What is it about?

The National Association of Peer Supporters developed supervision guidelines, the National Practice Guidelines for Peer Specialists and Supervisors (NPG-S), to strengthen supervisors’ skills in upholding the core values of peer support. The main purpose of the NPG-S is to assist supervisors and peer support specialists as they embark together on a mutual learning process about peer support values and how best to put them into practice.

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Why is it important?

The article reinforces the crucial role of supervisors in protecting the integrity of peer support services, particularly as a projected 1 million additional peer support specialists are needed to meet the increased demand for behavioral health services in the United States. The authors point to N.A.P.S. guidelines that were developed specifically to help peer supervisors integrate twelve core peer support values into their professional practices.


Rapid growth of the peer support workforce carries a risk that peer support values will be undermined in treatment settings that don’t have an ingrained recovery orientation. Supervisors play a critical role in helping peer support specialists uphold these values, and our hope is that the National Practice Guidelines for Peer Specialists and Supervisors will better equip supervisors to preserve the quality and values of peer support services

Dana Foglesong

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This page is a summary of: National Practice Guidelines for Peer Support Specialists and Supervisors, Psychiatric Services, February 2022, American Psychiatric Association,
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.202000901.
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