Research has shown that peers have more success than non-peers in getting another person to create healthier lifestyles. Here at Family Service, our Certified Peer Specialists serve as a role models, engage peers and provide support on a variety of health topics.
What is a Certified Peer Specialist?
A Certified Peer Specialist is a staff person who is willing to self-identify as a person with a serious behavioral health disorder (mental illness, substance use disorder or co-occurring disorder) with lived experiences. To be certified, the person must have received specific training in the role, functions and skills of the Certified Peer Specialist position.
The purpose of this position is to aid, teach and support others in their recovery process. This relationship between peers is
characterized by mutual trust and respect, sharing of experiences, learning about the recovery process, supporting the peer in multiple settings, achieving goals and moving toward a more meaningful life.
The Role of a Certified Peer Specialist
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Meeting with peers individually
- Working with peers on Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) individually or in a group setting
- Facilitating peer-run Whole Health Groups and presenting Whole Health to peers on an individual basis
We serve people where they live and work – in their homes, in their communities and in our offices. Our offices are located in Langhorne, Quakertown and Bristol.
To learn more about this program, contact Sarah Kazimer, Program Coordinator, at 215.757.6916, ext. 247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.