Intentional Peer Support (IPS) Core Training Coming THIS MONTH!!!

Good afternoon, PSCFL Members!

We hope this announcement finds you all well. We are very excited to announce the return of the Intentional Peer Support (IPS) Core Training coming to Ft. Lauderdale from October 30th-November 3rd, brought to you by Magellan Complete Care. Please see details and flyer below:

Intentional Peer Support (IPS) Core Training

 October 30th-November 3rd, 2017


 Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Location will be announced upon acceptance

To apply visit:

Intentional Peer Support is a powerful framework for thinking about and creating transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. IPS is used across the world in settings ranging from peer-run programs to traditional human services. IPS comes from a history of grassroots alternatives that focus on building relationships that are mutual, explorative, and conscious power.

Course Description: Based on Shery Mead’s book, Intentional Peer Support: An Alternative Approach, the Core Training is a 5-day introduction to this innovative framework and is designed to have you practicing right away. In a highly interactive environment, participants learn the tasks and principles of IPS, examine assumptions about who they are, and explore ways to create relationships in which power is negotiated, co-learning is possible, and support goes beyond traditional notions of “service.” IPS is all about opening up new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing, and in the Core Training, you will examine how to make this possible.

What participants are saying about the IPS Core Training:

“If I had only a single training to send staff, it would be IPS without hesitation. A must for anybody currently in this field or aspiring to be. To characterize it as a training is a disservice. It was a life-changing event.” –Jack Bennett, Regional Director, Hudson Valley Recovery Center

“A life-changing, perspective-altering, mind-opening experience. I now have this toolkit I instinctively knew I needed.” –Llewellyn Cumming, Regional Recovery Specialist

Objectives: The IPS Core Training is for anyone interested in mutual support and has been widely used as a foundation training for people working in both traditional and alternative mental health settings. Specific topics covered include:

The 4 Tasks: Connection, Worldview, Mutuality, and Moving Towards


The 3 Principles: From Helping to Learning, Individual to Relationship, Fear to Hope


History of the Peer Support Movement


Listening from a Position of Not Knowing and For the Untold Story

Rethinking Old Roles and Ways of Relating

Moving Towards Shared Risk and Responsibility

Understanding the Impact of Trauma

Moving Beyond Problem Solving

Examing Power and Privilege

Negotiating Boundaries and Limits

Navigating Challenging Situations

Looking at Crisis as an Opportunity

Talking about Suicide and Self-harm

Sustaining IPS through Co-Reflection


Through participation in the IPS Core Training, participants learn to:

  • Seek ways to connect, become aware of disconnects, and work to reconnect
  • Explore how we have “come to know what we know”
  • Strive for mutuality in relationships
  • Stay curious, question assumptions, and own judgements and opinions
  • Open up new ways of listening
  • Use experience to relate and build trust
  • Name and negotiate power in relationships
  • Approach crisis as an opportunity to grow
  • Share risk and responsibility
  • Focus on the quality of relationships instead of fixing one another
  • Pay attention to the impact of clinical and labeling language
  • Understand how trauma affects lives
  • Keep the energy in relationships moving towards what we want
  • Understand peer support in the context of social change and social justice


Flyer: IPS Core Training (Ft. Lauderdale)

Should you have any questions about this training opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact us at 

We hope you all have a great day!

-Cameron Wood

Peer Support Coaltion of Florida, Inc.
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