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date: 20 June 2019

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This chapter identifies and explores three different models of peer support that are currently in widespread use. There is a brief review of the policy and practice context of peer support. The chapter explores and explains some of the language associated with peer support and some of the assumptions that this language implies. The nature of power relationship and its impact on peer support is considered. The three models of peer support are explored in detail, with a particular emphasis on the commonalities and differences between them, the motivation of those involved, and the underpinning values of each approach. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the nature of peer relationships and the characteristics that make people peers in the context of peer support.

Keywords: peer support, peer workers, values, power, policy

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