FolkTime is the Oregon HUB for Intentional Peer Support Training.

Intentional Peer Support (IPS) training certifies participants as an

Oregon Health Authority Traditional Health Worker Peer Support Specialist (PSS) & as an ACCBO Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM).

This training also offers 40 CEUs. IPS is a great training for all human service providers.

What is Intentional Peer Support?

Intentional Peer Support (IPS) is a way of thinking about and inviting powerful, transformation relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angels, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things.

The 3 principles of IPS are:

  • From helping to learning
  • From individual to relationship
  • From fear to hope

What does IPS address?

  • Connection: Maintaining a Peer connection isn’t always easy, but it’s possible
  • World View: Identifying our own, and another’s unique values, beliefs and stories to embrace “multiple truths”
  • Mutuality: Learning together how we relate as peers, both of us deciding what makes our relationship work
  • Moving towards…creating a new story for our lives, instead of focusing on moving away from what we don’t want

Other topics to be covered during the training include: Trauma, Crisis Alternatives, Ethics and Boundaries, Abuse Reporting, HIPAA, CSX Movement, and Progress Notes

We all have our own “worldviews” and we thrive when they have been validated. We all have our own stories and some of us want to change what we have come to know. Creating a new and exciting story with another peer is wonderful! This allows us to stop dragging around the old baggage. We do this with seeing the world in a whole new way. You can too! In our training, we will practice IPS through various role plays, activities, videos, and demonstrations.

PSS: A Peer Support Specialist is any [range of] individuals who provide supportive services to a current or former consumer of mental health or addiction treatment. (From ORS 414.025).

Intentional Peer Support is recognized as an approved training for individuals working with Adults “Peer support specialist” means an individual providing services to another individual who shares a similar life experience with the peer support specialist (addiction to addiction, mental health condition to mental health condition).


Angel Prater

Angel Prater works for FolkTime as the Executive Director, is a Certified National IPS Trainer, and was named Oregon’s IPS trainer of trainers. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, and has recently become a grandmother of a chunky little baby boy.  Angel enjoys riding motorcycles, skydiving, socializing, and most of all, spending time with her family. Angel says, “Recovery became a new way of life. Living without the use of drugs allowed a life of mental wellness and stability.  I made a promise to take all of my life challenges and turn them into something good. I promised God that I will walk with those who are struggling so they may know that, no matter what, there is hope! IT CAN BE DONE!”  Since July 5, 1996, Angel has been supporting others by sharing her experience, strength and hope, without shame or guilt. She hopes to inspire others to share their story as well.  As the famous movie says, let’s “Pay it forward!”

Danielle Grondin

Danielle Grondin is honored to be part of the peer movement. Her schooling focused on Sociology and Civic Leadership, while her lived experience illuminated the strengths and shortcomings of our current systems of care. Danielle has been in educator roles for over a decade and is passionate about social justice, intersectionality, sustainability, and holistic healing modalities. As the Director of Training at FolkTime, Danielle specializes in Intentional Peer Support. She is also trained as a Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Specialist, a Hearing Voices Facilitator, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. Danielle is a pet parent to three fuzzy animals, loves the outdoors, and enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.


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