAPN, peer advocates do not have to have lived experience with substance use or mental health conditions. Rather they are peers by virtue of being registered nurses.
Advocates use peer support methods that are person centered, encourage autonomy, respect diversity, are non-judgmental and inspire hope.
Through regular, supportive, communication, TPAPN social peer support works on four facets:
Documents from past TPAPN Advocate trainings:
Learn more about peer support:
While TPAPN advocates do not need certification, you may be interested in pursing more structured training:
Being an Advocate
Ideally, the purpose of being an advocate is to facilitate and support the recovery and re-entry of the nurse back into practice. The role of the TPAPN advocate in monitoring should include:
Being a TPAPN advocate should not include:
Advocates work with TPAPN staff and case managers by maintaining regular communication through phone conversations, email, or secure electronic reporting (quarterly submission required). For example, a TPAPN advocate may notify the TPAPN office if a participant fails to maintain contact with the advocate or is non-adherent with TPAPN. Additionally, an advocate may notify the TPAPN case manager of any significant developments, e.g., workplace termination, suicide threat, admission of relapse etc.