At the heart of the Amputee Coalition’s mission is our peer support programs. Our goal is to make sure that no one goes through this journey alone. We believe that support comes in many forms and can make an incredible difference in recovery and rehabilitation. The Coalition offers peer support in the form of support groups, hospital partnership programs, youth camp, and our Certified Peer Visitor program.
This video on the value of peer support was shared with us from the New England Amputee Association, our affiliate support group in Massachusetts.
No one is potentially in a better position to understand about living life with an amputation or supporting a person with limb loss/difference than someone who has been there. An experienced, well-trained peer can offer encouragement and information from a place, and at a pace, that an individual in this circumstance can better absorb.
What is a Certified Peer Visitor (CPV)?
The Amputee Coalition’s Certified Peer Visitors are trained volunteers who provide information and support for individuals about to undergo an amputation or who currently have limb loss/difference.
There are three categories of peer visitors that we train:
- A person with limb loss or limb difference
- A family member of a person with limb loss or limb difference
- Military / VA : an individual with current or previous military or VA experience who is living with limb loss or limb difference
How can I become a CPV?
Becoming a CPV involves completing our e-learning/virtual classroom course. To follow volunteer standards set by most hospitals and non-profits, we also ask that you successfully complete a background check.
The trainings help you recognize the elements of recovery and how to respond with helpful interventions during different phases of emotional adjustment. Once certified, the new CPV will receive a certificate, name badge, business cards and start making peer visits when requested.
Our trainings have been on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are currently in the process of transitioning our normal in-person training to a virtual platform. There will be more information coming soon!
If you would like to become an Amputee Coalition Volunteer and attend a future training, please complete the CPV Training Application. We will notify you once the Certified Peer Visitor Training is available.
Amputee Coalition Support App
The Amputee Coalition Support App is free and was designed for those living with limb loss, limb difference, and caregivers. This app embodies the power of connection to peer support and valuable resources, is HIPAA-compliant, and available via Apple App Store, Google Play, and web browser link: https://cpvapp.amputee-coalition.org. For Support App questions and technical assistance, please email the Amputee Coalition Peer Support Team at peersupport@amputee-