Peer Support Enhances the Recovery Journey
Peer Support is provided by people living in recovery, who serve as mentors and partners that offer their experience of hope, triumph, and resilience. This shared recovery experience serves as the foundation for a mutually supportive relationship based on trust and respect, that helps individuals find the hope, inspiration and supports to move through challenges, discover their strengths, live their dreams, and find meaningful purpose in their lives.
Peer Support was born out of the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient Movement of the 1960’s. At that time, people begun realizing not only that recovery is possible but that it is greatly enhanced by sharing our own recovery experiences with each other. Since that time, peer support has evolved into a professional role within the behavioral health system that maintains the core essence of ‘being with’, in mutuality, to support others to find their OWN personal greatness.
It is this very mutuality that makes peer support effective. Mutuality ensures that we are supporting people to find their OWN power, voice and path, and are not serving as an expert, parent, monitor, counselor or any other authority in the person’s life. While it is true that effective peer support requires the skilled use of your own lived experience to inspire others, it is also true that the profession is complex, requiring peer workers to support people in new ways while challenging systems to shift toward recovery and maintaining the uniqueness of working in the system while not being of the system’s culture. Being effective in this role requires a competency-based education that combines knowledge, skills, experience, exposure and tools.
Peer Support Specialist 40 Hour Training Course
The Peer Support Specialist training offered by PRN is the culmination of years of experience from international peer experts who, in addition to serving as peer specialists, have started up, developed and currently operate successful peer organizations and programs. The developers and facilitators are skilled and committed to sharing their expertise in building a competent, qualified peer workforce as an investment in developing future leaders in the peer movement. This is NOT an entry level training about personal recovery and peer support. Rather, it is an intense and rigorous professional development course that includes introductory coursework, homework, class exercises and sharing your recovery story in class. Acceptance is competitive, and includes an application and interview process. Only those who are well-grounded in their own recovery and committed to excelling as a peer specialist should apply.
CEUs are available for Certified Peer Support Specialists to satisfy the NC training requirements (depending on how many hours you complete). To qualify, a participant must achieve a 70% or higher on the post-test given after each training. Participants who do so will receive a Certificate of Achievement as well as a Certificate of Attendance that will be mailed directly to your agency. Participants who do not achieve a 70% or higher on the post-test will receive a Certificate of Attendance only and arrangements can be made for that participant to retake the course.