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Peer Support Specialist Training

Peer Support Specialists (PSS) are individuals who self identify as having experienced a mental health challenge; have progressed in their recovery enough to be able to support others in their recovery journey; and  are trained and receive regular supervision and trainings on how to use their lived experience in a PSS role.

PSS offer a wide variety of services including working with behavioral health consumers on personal recovery goals, helping them to develop natural support systems, and coaching consumers to advocate for themselves within their healthcare system.

The Peer Support Specialist Training educates workers in:

  • The role of Peer Support Specialist services
  • Their State's system and the role of training
  • The shift to recovery and resiliency
  • The use of personal recovery stories as a recovery tool
  • The five stages in the recovery process
  • Creating program environments that promote recovery
  • The difference in focusing on illness symptoms versus the impact of the illness
  • How beliefs promote recovery
  • The dynamics of change
  • Trauma informed services
  • Facilitating recovery dialogues
  • Effective listening and the art of asking questions
  • Dissatisfaction as an avenue for change
  • Problem solving with individuals
  • Facing your fears
  • Combating negative self-talk
  • Shared decision making
  • Using a person-centered planning process to set a recovery goal
  • Writing recovery goal statements using IMPACT
  • Creating a weekly action plan
  • PSS ethics
  • Power, conflict, and integrity in the workplace