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Peer Support Specialist

This online course will introduce you to Peer Recovery Services, which are provided by people who have personal experience in recovery from addiction, mental illness, or co-occurring substance and mental disorders.

Peer Support Specialist
$595.00 (USD)

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  1. Peer Specialist Overview
    1. Learn definitions and tasks performed by peer specialists
    2. Learn the value of inspiring hope and contributing to the development of a recovery culture
    3. Be introduced to appropriate roles in the workplace
    4. Understand how their own values are formed and how understanding themselves effects the way in which they understand others
    5. Be introduced to concepts such as conflict resolution, cultural competency and tolerance
    6. Understand the importance of self-care and design a self-care plan
  2. Recovery and Resiliency
    1. Recognize that recovery is unique to the individual
    2. Develop their own personal recovery definition
    3. Understand recovery principles so that they can be applied to those they serve
    4. Define and identify strengths based treatment, attitudes and communication
    5. Be able to identify their own strengths and values and learn how to identify the strengths and values of others
    6. Understand the concept of Resiliency as used in prevention and recovery.
  3. Legal Issues and HIPAA Overview
    1. Learn the ability to identify barriers to recovery, and use a strengths-based approach in all aspects of communication with peers and staff
    2. Learn how to use a peer's person-centered plan as a basis to create a plan of action
    3. Learn to create accurate, peer-contact documentation with appropriate details
    4. Understand the importance of administrative requirements and the timeliness of events
  4. Stigma Issues
    1. Learn the ability to identify labels and stereotypes
    2. Learn the meaning of stigma
    3. Learn how stigma can affect them and others
    4. Understand the importance of "person-first" language
    5. Learn the ways they can fight stigma as a PS
  5. Interpersonal Communication
    1. Learn the role of effective verbal and non-verbal communication
    2. Explore various communication styles and examine their own skills
    3. Learn how to perform reflective listening
    4. Be introduced to motivational interviewing
    5. Learn how values can affect communication
    6. Identify roadblocks to effective communication
  6. Mental Health Disorders
    1. Understand how societal values have affected how mental illness is perceived and treated
    2. Understand how and why the recovery model has developed
    3. Recognize the symptoms of clinical depression
    4. Explore coping and recovery strategies for depression
    5. Understand the basic components of the DSM-V and how and why it is used by mental health professionals
    6. Develop skills to deal with peers exhibiting difficult behavior or presenting a crisis
    7. Learn to ensure the safety of peers while building trust and identifying barriers to recovery
  7. Substance Abuse Disorders
    1. Understand the difference between substance use, abuse, dependence and addiction
    2. Recognize the "disease concept" of addiction and it's key elements
    3. Describe the concept of co-occurring disorders
    4. List five similarities that substance and psychiatric disorders have in common
    5. List six major guiding principles in treating people who have co-occurring disorders
    6. Identify relapse prevention plans suitable for peers and/or veterans with co-occurring disorders
  8. Cultural Competence
    1. Gain understanding of what cultures are
    2. Learn why it is important to recognize cultural differences and preferences
    3. Understand stereotyping, stigma and personal values related to culture
    4. Explore the concept of holistic recovery which may include clinical practices, medicine and personal spirituality as valued components that support people in healthy recovery
  9. Ethics: Peer Specialist
    1. Put into practice appropriate self-disclosure
    2. Understand the personal dynamics of conflict
    3. Develop methods for resolving conflicts
    4. Understand why ethical and boundary issues are important for peer specialists
    5. Realize the importance of confidentiality and how it applies to peer specialists
    6. Explore situations that may cause ethical and boundary issues to arise
  10. Adult Education
    1. Learn the difference between leading a group and facilitating a group
    2. Learn how to facilitate a group
    3. Become familiar with the types and purposes of groups
    4. Review adult learning principles
    5. Gain insight into how adults are motivated to learn
  11. Community Reintegration
    1. Gain a basic understanding of the six steps of WRAP
    2. Learn how they can help a peer deal with life's challenges
    3. Understand the role person-centered planning plays in recovery
    4. Appreciate the importance of psychiatric advance directives
    5. Gain an understanding of the federal laws that promote self-determination
    6. Have the information they need to be able to advocate on the behalf of peers
  12. Wellness
    1. Define wellness
    2. Identify the essentials of good health
    3. Communicate the body's need for water as a simple essential of wellness
    4. Implement simple steps to improve mood
    5. Explain the purpose of sleep and its role in reducing daily stress
    6. Identify personal habits through self-assessment
    7. List stress management tips to reduce tension
    8. Identify the effects of smoking
    9. Explain the importance of getting organized and setting goals
    10. Identify their personality profile and how it can affect financial decision making



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