Kim Dixon, BA, MSc, CPS (F) FAMILIES Peer Specialist (&Co.) Area Manager
We are excited to announce that Kim Dixon of FAMILIES is the first person in Canada to participate in the new national certification process for family peer supporters in collaboration with Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada (PSACC).
“There is great enthusiasm in working with [Kim Dixon and FAMILIES] as we progress forward towards certifying family peer supporters,” said PSACC Executive Director, Kim Sunderland on May 26, 2014. Kim Dixon will work with PSACC over the next year to demonstrate the necessary knowledge, competencies and experience required to achieve the new national family peer supporter certification.
FAMILIES Reaches a Canadian First
FAMILIES was selected as a model of best practice and Kim and Heather were invited to present at the first national conference on peer support in mental health on April 30, 2014. The Halifax conference honored the first recipients of the new national certified peer supporter designation for individuals living in recovery from mental illness.
Kim Dixon and FAMILIES have been providing evidence based family peer support for over 10 years.
Kim Dixon and FAMILIES have been providing evidence based family peer support for over 10 years. In 2013 the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released the first national guidelines for the practice and training of peer support in mental health.
“Family-based peer support is equally important (MHCC, 2013, p. 16).”
FAMILIES will continue to strive for excellence in providing family peer support to ensure a successful journey of adaptation to the trauma of mental illness for all family members. It is hoped that this new designation will increase stakeholder confidence in mental health family peer support and increase the general public’s trust in this non-clinical mental health intervention.
Kim Dixon and FAMILIES intends to support Peer Support and Accreditation and Certification Canada (PSACC) in moving family peer support in mental health forward with ongoing participation in the new national certification and accreditation process – bringing greater possibilities for all family members affected by any mental illness.