Peer Specialist Core Recovery Curriculum Training

24 Session Core Recovery - Description of Curriculum

Peer Specialist Core Recovery Curriculum Training

CPS Core Recovery Curriculum Training

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The Core Recovery Curriculum should give the trainees the following competencies:

They should have a working knowledge of:

  • the difference in focusing on the symptoms of the illness and the impact of the illness
  • the basic structure of the state Mental Health System (MHS) and how it works
  • the Peer Specialist’s job description within the state MHS
  • the difference in services that focus on stabilization and those that focus on recovery
  • the meaning and role of peer support services
  • the difference in treatment goals and recovery goals
  • the basic five stages in the recovery process and what is helpful and not helpful at each stage
  • the role of peer support services at each stage of the recovery process
  • the basic definition and dynamics of recovery
  • the difference in an illness story and a recovery story
  • the difference in agency environments that promote recovery and those that do not
  • the meaning of Trauma Informed Services
  • the five steps of PICBA as a problem solving process
  • the five steps in Igniting the Spark of Hope
  • the concept of Shared Decision Making
  • the dynamics of power, conflict and integrity in the workplace
  • the three steps in the Process of Effective Communication

They should be able to:

  • use their own recovery experience to help a peer recover
  • articulate what has been helpful and what has not been helpful in their own recovery
  • identify beliefs and values a peer holds that works against recovery
  • discern when and how much of their recovery story to share and with whom
  • be able to discuss their own tools for taking care of themselves
  • facilitate a Recovery Dialogue
  • use questions to help a peer get in touch with the life they want
  • use a person’s dissatisfaction as an avenue to setting recovery goals
  • use the PICBA problem solving process with a peer
  • use questions to help a peer identify and move through their fears
  • use the Catch it! Check it! Change it! process to help a peer combat negative self-talk
  • use the Shared Decision Making process to help a peer prepare for a doctor’s visit
  • teach peers to advocate for the services that they want

 

Session
Description
Method
Session 1, Day 1
Welcome, Introductions and Overview
This session sets the stage for the training by getting everyone introduced, presenting an overview of the philosophy and content of the training, reviewing the training manual and creating guidelines for how the group will operate using a Comfort Contract.
Presentation of materials, group discussion and questions.
Session 2, Day 1
State System and the Role of the Training
This session is usually presented by someone from the state. It should set a context for the training, how the peer specialist program relates to what is happening at the state level and answer questions regarding job descriptions and employment opportunities.
To be determined by the presenter.
Session 3, Day 1
The Shift to Recovery and Resiliency
This session explains the shift in system focus from stabilization and maintenance to recovery and resiliency and begins to explore the peer specialist role as change agent, bridge builder, peer supporter and recovery advocate.
Presentation, worksheets and group discussion.
Presentation, worksheets and group discussion.
Session 4, Day 1
Five Stages in the Recovery Process
This session begins to build a common framework for discussing recovery by presenting five basic stages in the recovery process, and exploring the dangers and role of services at each stage.
Presentation and group discussion.
Session 5, Day 1
The Role of Peer Support Services
This session explores the role of the peer specialist within peer support services and how those services differ from clinical services.
Presentation, worksheets, and group discussion.
Session 6, Day 1
Using Your Recovery Story as a Recovery Tool
This session explores the differences in an illness story and a recovery story and gives the group the opportunity to share their recovery stories in small groups.
Presentation, worksheets and small group sharing.
Session 7, Day 2
Creating Recovery Cultures
This session explores how negative messages are sent in the mental health system, how these messages work against recovery, and what can be done to counter them.
Presentation, worksheets and group discussion.
Session 8, Day 2
Exploring Beliefs that Promote Recovery
This session explains how the beliefs of the mental health system determine how services are designed and delivered and examines some of the emerging beliefs that support and promote recovery.

