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January 2009 Peer Partnership

The Peer Partnership--January 2009
A publication of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

The Peer Partnership e-newsletter supplies information and tools to assist peer specialists and other peer service providers. We welcome your suggestions for information on resources for peer specialists for possible publication in future newsletters. Please send your information to



Peer Specialist C ETraining Opportunities

Applications Still Available—February 2009 DBSA Peer Specialist Training Course


DBSA is pleased to announce that our next peer specialist training course for individuals will be February 23-27, 2009, in St. Louis, Missouri. Facilitated by nationally-recognized trainers, this comprehensive course delivers a foundation in recovery principles, intervention techniques and ethical practice. The curriculum focuses on the use of peer-delivered services to support the recovery of others. DBSA peer specialist training is delivered in affiliation with Appalachian Consulting Group, innovators of the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project which pioneered Medicaid-billable peer support services.   
Apply TodayCourse fee is $950 per person which includes the cost of training, materials, daily continental breakfast and beverage breaks and post-training certification testing. Participants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations, travel and other meals.
Enrollment is limited! The deadline to complete and return applications is no later than Monday, January 26, 2009. (To download the application, click here.) 

Next Peer Specialist Continuing Education Webinar: Tuesday, February 24


“Peer Support: Veterans Helping Veterans”
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time)
Registration opens week of 1/26 - Click here

Military training orients individuals to see themselves as part of an interdependent team. So, it's not surprising that more and more veterans living in recovery are choosing to reach out to their peers—veteran to veteran—to help them move forward through the challenges of mental illness. We'll take a look, from a national vantage point, at the promise of peer support as a tool for veteran recovery. We’ll examine the value of veteran mutual support, ways in which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has committed to implementing this valuable tool, emerging peer support roles for veteran peers, and much more.

1.5 Continuing Education (CE) credits are available to all course participants who successfully complete the post-course examination. (IAODAPCA approval pending)

Learn from the leaders at DBSA, with 1,000 peer-directed support groups nationwide, and a proven track record of veteran peer training!

To register for this CE webinar, click here next week.

11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2009

Cost: $75 per individual registrant
Please note that only individuals registered and logged into
separate computers will be eligible to receive course CE credits.

Coming Soon! Future DBSA online continuing courses include:

  • “Where’s the Proof? What Peer Support Research Has to Say ” 

Training Holding HandsBring DBSA Training and Consultation to Your Area!
We at the Peer-to-Peer Resource Center are always happy to talk with organizations and groups interested in collaborating with DBSA to offer peer specialist training courses in their local communities. And did you know that DBSA offers other training, consultation and technical assistance services as well? As the nation’s leading consumer-directed mental health organization, we are experts in what people who live with mental illnesses truly want and need, in order to live full, meaningful lives of their choosing. This expertise—paired with more than 20 years of experience and our nationwide network of consumer-run chapters—leads many organizations and systems to DBSA. Our representatives present powerful, engaging and relevant training courses, workshops, plenary presentations and facilitated dialogues, with a focus on the lived experience of mental illness, the reality of recovery and the power of peer support.

Click here for more information.  

Here’s the Latest …

Third Annual National Peer Specialist Conference Coming to Phoenix

The National Association of Peer Specialists (NAOPS) will sponsor its third annual national conference August 26-28, 2009, in Phoenix, Arizona. The call for workshops and more details are coming soon. Plan now to participate in this educational and fun event that will offer solid opportunities for education and networking with your peers across the country. To view conference details as they become available, visit

Founded in 2004, NAOPS is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to peer support in mental health systems. NAOPS seeks to bring together peer specialists and supporters of the peer specialist movement to share ideas, strategies and information about innovative programs that work. 

Words to Live By

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

— Booker T. Washington

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The DBSA Peer-to-Peer Resource Center

The DBSA Peer-to-Peer Resource Center trains people who live with mental illnesses to use their experiences to support their peers. Our nationally-developed peer specialist training curriculum orients participants to a recovery philosophy and prepares them to use peer-delivered services to effectively support others to move forward in their lives. DBSA works in affiliation with Appalachian Consulting Group, Inc., founders of the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project and pioneers of this concept. 


The Peer-to-Peer Resource Center
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

730 N. Franklin St, Ste 501
Chicago, IL  60654
(800) 826-3632

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