Category Archives: Information About Peer Specialists

Friday Factoid: Paradigm Shift

(Director’s Note:  Occasionally, interns are willing to share personal experiences that may advance scientific understanding, appreciation of humanity and diversity, and/or the effects of world events on individual emotions and behavior. I am always grateful for these opportunities.)   On … Continue reading

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Living with Mental Wellness

I have a group about living with mental illness on Wednesdays, and as a group, we decided to rename it to “Living with Mental Wellness.”  One of the things we discussed was taking the power away from our mental illnesses.  … Continue reading

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Individual Autonomy and Peer Support

    This is a note from a personal perspective:   I have studied the Peer Support Training Manual from front to back.  I know the evidence-based practices involved.  It is something that I must practice daily so to override … Continue reading

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Understanding Peer Support as a Profession

“Recovery is a process of change through which an individual improves one’s health and wellness, lives a self-directed life, and strives to reach their full potential.” This is the current definition of “Recovery” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental … Continue reading

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What is being in “Recovery”?

I talk a lot about “recovery” as a Peer Support Specialist, as do many in our place of work.  We have a “Recovery Mall,” but defining recovery is difficult.  It means so many different things to different people.  Each individual … Continue reading

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Managing My Illness?

How do I manage my illnesses?  I go to my psychiatrist for tune-ups when I need it, and otherwise keep regular appointments with her.  I go to my therapist as needed, and at one time was going weekly after my … Continue reading

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Peer Support and Holistic Recovery

Peer Support not only involves asking open, honest questions and listening, but it also involves modeling recovery.  The certification gained through training does not guarantee that the Peer Support Specialist will be able to effectively model recovery to an individual.  … Continue reading

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Ethics and Peer Support

A Kentucky Peer Support Specialist is not a clinical professional. The specialist goes through certification to perform the job, but that certification alone does not replace the years of studying and experience of therapists and psychologists. Although we are not … Continue reading

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The Role of a Recovery Story in Peer Support

The sharing of one’s “Recovery Story” is the foundation upon what the rest of peer support is built.  A Recovery Story is the telling of the personal journey the Peer Support Specialist has been on in order to reach the … Continue reading

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The Role of Wellness Recovery Action Plans in Recovery

  Wellness Recovery Action Plans or “WRAP” were developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, after years of research and her own personal fight with what was then called manic depression.  She learned coping skills which helped her begin to live … Continue reading

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