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Collaborative Peer Supervision

The Collaborative Peer Supervision Group (CPSG) Project

This model, developed and implemented in Columbus, OH, was derived from three primary sources:

  • A relationship-based infant mental health approach;
  • A peer supervision framework developed for nurses; and
  • A Continuing Education-Collaborative Office Rounds initiative designed to improve communication between pediatricians and child psychiatrists

A typical Collaborative Peer Supervision Group consists of two co-moderators one of whom has infant mental health expertise and anywhere from 8 to 15 participants.  Members are drawn from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, child and adolescent psychiatry, child psychology, early intervention, nursing, pediatrics, and social work.  Meetings are held at least once a month for approximately 1 hour.  Both food and continuing education credits are provided.  All members take turns presenting a case or topic, while the remaining members become peer consultants, modeling mutual respect and support for the presenter. The structure of the model can accommodate a wide variety of presentation formats, including a blend of case history, a written case summary supplemented by a video clip, etc.

Excerpted from Thomasgard, M. & Warfield, J. (2005). The collaborative peer supervision group project:  A continuing education model to promote professional competence. Zero to Three



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