Peer Support: The Basics and Beyond

Peer Support: The Basics and Beyond 

The behavioral health field increasingly recognizes that peer support is a powerful tool for helping people who receive services to achieve recovery.This course provides information that you may not have received during your Peer Support Specialist certification process.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Connecticut Certification Board


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-PSSAR
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate your role as a peer support specialist from that of other clinical roles and the role of client/consumer.
Identify principles and stages of recovery that are supported through peer support.
Demonstrate how to tell your story in way that is helpful.
List the four different types of support.
Explain the four different ways peer support can be provided.

Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Let’s Talk about the Core Tenets of Peer Support
A. Maxwell and Tony
B. Mutually Beneficial
C. Non-Clinical and Recovery-Based
D. Strengths-Focused
E. Based on Lived Experience with Illness/Addiction and Recovery
F. Review

Section 3: Let’s Talk About Recovery in Peer Support
A. What is “Recovery”?
B. The Guiding Principles of Recovery
C. The Dimensions of Recovery in Peer Support
D. Approaches of Recovery Services in Peer Support

Section 4: Let’s Talk About Roles and Relationships
A. Sarah’s Team Meeting
B. Being a Change Agent
C. Transitioning from Consumer to Provider
D. Bravely be YOU
E. Understanding Boundaries
F. Being Transparent
G. Peer Support is Voluntary

Section 5: Let’s Talk About the Work
A. Peer Support is Participatory
B. Types of Support
C. Types of Services
D. Telling Your Story to Further the Work
E. Reviewing Your Own Story
F. Review

Section 6: Let’s Talk About Self-Care
A. Strengths-Focused Means You, Too!
B. Be Intentional
C. Get Support for YOU

Section 7: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Congratulations
C. Course Contributors
D. References

Instructor: Mary Jadwisiak BA
Mary Jadwisiak is an international speaker and trainer. She provides insightful and entertaining keynotes, workshops, staff trainings, and consumer trainings that are based on her 20 years of experience as a mental healthcare advocate and her personal recovery journey. Mary’s work with international corporations, state governments, counties, and private agencies across the country delivers her inspiring message of hope and recovery. Disclosure: Mary Jadwisiak BA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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