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.
Certified Peer Visitor (CPV) Program: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the fees associated with becoming a Certified Peer Visitor?
A: There is a $40 registration fee that supports that cost to administer the training classes and background checks. There is no longer an additional fee for background checks or training manuals.
Q: Why were the background checks added?
A: Like most healthcare organizations, we are committed to the professionalism and training of our volunteers. This is one aspect that is becoming more and more common: asking people who are visiting vulnerable adults and children to have a background check. It builds trust and confidence in the program even before you step through the door or call on the phone.
Q: Can you notify me when there is a training in my area?
A: If you would like us to contact you when there is a CPV training in your region, please email email@example.com with your name, city and state.
Q: How often are trainings offered?
A: CPV trainings are offered, as needed, at partner hospital and rehab facilities. Facilities will typically host 1 to 4 trainings each year. Trainings are also offered at the request of registered support groups that are willing to host a training. Every year, each region of the country typically has about 1 to 3 trainings at a support group.
If you are a support group leader and would like to host a CPV training, please complete this form.
If you are a hospital/rehab facility and would like to learn more about our 2019 Hospital Partnership Benefits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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-