Peer Visitor Training

Do you want to help others with limb loss? Consider becoming a Certified Peer Visitor (CPV)! CPVs are trained volunteers who have adjusted well to living with limb loss and are able to provide encouragement and answers from a place, and at a pace, that an individual affected by limb loss can better relate with.  Peer visitors have lived with limb loss for at least one year and believe that peer support and networking with other people affected by limb loss / limb difference is a vital part of everyone’s recovery process.

Certified Peer Visitors may also be trained if they are family members or caregivers of people with limb loss; once these individuals are trained, they can be available to meet with others affected by limb loss, including partners/spouses, parents, children, and/or caregivers.

We invite you to apply for a special pre-conference training session from 8am-5pm on Wednesday August 2, 2017. There will be a $35 fee to attend the training to cover the cost of materials, lunch and beverages. This fee MUST be paid prior to the training – no fees will be accepted on site.

Individuals must meet all of the qualifications below and must successfully pass the Amputee Coalition’s Certified Peer Visitor Training to be recognized as an Amputee Coalition Certified Peer Visitor.  Certifications are renewed on a bi-annual basis.

  • Be at least 12 months post-amputation or born with a limb difference.
  • Have experience with an individual living limb loss / limb difference (partner / spouse, family member, caregiver).
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be able to communicate well with others and handle multiple program tasks.
  • Be able to network with healthcare facilities and professionals who serve amputees.
  • Be able to make the minimum time commitment to the position (varies).
  • Be knowledgeable about and supportive of the Amputee Coalition and a registered friend in the Amputee Coalition database.
  • Be knowledgeable in basic limb loss statistics, including all levels of amputation and about the effects of limb loss.
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check if required by the hospital(s)/rehab center(s).
  • Be able to provide three references, including at least one from a healthcare provider and one from his/her support group leader if the applicant is a member of a support group.
  • Have and provide a current and active email address and phone number(s).