We have found interaction with peers through our networking group to be an invaluable experience and would like to increase the interaction by creating a small peer group.
What is a small peer group? A small peer group is a closed group with 6 to 8 members that meet bi-weekly or monthly to discuss case consultations, marketing strategies, resources and more.
I am a member of a peer support group in Dallas. This group has been beneficial to me because it has provided me with consistent guidance and support from tenured counselors. Through participation in this peer group, I have learned about community agencies, employment opportunities, client and professional resources, helpful trainings, and marketing strategies.
An additional component of the peer support group, which has been important to my growth, is the discussion of case consultations. These discussions have provided me with a new perspective as well as potential interventions to be used.
Finally, we arrange for additional training as needed, which may include hiring professionals and or demonstrating interventions during our meetings. For instance, together we decided that ethics training was necessary; therefore, we hired a lawyer and debriefed on ethics, private practice forms, subpoenas, and more.
The SA Counselors Networking Group is planning to create a small peer group, which will start as a pilot group. The pilot group will allow for discussion of case consultations, marketing strategies, private practice questions, and more.
If interested in being a part of our pilot group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org your name, title, and availability.
We hope to hear from you and have you as a member of our small peer support group!
Tracy Cooper, MA, LPC-Intern