WEBINAR: An Overview of Three Models of Family Peer Support

August 13, 2015

A SAMHSA sponsored webinar presented by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health will take place Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 3pm Eastern Time called “An Overview of Three Models of Family Peer Support.”

The world of family peer support is continuing to expand and the models for providing this support continue to emerge. As our knowledge of family peer support continues to grow, a variety of programs, offering unique modalities and characteristics, have been developed, researched, and found to be effective. This webinar will explore three nationally known programs and will delve into the nuances of each.

For over 36 years, Parent to Parent (P2P), an evidence-based practice, has been a provider of emotional and informational support to families of children with special health care needs, disabilities, and mental health challenges. Support is provided by matching parents through a nationwide database that identifies a Support Parent as a resource for the family.

Founded in 1969, Parents Anonymous, an evidence-based family strengthening program, offers weekly support groups for parents and caregivers and separate groups for children and youth. This support is offered utilizing the theories of mutual support, parent leadership and shared leadership. Parents also receive support and resource information through a National Parent Helpline.

For over 25 years, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH) has provided parent peer support through a network of over 120 nationwide chapters. In 2012, NFFCMH launched a national certification for Parent Support Providers to provide standardization of the practices of family peers. To date, over 250 individuals in 35 states and the District of Columbia have been nationally certified. Currently, NFFCMH is collaborating with several states to develop reciprocity guidelines for state and national certification.

Please join us as the leaders of these three, national organizations discuss the evolution of family peer support, and how these three models are currently being implemented in communities across the country.                 


  • Kathy Brill, MPS, Executive Director, Parent to Parent USA; Lisa Pion-Berlin, Ph.D., Executive Director, Parents Anonymous; Renee Mills, BS, RN, Program Supervisor, Parents Anonymous; Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Interim Executive Director, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Here is the registration link for joining the August 26th webinar:

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  • If you are having an issue logging into the web, you can also join by phone first, press *0 and get a private operator help to get you onto the web.  If you have an issue any time during the call, you can press *0 for immediate help. 
  • If you have any questions, contact Kelle Masten via email at or at 703-682-5187.
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