Creating and Sustaining Natural Supports for Peers


Mickie McDowell

Presentation: As peer specialists, we need to understand the importance of helping our peers create and sustain natural supports within their communities. In order to effectively do this, we must first understand why this is important and what the difference is between a natural and unnatural support. This interactive presentation will cover these topics as well as touch on how to tap into passion and purpose when connecting peers to various resources.


  • Define Natural and Unnatural/paid support and identify examples of each
  • Describe a clear understanding of the importance of natural supports for peers
  • Identify/Develop strategies to assist peers in developing natural supports
  • Identify the peers passion and purpose and assist in making a connection to create natural supports

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