Families of persons with serious mental illness play an important role in the lives of their loved ones. In addition to being caring siblings, parents or spouses, they often function as caregivers and can be an asset to any mental health team to ensure the optimal benefit of treatment.
A new workforce is emerging to support these families. Family peer support workers are persons with a lived experience trained to provide support to other family members who are caring for a person with a serious mental illness.
Join the Mid-American Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network every month for their Family Peer Support: An Emerging Workforce webinar series. Speakers will outline SAMHSA-published competencies in peer support and explore how persons with lived experience as a family member, friend, or another caregiver of a person with a mental illness can support others in a similar situation, and discuss the training needs of this emerging workforce.
Special guests with experience in the field will help tell this important story. Content is tailored to address needs within our four-state region — Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri — but all are welcome.
Certificates of completion will be provided to viewers of 50% or more of the live webinars.