The Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certification Training Program will give the participants a full introduction to the following competencies:
1. An understanding of the skills to provide recovery support to their peers.
a. Understand possible PRSS job activities (which vary based on where you are employed).
b. A clear understanding of the PRSS Code of Ethics.
c. Understand the meaning of peer support and the role of a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists including an understanding of dual relationships. Understand the difference in treatment goals and recovery goals and promote recovery goals and personal life goals.
d. Be able to facilitate a variety of activities that support and strengthen recovery including starting and maintaining self-help/mutual support groups.
e. Be able to help problem-solve and help a person learn to self advocate, the meaning of self determination, teach others to advocate for the services that they want and to use naturally occurring community supports.
f. Be able to help a person served articulate, set and accomplish his/her personal life goals.
g. Be able to assist in the facilitation of recovery plans and plans of action, i.e. WRAP, Psychiatric Advanced Directives, etc.
2. An understanding of the recovery process and how to use their own recovery story to help others.
a. Understand the recovery process and what is helpful and not helpful.
b. Understand the role of peer support in the recovery process.
c. Understand the power of beliefs/values and how they support or work against recovery.
d. Understand the basic definition and dynamics of empowerment and self-directed recovery.
e. Be able to articulate what has been helpful and what is not helpful in his/her own recovery in services and interventions.
f. Be able to use their recovery story as it relates to the peer relationship as well as the needs of the mental health system in the provision of services.
3. An understanding of and the ability to establish healing relationships.
a. Understand the meaning and importance of cultural competency and spirituality in the recovery environment.
b. Be able to interact thoughtfully and successfully with people of other cultures and belief systems.
c. Be able to personally cope with conflict and difficult interpersonal relations in the workplace.
d. Be able to identify ways to help make the environment more recovery oriented and comforting to the people served.
4. An understanding of the importance of and the ability to take care of oneself.
a. Understand the dynamics of stress and compassion fatigue.
b. Be able and willing to discuss his/her own tools for taking care of him/herself.