Peer Support and Training

In Massachusetts

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

AREAS Addiction Recovery Education Access Services.  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.

ATRIUM = 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.

CommonGround = 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

Core GIFT 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.   

CPS = Certified Peer Specialist training – Offered in MA by The Transformation Center, funded by DMH.

DRA = Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings in MA

E-CPR = Emotional CPR (C=Connecting, P=emPowering, R=Revitalizing).  Developed by the National Empowerment Center to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis.

Financial Peace = Skills training and support for financial literacy and wellness developed by the MetroSuburban RLC.

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.  PDF presentation

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 Support Centers (RSCs) = Funded by DPH, regional centers of peer support for substance use recovery.

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

RSCs = Recovery Support Centers offering peer support for substance use recovery, funded by the Department of Public Health

South Boston Hope & Recovery Coalition  Formed in 2002 to help address the alarming and constant growth of substance abuse and addiction in the South Boston Community.

Two Hats = Monthly dinner in Cambridge, MA for health and human service providers who also have mental health and/or addiction issues.

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.

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 for Evidence Based 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

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

NARPA = National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy annual conference.

NIATx = 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”.

Peer Employment Training = Recovery Innovations/Recovery Opportunities, Inc.  A training developed by Lori Ashcraft and Gene Johnson based on the principles of the recovery organization they founded.

Peer Specialist Training = National overview of trainings and programs offered throughout the country.

NYAPRS PROS (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services) Curriculum

SoberRecovery  Online community and resource site for anyone seeking recovery.