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