The Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative (WIPSEI) seeks to support not only the training and certification of Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) and Certified Parent Peer Specialists (CPPS) in Wisconsin, but also employers of CPS and CPPS. Whether you are in leadership at an organization or agency that employs CPS or CPPS, a supervisor, or peer support/parent peer support program coordinator, we want you to be well-supported in your work.
The WIPSEI has developed two “Employer Guides,” one for CPS service implementation and another for CPPS service implementation. These resources are to serve as an introduction to these unique, professional peer support roles and how to support your CPS/CPPS staff in the workplace.
One other resource we highly recommend reading through is the Provider’s Handbook on Developing and Implementing Peer Roles (click here).
Looking to get your staff trained and certified? Your organization can sponsor a CPS or CPPS training! Click here to learn more about privately-funded trainings.
Want some personalized assistance in supporting effective implementation or development of CPS or CPPS services? We’re happy to help.
Employers may submit peer specialist and parent peer specialist-oriented job postings to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible listing on our jobs page. We can also share out job announcements over our WIPSEI email list with over 2,300 subscribers.
When submitting a job announcement, please make sure to include a PDF version.
Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Parent Peer Specialists offer the best supports and develop the most sustainable peer support programs when their supervisors and leadership clearly understand the roles of CPS and CPPS and offer regular, effective supervision grounded in peer support principles. In the summer of 2020, the WIPSEI launched the Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice gatherings. Click here to learn more about our Communities of Practice.
The Supervisors of CPS and CPPS Community of Practice is designed as a space for supervisors who also have previously worked in CPS/CPPS roles or similar peer support roles. They are also places where people currently working in CPS and CPPS roles can develop additional supervisory skillsets and knowledge. If you are a supervisor of CPS or CPPS but do not have experience in the CPS or CPPS role, please click here to watch recordings of past Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice gatherings.
Below is an example of one of our Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice gatherings, where Jonathan P. Edwards, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW, NYCPS, facilitates a conversation on how the model of “the 5 critical functions of supervisions” centers building connection.