Certified Parent Peer Specialists (CPPS) combine knowledge gained from parenting children and youth with social, emotional, behavioral, mental health and/or substance use challenges and training to increase their skills to guide and support other parents or those in a parenting role. CPPS can gain this experience in a variety of ways; it goes beyond those who are biological or legal parents. CPPS focus on maximizing parent support and growth by understanding and responding to individual family cultures, strengths, and needs.
While the role of a CPPS will vary from one family to the next, it generally includes empowering those who are parenting by:
increasing their knowledge and skills,
modeling behavior for others,
holding hope for change and growth, and
assisting in advocacy and teamwork.
Certified parent peer specialists use their experiences to assist other parents with:
navigating service and support systems,
encouraging and understanding the youth’s voice, and
providing peer support through the sharing of their own parenting experience.
The Role of the Certified Parent Peer Specialist is varied and can take on several forms of support and assistance to families experiencing Social/Emotional/Behavioral and/or Substance Use concerns of youth. Although roles may vary in service agencies, it is generally recognized that Parent Peer Specialists provide the following services: uses own family’s resiliency experience as a tool, presents resiliency information, provides information about social/emotional/behavioral and/or substance use disorder resources, assists in identifying and supporting families in crisis, facilitates family-directed services, goal setting and communicates effectively with treatment providers.
The primary purpose of certification is to ensure that people employed in Wisconsin as Parent Peer Specialists, meet high standards of performance as well as:
Creates uniformity of core competencies of practitioners
Ensures professional development, continued education and supervision
Advances uniform standards, scope of practice and best practice
Promotes ethical practice within the profession
Instills confidence with the families served
Allows employers to tap into expanded funding sources
Documents regarding the Wisconsin Certified Parent Peer Specialist Program These documents were approved by The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Bureau of Prevention Treatment and Recovery that define the role of a Wisconsin Certified Parent Peer Specialist.
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