A number of pioneers of peer support have provided historical accounts. As Gayle Bluebird says in her article, History of the Consumer/Survivor Movement:
History connects us with our past, with those who have gone before us and those who have earned remembrance. Persons currently working as peer providers, including peer specialists may not be aware of the rich history to which they now belong. The purpose of this account is to review the early history of the Consumer/Survivor Movement so that peers can learn about their roots, where they came from as it applies to their work today. It is time to pay tribute and honor those early pioneers who created the path so that we could someday benefit and continue the journey.
Gayle’s article and several others are available through the National Empowerment Center website. http://www.power2u.org/articles.html
Joseph Rogers and the History of the Peer Specialist Movement
In a recent National Networking Teleconference Hosted by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, Joseph Rogers gave a historical view of the peer specialist movement with a clear explanation of some of the current issues.
Click the National Networking Teleconference Minutes as provided to iNAPS by Susan Rogers (teleconference moderator) to learn more.