*Must be 18 Years old
What do Peer Support Specialists do?
- Empower peers to engage in their own treatment, healthcare and recovery
- Assist peers with setting their own recovery, goals and developing a recovery action plan
- Help peers solve problems and address barriers related to recovery
- Encourage peers' self-determination, hope, insight, and development of new skills
- Connect peers with professsional and non-professional recovery resources in the community
- Help peers navigate the ervice system and access resources independently
- Facilitate activation and encourage peers to be responsible for their own mental health
- Support peers to decrease isolation and build community suppport
- Empower peers in establishing and maintaining recovery
- Role model recovery, share their stories, and show that recovery is real
The role of a peer specialist is to promore and support the recovery of his or her peers
- Helping peers find out what they want and how it will improve the quality of their lives
- Supporting peers in getting what they want in order to improve quality of life
- promoting peers' concern to the treatment team and other staff
What does a peer specialist's training and certification prepare them to do? How do peer specailists effectivly promote and support the recovery of their peers?
We have learned that there are some things that most peer specialists are able to do very well. There are many gifts they bring to the system as providers because of their lived experience with mental illness and training on how to use it to help others.
Some things they do very well are...
- Validating and understandng that peers are experiencing. This helps creat a trusting relationship. Peer specialists may know the most about whats going on in the peer's life.
- Establishing trusting relationships whick puts peer specialist in the postition to be good at advocating for what the peer wants
*Idaho Agency Readiness Training for Peer Support Specialist Services August 1, 2016