Family Peer Support Worker
Family Peer Support Worker
The Family Peer Support Worker (FPSW) supports parents and other primary caregivers to ensure that their voice is heard, that their preferences are incorporated into their children’s plans of care, and that their natural support systems are strengthened. The FPSW helps families gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively manage their own needs and ultimately move to more family independence. The FPSW serves as a role model demonstrating effective relationships, interactions, and behaviors, sharing his or her experience as appropriate to establish a bond based on similar experience.
The Family Peer Support Worker uses a strengths-based and culturally sensitive approach that recognizes individual youth and family identity, cultural history, life experiences, beliefs, and preferences.
Family Peer Support Workers are primary caregivers who have “lived-experience” of being actively involved in raising a child who experiences emotional, behavioral, mental health and/or substance use challenges. This includes young people with neurobiological differences as well as those diagnosed with a serious emotional disorder or substance abuse disorder.
Family Peer Support Workers have experience navigating child-serving systems and have received specialized training to empower other families who are raising children with similar experiences. Specific requirements include:
- Successful completion of a 40 hour training program
- 18 years of age or older
- Valid New Mexico mailing address
- Valid New Mexico driver's license
- High School Diploma or GED
- Parent or other family member of a child or youth who has received a diagnosis of Serious Emotional Disturbance and has received mental health and/or substance use treatment and support services, before the age of 18
- Ability to manage your own well being
If you meet these requirements, please fill out an application (click here). This includes the family peer support worker application, code of ethics, job description and checklist.
If you are a Supervisor, please fill out this application (click here).
New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP), Inc. will be certifying family peer support workers. Examination dates will be listed on their website. Check for upcoming schedules here.
The NMCBBHP board evaluates and determines the readiness of the applicant and ensures the applicant has met or meets the board's requirements. Do you have at least 40 hours of internship? If so, please fill out and read the instructions on the Internship Verification Form.
Re-certification process includes submitting documentation totaling forty (40) hours of continuing education courses and training approved by the board every two years from certification date. Click here to open the re-certification review checklist to help you track your re-certication.
Family Peer Support Worker and Supervisor Training
Behavioral Health Services is happy to announce that we have trained our first round of Family Peer Support Workers, Supervisors and Trainers in the Parent Peer Support Provider Practice Model Curriculum by Millie Sweeney with FREDLA (Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association).
We are excited to roll out our 4th round of trainings in 2019. Dates for upcoming trainings are TBD soon.
The trainings will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is centrally located. Please have all interested applicants apply. Application packet is attached to this email. PLEASE SEND APPLICATIONS TO firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact Nicole Montoya-Jones directly by phone (505) 795-0261 or by email to Nicole.email@example.com.
FPSW Certification Testing Dates
See below for the upcoming Family Peer Support Worker certification test dates with the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP), Inc.:
- January 25, 2018
- March 15, 2019
- June 14, 2019
- September 13, 2019
- December 13, 2019
Location and times to be determined.
- Assessing Readiness to Become a Parent Peer Support Provider
- Behavioral Health Services Division Certified Peer Support Worker Application
- Best Personnel Practices in PSP programs
- Community Stories: Family Partners in Wraparound
- FREDLA Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association
- Families ASAP
- Family Peer Support Resources
- Family Partner 10 Principles
- Family Partner Models in Wraparound
- Family Partner Phases and Activities of the Wraparound Process
- Family Partners in Wraparound: Who We Are and What We Do? by Tracy Little
- Family Partners Task Force: Request for Information
- Family Support Partners in the High Fidelity Wraparound Process
- Mental Health First Aid
- Mistakes in Using Family Partners
- Network of Care
- New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professional, Inc.
- New Mexico Crisis Line
- Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement
- Readiness to Employ Parent Support Providers
- SAMHSA Peer Support and Social Inclusion