Course Code: GES177
|Learn definitions and tasks performed by peer specialists|
|Learn the value of inspiring hope and contributing to the development of a recovery culture|
|Be introduced to appropriate roles in the workplace|
|Understand how their own values are formed and how understanding themselves effects the way in which they understand others|
|Be introduced to concepts such as conflict resolution, cultural competency and tolerance|
|Understand the importance of self-care and design a self-care plan|
|Recognize that recovery is unique to the individual|
|Develop their own personal recovery definition|
|Understand recovery principles so that they can be applied to those they serve|
|Define and identify strengths based treatment, attitudes and communication|
|Be able to identify their own strengths and values and learn how to identify the strengths and values of others|
|Understand the concept of Resiliency as used in prevention and recovery.|
|Learn the ability to identify barriers to recovery, and use a strengths-based approach in all aspects of communication with peers and staff|
|Learn how to use a peer's person-centered plan as a basis to create a plan of action|
|Learn to create accurate, peer-contact documentation with appropriate details|
|Understand the importance of administrative requirements and the timeliness of events|
|Learn the ability to identify labels and stereotypes|
|Learn the meaning of stigma|
|Learn how stigma can affect them and others|
|Understand the importance of "person-first" language|
|Learn the ways they can fight stigma as a PS|
|Learn the role of effective verbal and non-verbal communication|
|Explore various communication styles and examine their own skills|
|Learn how to perform reflective listening|
|Be introduced to motivational interviewing|
|Learn how values can affect communication|
|Identify roadblocks to effective communication|
|Understand how societal values have affected how mental illness is perceived and treated|
|Understand how and why the recovery model has developed|
|Recognize the symptoms of clinical depression|
|Explore coping and recovery strategies for depression|
|Understand the basic components of the DSM-V and how and why it is used by mental health professionals|
|Develop skills to deal with peers exhibiting difficult behavior or presenting a crisis|
|Learn to ensure the safety of peers while building trust and identifying barriers to recovery|
|Understand the difference between substance use, abuse, dependence and addiction|
|Recognize the "disease concept" of addiction and it's key elements|
|Describe the concept of co-occurring disorders|
|List five similarities that substance and psychiatric disorders have in common|
|List six major guiding principles in treating people who have co-occurring disorders|
|Identify relapse prevention plans suitable for peers and/or veterans with co-occurring disorders|
|Gain understanding of what cultures are|
|Learn why it is important to recognize cultural differences and preferences|
|Understand stereotyping, stigma and personal values related to culture|
|Explore the concept of holistic recovery which may include clinical practices, medicine and personal spirituality as valued components that support people in healthy recovery|
|Put into practice appropriate self-disclosure|
|Understand the personal dynamics of conflict|
|Develop methods for resolving conflicts|
|Understand why ethical and boundary issues are important for peer specialists|
|Realize the importance of confidentiality and how it applies to peer specialists|
|Explore situations that may cause ethical and boundary issues to arise|
|Learn the difference between leading a group and facilitating a group|
|Learn how to facilitate a group|
|Become familiar with the types and purposes of groups|
|Review adult learning principles|
|Gain insight into how adults are motivated to learn|
|Gain a basic understanding of the six steps of WRAP|
|Learn how they can help a peer deal with life's challenges|
|Understand the role person-centered planning plays in recovery|
|Appreciate the importance of psychiatric advance directives|
|Gain an understanding of the federal laws that promote self-determination|
|Have the information they need to be able to advocate on the behalf of peers|
|Identify the essentials of good health|
|Communicate the body's need for water as a simple essential of wellness|
|Implement simple steps to improve mood|
|Explain the purpose of sleep and its role in reducing daily stress|
|Identify personal habits through self-assessment|
|List stress management tips to reduce tension|
|Identify the effects of smoking|
|Explain the importance of getting organized and setting goals|
|Identify their personality profile and how it can affect financial decision making|
Jean LaCour, Ph.D., is a Certified Prevention Professional, author, and a trainer with extensive experience in the addiction recovery field. She is the co-founder of the NET Training Institute Center for Addiction and Recovery Education, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation offering online training in addiction counseling, peer specialist support, and recovery support services.
Basic computer skills are required.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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This 40-hour training course includes content and standards that are promoted by INAOPS, the International Association of Peer Supporters and may be accepted by State Certification Boards that provide credentials for Recovery Peer Specialists or Peer Supporters. Students should check with their State Certification Boards for more information on Certification.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive three (3) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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