National, State, and Provincial Peer Associations, Organizations, and Networks
Peer Resources Network - Founded in 1982, this organization provides Internet and print resources, including the monthly Peer Bulletin magazine. They also provide networking for all levels and all types of peer work including peer education, peer support, and peer mediation for industry settings, schools, colleges, and universities. Administers the National Peer Trainer Certification system. Maintains the world's largest database of peer programs and provides no-cost, expert peer program consultation to Network members. They are the longest-running and most experienced of all peer program consultants and services. Located at 1052 Davie Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 4E3, Tel: (250) 480-9698; e-mail: email@example.com. Twitter
The Scottish Peer Education Network - A group of peer education charities and other organisations who work with young people and adults on all kinds of issues from sexual health to illegal highs. They promote the spread of projects throughout Scotland, and their members work all across the country, from Edinburgh to Shetland and everywhere in between. Their dedicated SPEN Officer provides members with toolkits and resources, training and free consultations and advice. They also organise educational events and networking meetings throughout the year Joining the Network is free. Twitter
The Peer Mediation Network - Peer Mediation is conflict resolution for young people by young people. The Peer Mediation Network brings together conflict resolution practitioners and educators committed to promoting peer mediation in schools and the wider community in the UK. Membership is free. A map and list of schools around the UK that use peer mediation is a unique element of their website.
Peers for Progress - Founded in 2006 to promote peer support around the world, this organization focuses on peer support in health care including chronic diseases, health risks, and mental health. The program is an off-shoot of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and provides peer program consultation, tools and training, and a national peer support network. They are located at 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, Kansas 66211; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Group Connection - This service is part of the Center for Supportive Schools (formerly known as the Princeton Center for Leadership Training). They train school faculty to teach peer leadership courses to older students who in turn educate and support younger students. They develop, disseminate, and promote research-validated peer leadership and other K-12 solutions to more fully engage students in learning. They are located at 911 Commons Way, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; Tel: (609) 252-9300; email: email@example.com.
National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP) - The National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP) was established after the dissolution of The National Association of Peer Programs, originally founded in 1984 as the National Peer Helpers Association. NAPPP's mission is to help adults establish, train supervise, maintain and evaluate peer programs. Using the NAPPP Standards and Ethics as a guiding principle, NAPPP helps adults through networking, leadership training, certification and programmatic problem solving. Contact: NAPPP, PO Box 28564, Gladstone, MO 64188; Toll-free phone/fax: (888) 691-1088; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The California Peer Support Association - A professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the advancement, promotion and enhancement of peer support and peer support programs for law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service personnel. The goal is to create a network of peer supporters in law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service professions. To increase and strengthen the number of peer support programs throughout California and to provide a basis for the development and maintenance of state-wide standards and procedures and to create awareness and support for peer support programs. They also provide assistance to troubled employees, and bring credibility to critical incident debriefings. Peer Supporters are trained to act primarily as a listening ear and they can also assess whether personnel need immediate or professional attention and refer them to other sources of help. Contact: info@CaliforniaPeerSupport.org
InterNational Association of Peer Supporters (formerly the National Association of Peer Specialists) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 2004 to help people in recovery from psychiatric disabilities around the USA. They provide a quarterly newsletter, access to recovery information, and an annual conference for peer specialists. They provide training for peer specialists, and the cost for annual membership is $25.00. Peer specialist training materials, both student and instructor versions, are available through www.RecoverResources.com. Additional contact information: 755 Alta Dale SE, Ada, MI 49301; email Steve Harrington at email@example.com
Depression and Bipolar Support Association is a leading provider of peer specialist training and certification. The training is based on a recovery philosophy. For additional information contact Lisa Goodale, DBSA, 730 N. Franklin St. Suite 501, Chicago, Illinois 60654; Tel: (800) 826-3632.
Florida Peer Network, Inc. is an independent organization of and for people who are recovering from psychiatric disabilities and co-occurring disorders. Their mission is to promote recovery, quality of life, advocacy, education, mutual support, peer-directed services, and participation in mental health policy design for consumers in the state of Florida. Contact: Florida Peer Network, Inc., 13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MHC 2505, Tampa, Florida 33512; Tel: (877) 352-7337.
Bacchus and Gamma Peer Education Network - An international association of college and university based peer education programs dedicated to alcohol abuse prevention and related student health and safety issues. They address a variety of topics including college student alcohol abuse issues and programs, illicit drug use and programs, sexual health and responsibility issues and programs, HIV/AIDS prevention issues and programs, tobacco use prevention issues and programs, safety and violence prevention issues and sexual assault and rape prevention issues and programs. They provide training programs and resources and materials can be ordered directly from their web site. Contact: The BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network, PO Box 100430, Denver, Colorado 80250-0430; Tel: (303) 871-0901; Fax: (303) 871-0907; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Japanese Peer Support Association - Created in 2002 to support peer initiatives throughout Japan. Contact: Professor Sumio Morikawa, Director General, Japanese Peer Support Association, Tel/Fax: 027-221-3777; e-mail: email@example.com.
