A person who identifies as living with mental illness, emotional distress, trauma and/or substance use disorder.
A Peer Supporter/Specialist is a person with lived experience who has been trained to support those who live with mental illness, emotional distress, trauma, and/or substance use. Their personal experiences provide Peer Supporters/Specialists with expertise that professional training cannot replicate.
The State of Wisconsin defines a Certified Peer Specialist as “a professional who utilizes their personal lived experience to provide support to others and demonstrate recovery is possible.” To receive certification, the peer must complete a State approved training on the peer support model, pass a State exam and commit to completing 20 hours of continuing education in trauma informed care, cultural humility, substance use disorders, mental illness specific trainings, and ethics and boundaries every two years.
Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC embraces SAMHSA’s working definition of recovery from mental disorders and/or substance use disorders. “Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” There are four major dimensions that support recovery Click here for more information. (SAMHSA.org)
From our own lived experiences, we further believe:
Peer Support comes in many forms. Some people are looking for personalized one-on-one support.
Some people prefer support from peers within a support group. Common support groups for individuals living with mental health and/or substance us disorders include:
Some people receive peer support services through County run programs
A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling, behavior or mood. These conditions deeply impact day-to-day living and may also affect the ability to relate to others. (NAMI.org)
Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances. (drugabuse.org)
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No. Many people experience emotional distress and can benefit from help navigating confusing and negative thoughts and feelings. Through Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC, you will receive assistance in navigation in collaboration with someone who's been where you are.
No. Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC realizes there are many pathways to recovery. Services are personalized for you.
No. While we believe medication can be helpful in lessening symptoms, taking medication is a decision that should be made between an individual and their doctor. We realize there are many pathways to recovery. Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC services are personalized for you.
No. While we believe in having a wide support network, Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC realizes there are many pathways to recovery. Services are personalized for you.