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DBSA Core Peer Specialist Training Curriculum

40 Hours

  • Welcome and introduction to training
  • Five stages in the recovery process:overview
  • Five stages in the recovery process:dangers
  • Role of peer support in the recovery process
  • Telling your recovery story
  • Creating program environments that promote recovery
  • Beliefs that promote/support recovery
  • Effective listening and the art of asking questions
  • Dissatisfaction as an avenue for change
  • Facing fears
  • Combating negative self-talk
  • Problem solving
  • Effective peer-led mutual support groups
  • Recovery Dialogues®
  • Power, conflict and integrity in the workplace
  • Peer specialist ethics
  • Cultural competency
  • Diagnosis, treatment, and the role of peer support
  • Suicide prevention and the role of peer support
  • Five stages in the recovery process:interventions
  • Creating the life you want
  • Next steps and final reflections

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Peer Leadership Center
The DBSA Peer Leadership Center is an easily accessible, impartial, and central location where peer specialists and peer supporters can find the information and training they want, connect with others working in the ­field, learn about employment opportunities and organizations that champion peer support services, and engage in dialogue to strengthen the peer workforce. Join the DBSA Peer Leadership Center!