Role-playing as a Tool for Hiring, Training, and Supervising Peer Providers

Abstract

This article presents role-playing as an activity that can help managers in hiring, evaluating, and supervising peer providers. With the increasing employment of peers in mental health care systems, supervisors have had to face dilemmas related to peer employment more frequently and with little guidance and direction. In response, this article presents role-playing as a practical tool to hire, train, and supervise peer providers. The effectiveness of role-playing depends largely on context and execution, and so this article also offers direction on how to maximize the utility and benefits of role-playing to enhance the performance of peer providers.

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Oh, H., Solomon, P. Role-playing as a Tool for Hiring, Training, and Supervising Peer Providers. J Behav Health Serv Res 41, 216–229 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-013-9350-2

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Keywords

  • Learning Objective
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Social Care Professional
  • Social Work Education
  • Peer Support Program