What is Peer Support?
Peer Support is engagement and relationship built upon the unique gift of similar life experiences. A trained Peer Support Specialist knows how to use their story of recovery from mental health, addiction, co-existing mental health and addiction challenges or other physical health challenges as a way to inspire hope for recovery. As a peer support and the person they are serving work side by side, the individual is supported to embrace their gifts, strengths, and remember they are the expert on themselves.
Peer Support Specialists can provide a wide variety of services to individuals seeking wellness:
- Supporting the individual’s self-advocacy skills
- Providing case management services
- Recovery Coaching
- Crisis support services
- Employment and housing support.
Each relationship is unique, and each individual develops their own plan.
Our Certified Peer Support Specialist Training (CPSS) is recognized around the world. To date, we have trained over 6,000 individuals worldwide. CPSS Training is certified curriculum in several states, including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and California – and is a preferred curriculum of the Veterans’ Administration in certifying Peer Support Specialists. For more information about CPSS Training with RI Consulting, click here.
Additional Trainings for Peer Support Specialists
We also offer several skill-building trainings specifically designed Peer Support Specialists who are already engaged in a Peer Support position and looking to take their skill set to a more advanced level. Please visit individual training pages below for more information!
Are you a Peer Support Specialist who facilitates classes as part of your organization’s programming? Visit the Program and Class Facilitator section for more information about using RI Consulting’s curricula.