Learn what it takes to be a Peer Support Specialist here in Alaska.
Have you experienced and recovered from trauma, addiction, or mental illness; yourself, your partner, your child, or a member of your immediate family?
Use those lived experiences to help others!
We're looking for people who have experienced and recovered from trauma, addiction, or mental illness - or have supported a close family member through recovery - to participate in training to provide peer support services.
Peer support services are supportive services provided in a recovery setting, by individuals with similar lived recovery experiences, to assist clients in community behavioral health treatment.
The training is a hybrid of in-person and on-line. Participants will need to complete a 6 hour on-line class before 34 hours of in-person training. The live class will respect all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements.
Peer support is a growing field within behavioral health; successful completion of this training will qualify students for careers at Alaska Behavioral Health and other behavioral health agencies.
Who can provide Peer Support Services?
In order to practice as a peer support specialist, the individual interested must identify as one of the following:
What does training include?
This is a 40-Hour training structured around the SAMHSA Principles, Values, Core Competencies, & the Four E’s
Community members from all walks of life experience vicarious trauma, in addition to emotional and physical traumas. Because of those experiences and their current stand in successful recovery, they can offer insight to fellow community members about how they’ve gotten there in their “recovery”.
Recovery in Behavioral Health is a lifestyle. When we talk about recovery, it is a title of accomplishment. Behavioral Health Recovery requires compassion and empathic understanding from those working with individuals in recovery.
Because of this, I encourage your team to build recovery within their communities (at home, in the community, and beyond).
Peer Support Specialist training covers:
• The History of Peer Support Services
• Recovery 101
• The Peer Support Role, a Special Part of the Team
• The Foundations of Peer Work
• The Toolbox of Recovery
• Cultural Competence
• Be Trauma Informed
• Telling Your Story
• SMART Goals
• Facilitating Peer Groups
• Peers & Community Partnerships
• Ethics, Boundaries, Self-Care, and Safety
• Treatment Planning & Documentation
• Peer Support Services PLUS!"