FolkTime is the Oregon Hub for Intentional Peer Support Training.
What is Intentional Peer Support?
Intentional Peer Support, known as IPS, is a relational framework developed in the 1990s by Shery Mead and others who were active in the mental health consumer/survivor/x-patient movement. It has evolved over the years while engaging many people in the work of transformative, mutually responsible relationships. This framework is generally evoked when someone may be experiencing intense emotions or psychological distress, yet it proves useful in many situations and relationships. For these reasons, we believe IPS is beneficial to all human service providers!
“As peer support in mental health proliferates, we must be mindful of our intention: social change. It is not about developing more effective services, but rather about creating dialogues that have influence on all of our understandings, conversations, and relationships.”
– Shery Mead, Founder of IPS
3 Principles, 4 Tasks
The formation of IPS’s Principles and Tasks gives gravity to our ideals, distilling the extensive core content down to digestible pieces that we can hold on to, even in the midst of challenging situations:
Quotes and descriptions adapted from the Intentional Peer Support Core Material.
IPS in the Community
The Intentional Peer Support framework is used in many programs around the world! In Oregon, we value our community partners who are investing in applying the principles and tasks to their organizations and work. Some of our key partners with Organizational Trainers are:
Agustina Vidal ICARUS Project