Webinar: Discovering the peer role within standardized EPI care

Key to wellness: Discovering the peer role within standardized early psychosis intervention (EPI) care

NAVIGATE is a comprehensive program designed to provide early and effective treatment to individuals who have experienced a first episode of psychosis.  A cornerstone aspect of the EPI-SET (Early Psychosis Intervention – Spreading Evidence Based Treatment) project in Ontario is the implementation of the NAVIGATE model within five pilot agencies across the province.  As multi-disciplinary services, EPI programs that are involved in this pilot were faced with the task of adopting a standardized care framework into an existing service.  This webinar will describe the roles, tasks and processes that were utilized by the Peer Coaches at CMHA Waterloo-Wellington’s 1st Step Program to integrate the NAVIGATE model within their practice as peer specialists.

Learn more about the NAVIGATE model.

Learn more about the EPI-SET project.

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EDT

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Learning objectives

  • Provide a brief overview of the NAVIGATE model of EPI care
  • Describe the tensions involved in implementing a standardized care model within an existing service
  • Outline the steps taken to integrate the NAVIGATE  model within the Peer Coach role
  • Describe the key enhancements that were made to the Peer Coach role via the implementation of the NAVIGATE modules
  • Discuss the opportunities that were created by this reflective practice process to further define/develop/shape the overall Peer Role within the NAVIGATE model.


Kyle Bulstrode: Peer worker – CMHAWW - 1st Step EPI – Guelph and Cambridge

Garry Stephens: Peer worker – CMHAWW - 1st Step EPI – Kitchener Waterloo

Kim Hewitt-McVicker, OT Reg. (Ont.): 1st Step Manager, CMHAWW

Alan Cudmore, MA:  Alan is an Implementation Specialist with CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program

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