Yes, as a peer support worker, I am familiar with several evidence-based practices for providing peer support. Here are a few examples:
Intentional Peer Support (IPS): Intentional Peer Support is an evidence-based approach that focuses on creating transformative relationships between peers. It emphasizes mutual learning, shared power, and the exploration of new possibilities. IPS aims to promote personal growth, recovery, and community integration by fostering connections and challenging traditional notions of support.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): WRAP is an evidence-based practice that empowers individuals to take control of their mental health and develop their own personalized wellness plans. It involves identifying triggers, early warning signs, and creating strategies to manage crises effectively. WRAP also emphasizes the importance of self-advocacy and building a support network.
Peer Support Whole Health and Resiliency (PSWHR): PSWHR is an evidence-based practice that recognizes the interconnectedness of physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. It involves providing peer support within a holistic framework that addresses various aspects of health, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, and self-care. PSWHR promotes self-management and self-advocacy for improved overall health outcomes.
Peer-Provided Alternatives to Crisis Services: This evidence-based practice focuses on peer-run crisis alternatives, such as warm lines, crisis respite centres, and peer respite programs. These services offer individuals experiencing a mental health crisis an alternative to traditional emergency services by providing non-judgmental peer support in a supportive and non-coercive environment.
Peer Support in Trauma-Informed Care: Peer support can also be integrated into trauma-informed care practices, which emphasize safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, and empowerment. Peer support workers can provide trauma-informed support by creating a safe space, validating experiences, offering choice and control, and promoting resilience and recovery.
These evidence-based practices are backed by research and have shown positive outcomes in supporting individuals' recovery and well-being. It is important for peer support workers to stay updated on the latest research and evidence-based practices in the field to enhance their effectiveness and provide the highest quality of support to individuals they serve.