A new program launched this summer from the Center fulfilling a long time need at Duke. The Peer Support program was developed by Administrative Director, Melissa Segal and is now led by her and McLean Pollock; Director of the PiCASO Peer Coaching Programs and Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
The Duke Peer Support Program trains volunteer colleagues to support their peers. Peer Support Volunteers (PSV’s) listen, help their peers process their experiences, and identify appropriate resources as needed. Duke Health team members can take the 2-hour training and gain approval from their supervisor to begin the process of becoming a PSV.
When employees are facing stressors in their personal or professional life, they can chat confidentially with a colleague and seek appropriate resources. Duke employees can access peer support by visiting hsq.dukehealth.org/psv.