The Peer Support Networker - An opportunity for trainers to learn about various issues and ideas associated with peer support and bullying in the United Kingdom. Copies of each issue are available on line. The site also includes links to other resources.
The Ontario Peer Helpers' Association - This organization appears to have ceased operations It was a pioneering network for peer helping programs associated with schools in Ontario. Services included a yearly conference, newsletters, curriculum suggestions for a Peer Helping Credit Course, a Speakers and Resources Directory, and notification regarding three provincial conferences and various regional conferences. Information was last available from: Cheryl Brackenbury, 357 Major Street, Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 4C8, (905) 372-7275. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ontario Peer Development Initiative - This organization specializes in consumer/survivor peer support in the mental health system of Ontario. They provide information about legislation, policy, and research, and act as advocate to promote recovery-oriented peer support. They are located in the Centre for Social Innovation Annex in Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4. Tel: (416) 484-8785; Toll-free: (866) 681-6661; email: email@example.com.
Peer Support Acceditation and Certification Canada - Founded in 2014 as a non-profit to promote the recognition, growth, and accessibility of peer support in mental health organizations, and to certifiy qualified peer supporters as well as accredit qualified peer support training programs. They intend to provide a yearly conference, issue standards of practice, and support evaluation and research. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
PEERS - An officially-recognized peer network for peer trainers in the province of Alberta (Canada). Administered by the Youth Services Division of the Alberta Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission (AADAC). Publishes a newsletter and holds a variety of training workshops. For further information contact the AADAC Calgary office at (403) 297-4657.
Western Manitoba Region Peer Helpers Association. - Supported by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, this officially-recognized peer association holds a variety of training workshops. For further information contact Larry Zawadsky at (204) 729-3275.
Manitoba Central Region Peer Helpers Association - Assists the region to (1) encourage all schools to implement peer helper programs, especially junior high and high school, (2) support new peer helper programs through a "Buddy System" consultative network, (3) share resources, (4) provide a regional student peer helper conference each year, (5) locate resources to maintain current programs, (6) provide training for trainers for peer helping programs, and (7) provide a newsletter, networking and sharing of ideas through quarterly meetings. For further information contact CRPHA Chairperson, Arthur Meighen High School, 201 River Road, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 3W2; Tel: (204) 857-6838; Fax: (204) 857-8241; e-mail: email@example.com.
The North Carolina Peer Helper Association This organization appears to have ceased operations - It was a professional organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and improving peer helping programs in schools, business/industry and the community.
The South Dakota Peer Helpers Association - Contact: NE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER, PO BOX 1030, WATERTOWN, SD 57201; Tel: (605) 884-3524
The Maryland Peer Helpers Association - Contact: 410-535-7467.
The Massachusetts Peer Helpers Association - This organization acts as a catalyst for peer work within the state. They are affiliated with the National Peer Helpers Association and they hold their own conferences and professional development events. They also provide recognition to outstanding peer advisors and outstanding students associated with peer helping. The produce a quarterly newsletter and a directory of peer programs. Contact: MPHA, 83 Cedar Street, Milford, MA 01757; Tel: (508) 252-5060. Contact: Corinne Pridham.
Iowa Peer Helpers Association.
YouthLaunch Formerly the Peer Assistance Network (PAN). Their mandate has expanded to include additional ways to engage young people in meaningful and valued service. Contact: 3701 Executive Center Drive, Suite 210, Austin, Texas 78731; Tel: (800) 875-1862 or (512) 342-0424: Fax: (512) 342-9796; firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Tutoring Association - A diverse group of approximately 437+ professionals, including tutors, tutor coordinators, program administrators, educational specialists, literacy program advocates, and college instructors. The mission of the NTA is to foster the advancement of tutoring and enhance student success. Membership in the NTA is open to anyone actively involved in tutoring or in tutoring program administration. The NTA publishes a newsletter and holds an annual conference. Contact: National Tutoring Resource Center, 3719 Washington Blvd., Indianapolis, Indiana 46205; Tel: (317) 926-9671; Fax: (317) 927-0789; e-mail: email@example.com.
National Service Learning Clearinghouse - A great resource of information, materials, books, conferences, details about funding sources, and other areas all about service learning and related fields. Service learning is a term that is used to describe the variety of ways that students can apply what they learn in their schools to their activities in the community. Contact: National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, ETR Associates, 4 Carbonero Way, Scotts Valley, California 95066; Tel: 1-866-245-SERV (7378) or 831-438-4060; 831-461-0205 TDD; Fax: 831-430-9471; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.