The National Conference on Peer Support is hosted by Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada, (PSACC). PSACC, is a not-for-profit charitable organization borne out of the work of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Peer Project. Peer support certification and accreditation services are offered in accordance with the nationally endorsed Standard of Practice for peer support. PSACC’s mandate also includes undertaking research and evaluation pertaining to peer delivered mental health services and programs. PSACC is dedicated to promoting the recognition, growth, and accessibility of peer support as a complement to the mental health system.
Here is the latest on what PSACC is doing:
Building the base of peer supporters and peer support mentors across Canada
- PSACC is providing certification services to several individuals and groups across Canada spreading from Nova Scotia to the coast of British Columbia.
- The Standard of Practice for Certified Peer Support Mentors (CPSM) has been reviewed and enhanced, and soon it will be ready for posting on our website.
Building the evidence base through peer support research
- PSACC researcher, Dr. Jill Grant from University of Windsor, is working in collaboration with peer support organizations to develop research tools to learn more about the impact of peer support on the peer as well as the peer supporter.
- Data collected provides valuable insight for the organization while also adding to the body of evidence.
Promoting sustainability of workplace peer support programs
- The PSACC Research and Evaluation platform is currently in use at two corporate clients as a tool to track the usage of peer support and the impact on the organization.
- The PSACC Platform not only demonstrates that the peer support program is a good investment, it also tracks information anonymously while maintaining peer support principles and key concepts.
NCPS 2016 – Our next National Conference on Peer Support will be in Toronto April 27-29, 2016
- Planning is well underway to host peer support stakeholders from across Canada and around the world in Toronto next April to Connect, Grow, and Lead under the conference theme of Leading Recovery
We all know that peer support works. The PSACC vision is to ensure that peer support is highly recognized and valued as a fully integrated component of the mental health system, accessible to all individuals and family members affected by mental health challenges and illnesses.