Presentation, worksheets and group discussion.
Session 9, Day 2
Facilitating Recovery Dialogues
This session introduces a structured group discussion process and gives participants an opportunity to practice in small group setting.
Presentation, demonstration and practice in small groups
Session 10, Day 2
Effective Listening And the Art of Asking Questions: Part 1
This session focuses on the difference in the ‘fixer’ and ‘supporter’ roles and presents some guidelines for listening and asking questions that help another person get in touch with the kind of life they want to create and the motivation to do it.
Presentation, demonstration
and practice in role-playing situations
Session 11, Day 2
Dissatisfaction as an Avenue for Change
This session applies the process of asking questions to help a person identify an area of dissatisfaction and use this as a means of identifying something that can be worked into a goal.
Presentation, demonstration and practice in role-playing situations.
Session 12, Day 2
Trauma Informed Care
This session explores the impact of trauma and explains what it means to create trauma informed services.
Presentation and group discussion.
Session 13, Day 3
Problem Solving with Individuals
This session introduces a five-step problem solving process that helps the person stand outside the problem, clearly state the problem and become aware of and prioritize all of the options.

Presentation, demonstration and practice in pairs.
Session 14, Day 3
Facing Your Fears
This session provides a safe environment for discussing uncomfortable thoughts and feelings and introduces a way to help another person learn to handle them.
Presentation, demonstration and practice in pairs.
Session 15, Day 3
Combating Negative Self-talk
This session explores the power and prevalence of negative self-talk and shares a process for combating it called Catch it! Check it! Change it!
Presentation, demonstration and practice in pairs.
Session 16, Day 3
Shared Decision Making
This session presents a way of working with another person to prepare them to get the most benefit from their meeting with their psychiatrist.
Presentation, demonstration
and role-playing
Session 17, Day 3
Peer Specialist Ethics: Part 1
This session explores the meaning of ethics and boundaries as they apply to peer specialists and provides some guidelines for decision-making in situations with possible ethical implications.
Group discussion of a variety of scenarios and role-playing.
Session 18, Day 3
Peer Specialist Ethics: Part 2
This session explores the meaning of ethics and boundaries as they apply to peer specialists and provides some guidelines for decision-making in situations with possible ethical implications.
Group discussion of a variety of scenarios and role-playing.
Session 19, Day 4
Power, Conflict and Integrity in the Workplace: Part 1
This session explores a variety of potential areas of conflict in the workplace and presents some of the basic techniques of mediation and conflict resolution.
Presentation, small group work and role-playing.
Session 20, Day 4
Power, Conflict and Integrity in the Workplace: Part 2
This session explores a variety of potential areas of conflict in the workplace and presents some of the basic techniques of mediation and conflict resolution.
Presentation, small group work and role-playing.
Session 21, Day 4
Practicing the Skills Taught in the Training
This sessions provide a two-hour block of time to further practice the skills shared in the previous ten sessions.
Practice in pairs, small group, and role-playing situations.
Session 22, Day 4
Practicing the Skills Taught in the Training
This sessions provide a two-hour block of time to further practice the skills shared in the previous ten sessions.
Practice in pairs, small group, and role-playing situations.
Session 23, Day 4
Creating the Life One Wants: Accomplishing one’s Recovery Goals
This session introduces a 10-step process for accomplishing a goal once the goal is set.
Presentation, and group work.
Session 24, Day 4
Final Reflections, Evaluation and Next Steps
This session uses a sample test as a teaching tool, allows time for questions and comments about the training from the participants, looks at next steps and collects the evaluations of the training from the participants.
Presentation, discussion and small group work.

*Each day starts at 8:30 and ends at 4:30.  Each session is one hour, followed by a 15 minute break.  There is a one-hour lunch scheduled from 12 – 1.

*While it is not a part of ACG’s Core Recovery Curriculum, it is highly recommended that Peer Support Specialists be able to teach other consumers to create their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and have an understanding of Cultural Competency.  WRAP training must be taught by a Copeland Center certified trainer.  There are usually local trainers who can teach cultural competency.