Following are a number of frequently asked questions regarding the PIER Model, PIER Model Training & Certification and Family Psychoeducation. If your question is not answered below, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
PIER Model and PIER Model Training & Certification
In addition to the PIER Model’s use of evidence-based treatments, the critical feature of this approach is community outreach by a clinical team to school professionals, general practitioners, pediatricians, and other key groups to educate and inform about the early signs of mental illness. Under the direction of William R. McFarlane, MD, the PIER staff has more experience with systematic implementation of family psychoeducational interventions than any other group in the U.S.
In addition, it is recommended that the agency have full support from its management team and leadership when the agency signs on for PIER Model Training & Certification. Full participation from agency members in the supervision process is critical to the model’s success. Supervision and monitoring help guarantee adherence to the PIER Model and occurs after training and during site visits, as well as through regular reporting by the agency, which includes videotaped sessions. Videotaping equipment must be provided by the agency.
Staff size should increase as the service area increases. A service area with a population of 1 million people requires a minimum of 3-4 full-time Social Workers, 1.5 full-time Psychiatrists or Nurse Practitioners, 1 Occupational Therapist, 1 full-time Education/Employment Specialist and 1 full-time Case Manager/Peer Counsellor. Learn more about PIER Model Staffing requirements.