AMHA-OR - Peer Consultation
AMHA-OR members: Expand or join a peer consultation group
Vital reading for peer consultation group members.
The AMHA principle: “Mental health professionals shall create an interdisciplinary
community that promotes and supports sound, ethical practice.” is
realized by participation in peer consultation.
AMHA-OR Bylaws require all members to either
belong to a Peer Consultation Group
or to have formal consultation or supervision. The expectation is that consultation
meetings will be at least once a month. AMHA members can choose to meet with a
single peer consultant. AMHA-OR
Members value consultation and several have more than one consultation
Peer consultation has multiple benefits.
First it creates and supports professional community.
it encourages ethical practice and provides networking opportunities.
Professional community supports AMHA-OR members
as they provide quality care to clients.
Professional community supports counseling and therapy services through appropriate referrals and improved decision making capabilities.
Professional community helps prevent therapist
burnout by decreasing the isolation therapists can experience in private
Professional community allows mentoring
opportunities in therapy skills and business practices.
peer consultation is our quality assurance strategy. When we present our practices to the
public, when we market contracts for services the fact of our peer
consultation is an assurance to clients of our well developed skills and our
Peer group consultation and Peer supervision is a growing standard of practice across the country. In many cases, peer supervision is a required standard of behavior.
Here are three more reasons why professionals start, join or formalize their consultation groups:
(1) Less Risk and Lower Liability. Licensing Boards and Courts are ruling more favorably on the part of professionals who demonstrate their dedication to clients and patients. Simple participation in a peer or supervision group can be enough to demonstrate your commitment and that you care about such matters.
(2) Save Time and Money. Groups provide a place to ask routine questions about treatment and assessment issues as well as running and organizing your practice. You can save time and money in the long run.
3) Professional Growth. Groups are
excellent ways to improve your skills as a practitioner, discuss real or
hypothetical cases, and to obtain inexpensive and rewarding continuing
A professional should join or create a peer group if they answer Yes to any of these questions:
ü Do I represent my self as an expert without having a certification to that effect or without additional training that a court of law would automatically consider evidence of expert skill?
ü Do I work with challenging patients including personality disorders, self-harming, abused or potentially dangerous people?
ü Do I sometimes wish I had an opportunity to explore and discuss treatment issues on a real or hypothetical level?
Do I sometimes feel isolated and
overwhelmed by the work I do?
Or if they answer No to this question:
ü Could I identify and describe in detail the practice patterns, values and standards of care used by other professionals who have similar practices?
Organizing Peer Consultation Groups
AMHA members agree to participate in peer consultation groups. With the recognition that group memberships are fluid, AMHA's Administrator attempts to maintain a list of active peer consultation groups - particularly those accepting new members.
Regular peer consultation is an important part of a responsible practice. Not only can it serve to protect you in certain instances, but it helps uphold the reputation of AMHA.
If you are interested in joining an exisiting peer consultation group, or would like to form a new one, please contact AMHA-OR Administrator Elise Campbell at 503-222-0332.
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