Come explore Intentional Peer Support, a model for thinking about and intentionally inviting powerfully transformative relationships. This workshop is highly interactive and invites conversations throughout. We will describe how Intentional Peer Support can provide non-coercive and healing communities, and will introduce participants to the framework of IPS.
Since IPS does not assume any one path, we will focus particularly close on how relationships can provide opportunities for developing trust, new perspectives, and taking risks to grow. By learning about and practicing the three principles and four tasks, participants will walk away with skills to further explore and develop in their work environments. We will also spend time discussing how IPS is currently being used in peer-run respites, statewide peer support projects, first-break approaches, and other innovative areas. Finally, we will discuss preliminary findings of a current study of Intentional Peer Support, led by a principal investigator with a psychiatric history, studying IPS practiced in peer-run programs.