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Communities of Practice

Our Provincial Peer Network and Provincial Peer Supervisory Network Communities of Practice are committed to continuous quality improvement through the core values and best principles of formalized peer support positions; including the supervision and management of these roles.

The Provincial Peer Network (PPN)

The Provincial Peer Network provides ongoing professional development of peer support staff through intentional collaboration and reflexive practice in order to promote peer values in action in all service settings. Membership is open to peer workers employed by an agency in the province of Ontario.

  • Practices an ongoing commitment to Core Values and Expectations/Actions of Peer Support and Peer Support Code of Conduct
  • Members are positive representatives of peer support in organizations and community
  • Facilitates change via role modelling, collaboration, advocacy and knowledge exchange
  • Holds each other in positive regard and treats each other according to peer support values and values in action
  • Celebrates diversity in working styles that are grounded to the values
  • Remains solution-focused, learns from each other and engages in reflective and reflexive practices
  • Shares knowledge, resources and different learning opportunities that are available
  • Participates in the creation of resources in support of peer practices

The Provincial Peer Supervisory Network (PPSN):

The Provincial Peer Supervisor Network (PPSN) focuses on values-based practices and supporting organizations with the implementation and sustainability of formalized peer positions. Membership open to supervisors, leaders and/or managers in the province of Ontario who support peer positions within mental health and substance use services.

  • Provides direct support to one another to share resources and enhance best practices for peer positions in their workplace.
  • Facilitates change via role modelling, collaboration, advocacy and knowledge exchange
  • Has an ongoing commitment to peer support best practices
  • Encourages and supports communication in all areas from upper management to peer positions.
  • Encourages and supports flexibility in the peer’s work schedule to allow their attendance at the PPN
  • Network members remain dedicated to striving for flexibility in work environments to support their employee’s recovery/wellness while balancing their work responsibilities
  • Participates in the creation of resources in support of peer supervision practices