Tool Kits For Implementing Peers into Programs

 How do Recovery coaches apply the Principles of Peer Support? Peer providers can play many roles in support for people living with psychiatric disorders and in addiction recovery.  They are capable of providing facilitation for education and support groups,working as peer bridgers for individuals making the transition from hospitals or jails into the community, and working one-on-one as role models, mentors, coaches, and advocates. They also support people in developing psychiatric advance directives (http://www.nrc-pad.org/) and creating Wellness Recovery Action Plans(WRAP) plans (http://www.copelandcenter.com/wellness-recovery-action-plan-wrap). Before, during and beyond crisis points they provide compassionate listening, and a positive vision of the future.  Additionally peer providers can work with individuals in goal setting, and developing achievable action plans.  They can play an important role in supporting people in self-managing and working towards whole health goals, and they are uniquely qualified to assist peers in connecting with their communities,building supportive relationships,accessing formal and informal resources, and working with cultural humility to support people across a wide range of cultural differences.Peer providers can work with peers who are homeless and seeking safe, permanent housing or placements in recovery residences that offer community through group living in substance-free environments. (Sourced from Faces and Voices of Recovery)