Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training-followed by
membership in a virtual support group community-supports the
emerging peer workforce for an integrated healthcare
setting. WHAM prepares peer leaders to support other peers in
creating achievable whole health and resiliency goals through
eight-week WHAM support groups. This training is intended for Peers
already trained to work in behavioral health settings and prepares
them for work in an integrated healthcare environment.
Whole Health is defined as having mind and body illness under
good control. Wellness is defined as a personal awareness of
creating a new healthy lifestyle. Resiliency is defined as
The training is intended to promote extensive strength-based,
person-centered planning to create new whole-health behaviors for
self-managing chronic physical and behavioral health
condition. The training also teaches mind-body
resiliency. The ten health and resiliency domains included in
the training are recommended by the Benson-Henry Institute for
Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, renowned for
decades of research on promoting resiliency through stress
reduction using the Relaxation Response.
This training teaches the Relaxation Response as an essential
resiliency tool with research demonstrating that it is as
predictable as medication in immediately reversing the
stress-induced, flight-or-fight response. The Relaxation
Response is also essential because of the growing awareness of the
impact of trauma, especially childhood trauma, on all dimensions of
The WHAM training is based on the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for
Integrated Health Solutions curriculum designed by peers for peers
and aims to battle the serious and chronic health problems that
people with behavioral health disorders face.
The training prepares participating peer leaders to engage in
person-centered planning to identify strengths and supports through
10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors.
Participants learn to write a whole health goal plan and create
and lead 8-12 week WHAM peer support groups to support health
The Relaxation Response and development of cognitive skills to
avoid negative thinking rank high in the program's focus.