Family Peer Advocate Credential (FPA)

Families Together administers the New York State Family Peer Advocate Credential. As of 2017, over 400 Family Peer Advocate Credentials have been awarded. The establishment of the FPA Credential recognizes the importance of family-to-family support. The intent of this credentialing process is to formally recognize the expertise of Family Peer Advocates, to ensure all advocates demonstrate core competencies, to expand reimbursement possibilities, and to provide opportunities for professional growth and collaboration.

What is a Family Peer Advocate?

Family Peer Advocates have ‘lived-experience’ as the parent (biological, foster, adoptive) or primary caregiver of a child/youth with a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, or developmental disability). They receive training to develop skills and strategies to empower and support other families. They foster effective parent-professional partnership and promote the practice of family-driven and youth-guided approaches.

NYS Family Peer Advocate Provisional Credential

An individual seeking an FPA Credential will typically start with a Provisional Credential.  Please read the FAQ and the Application Instructions before completing the application.  We have also prepared a pre-recorded video with page-by-page instructions.  FTNYS staff is available to support you as you complete your FPA Provisional Credential application should you have additional questions.

Completion of the PEP Level 1 training is required for the Family Peer Advocate Provisional Credential. If you have not taken the Level 1 training CLICK HERE to get to the FTNYS training page and follow the instructions.  If you have any problems accessing the training, call our office at 518-432-0333, ext.18.

NYS Family Peer Advocate Professional Credential

An individual seeking an FPA Professional Credential must have a valid FPA Provisional Credential AND have completed all components of PEP Level 2 training.  Please re-read the FAQ and the Application Instructions before completing the application form.  We have also prepared a pre-recorded video with page-by-page instructions.  FTNYS staff is available to support you as you complete your FPA Professional Credential application should you have additional questions.

Completion of the PEP Level 2 training is required for the Family Peer Advocate Professional Credential.  If you have not taken the Level 2 training CLICK HERE to get to the FTNYS training page and follow the instructions.  If you have any problems accessing the training, call our office at 518-432-0333, ext.18.

NYS Family Peer Advocate Credential-For Traditional PEP

If you completed the traditional, 40-hour in-person training and would like to apply for an FPA Credential the process is slightly different.  Please read the FAQ and the Application Instructions before completing the application form.  FTNYS staff is available to support you as you complete your FPA Credential application.

NYS Family Peer Credential Renewal

The Family Peer Advocate Credential is valid for 2 years from the date it was issued.  It is must be renewed every 2 years.  It is the responsibility of each FPA to submit the required FPA Credential Renewal paperwork no more than 90 days and no less than 30 days prior to the expiration date of their current, valid credential.  Below you will find all the information and documents you need to renew your FPA Credential. Please note, there is a fee to renew your credential.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

If your FPA Professional Credential has expired and you wish to reinstate it, see the FAQ for more instructions and the additional fee schedule.  If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ, please call the office at 518-432-0333, ext. 18.

NYS Family Peer Advocate Code of Ethics

Families Together is dedicated to the principle that Family Peer Support Advocates must meet the highest standards of ethical practice. To that end, the Family Peer Advocate Workforce Development Advisory Committee (WDAC) has adopted a Code of Ethics specifically for Family Peer Advocates.

The FPA Code of Ethics exists, in part, for the protection of families and to maintain the integrity of the workforce. It outlines the standards of ethical conduct for all Family Peer Advocates. Failure to comply with the FPA Code of Ethics may result in a disciplinary action.

A separate document, the FPA Code of Ethics Violation Policies and Procedures, will be used by the WDAC to investigate all alleged violations of the FPA Code of Ethics. Credentialed Family Peer Advocates are therefore encouraged to thoroughly read and practice in accordance with the FPA Code of Ethics.

For more information on the FPA Credential or PEP Training please contact:

Susan Burger, Director of Workforce Development
516.314.1143
sburger@ftnys.org

Joanna Ahlatis, Program Coordinator
518.432.0333 ext. 18
jahlatis@ftnys.org

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