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1st National Conference on Peer Support

Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada (PSACC) and the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness invite the submission of proposals for presentation at the 1st National Conference on Peer Support (NCPS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, April 30th to May 2nd, 2014.


The PSACC Conference Committee is seeking abstracts from individuals, peer support workers, clinicians, service providers, peer support organizations, community mental health organizations, workplace peer support programs, family members, researchers and community members from across Canada and abroad who are interested in the growing area of peer support to share their thoughts on “Hope. Empowerment. Recovery: Promoting Growth and Accessibility of Peer Support.”


We encourage submissions from a range of stakeholders and interest groups in the endeavour to provide a broad perspective on the subject matter, themes and streams.


The conference will focus on four streams and serve the needs of three target audience segments. The following should be considered when submitting proposals:

Conference Streams:

  1. Standards of Practice and Certification of Peer Supporters
  2. Peer Support Settings: clinical, community, workplace
  3. Research
  4. Innovations in Peer Support

Conference Target Audience Segments:

  1. Peer support workers
    To serve their interest in continuing education, best practices within clinical, community, and/or workplace settings, and the PSACC certification process
  2. Organizational decision makers and peer support program coordinators
    To serve their interest in implementing, managing, and enhancing peer support programs within clinical, community, or workplace settings
  3. Policy makers and researchers
    To serve their interest in determining the impact of peer support and pursuing research to demonstrate this impact

Sessions will be between 60 and 90 minutes and will run concurrently. Presentation forms can include paper presentations, posters, interactive workshops, roundtables or panels.



All submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference theme
  • Clarity and coherence of submission
  • Contribution to the knowledge and practice of Peer Support
  • Relevance and utility to participants
  • Key points of presentation and evidence of tangible and relevant learning objectives
  • Consistency with the Mission and Vision of PSACC

The selection committee may contact those providing submissions for additional information.




Please note:

  • Presenters must register for the full conference. All efforts are being made to secure subsidy assistance for attendees and presenters who require financial assistance. Details will be posted to as they become available.
  • Presenters are responsible for providing all material for their presentation to conference participants (a small handout is recommended for participants based on feedback from previous conferences)
  • Presenters will be provided with a designated time to present by the conference committee.



The deadline date for receiving abstracts has now closed. Thank you to all who have submitted. We will be in touch shortly with results.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference.