Peer Support Training

In Massachusetts

Alternatives to Suicide

Peer support and training around this taboo topic.  Offered in MA by the Western MA RLC

Addiction Recovery Education Access Services (AREAS)

Addiction Recovery Education Access Services were developed by Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) as a recovery community educational support system to help people in early recovery to take action on a variety of health and resource needs.


Addiction & Trauma Recovery Integration Model. A series of groups developed by Dusty Miller that helps people explore the impact of trauma in one’s life and identify new ways for self-care and personal empowerment in recovery.

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

BSAS trainings and events through Adcare Educational Institute


A web-based application that helps people prepare to meet with psychiatrists or treatment teams and arrive at the best decisions for treatment and recovery.  Developed by Pat Deegan


Gathering Inspiring Future Talent. A training adapted by Kim Bisset to prepare young adults for peer mentoring and to apply for the Certified Peer Specialist training.


Certified Peer Specialist training is offered in MA by The Transformation Center, funded by DMH.


Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings in MA


Emotional CPR (C=Connecting, P=emPowering, R=Revitalizing) developed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis. Video at the National Empowerment Center

Hearing Voices

Support group and training founded in the United Kingdom, first offered in USA by the Western MA RLC.

Intentional Care

Developed by Pat Deegan and adopted by Advocates.  Standards and training for mental health service providers.

MBHP Recovery Forum

MA Behavioral Health Plan annual event featuring national experts on peer support and recovery.

Parenting Journey

Offered by The Family Center in Somerville in multiple languages.  Uses experiential techniques to focus on the parents’ relationship with their children, with others, and with their own personal histories and parenting strengths.

Recovery Coach Academy

RAC provides an overview of the purpose, tasks and roles of a recovery coach. It offers skills and tools for effective communication, enhancing motivation, recovery action planning, cultural competency and recovery ethics. In MA, trainings are held by Adcare Educational Institute.

Recovery Learning Communities (RLCs)

Recovery Learning Communities are regional networks of peer support, education and advocacy funded in part by the Department of Mental Health.

Recovery Support Centers (RSCs)

Recovery Support Centers are regional centers of peer support for substance use recovery funded by the Bureau of Substance Abuse (BSAS).

Whole Health Action Managment (WHAM)

Whole Health Action Management.  Adapted from Appalachian Consulting Group’s Peer Support and Whole Health and Resilience (PSWHR), a health action practice facilitated by peer specialists that is available through the National Council on Behavioral Health and funded in MA by DMH.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Wellness Recovery Action Plan.  A personal planning process developed by Maryellen Copeland to promote mental health recovery and listed by SAMHSA in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.  Trainings lead by Certified WRAP Facilitator nationally by The Copeland Center and in MA by RLCs and others.

More at Transcom, “MA Peer Professional Workforce Development Guidelines” April 2014, pg. 13-14. Full document  ~ Executive summary

Beyond Massachusetts

Nexxus Aloe Rid

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Intentional Peer Support.  A training developed by Shery Mead to build conscious, mutual relationships and to change the dynamics of power in society.


National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy annual conference.


Based at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS).  Training that facilitates peer networking and provides research, case studies, and tools that encourage use of a process improvement model  (former acronym for the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment)

NYAPRS Peer Bridger

New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Peer Bridger.  A training that prepares people to help others move from hospitals to living in the community or from a higher intensity of service to lower intensity of service.

Recovery Messaging

Developed by Faces and Voices of Recovery to guide people in telling their recovery story.   Link to Faces article “Why Peer Integrity Matters”.

RI International

A range of peer support trainings and organizational development materials

Peer Specialist Training

National overview of trainings and programs offered throughout the country.


Personalized Recovery Oriented Services Curriculum


Online community and resource site for anyone seeking recovery.

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