Certified Peer Specialist Training Appalachian Consulting Group, Inc. Mr. Ike Powell 2015

I especially love the fact that the Peer Specialist helps the agency and / or system recover.

I owe my life to Ms. Jennifer Speights of View Point Health and Honorable Samuel Ozburn of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit including Esquire Matt Ledbetter.

With special thanks to New Rock day program of View Point Health and my CPS Ms. Brenda Williams along with Director Ms. Quiana Sydnor including Ms. Judy of View Point Health. So many ladies and mentors of View Point Health and The Alcovy Judicial Circuit to give thanks to for my recovery.


Mr. Ike Powell, Appalachian Consulting Group, Inc.

The CPS training is based on five foundational beliefs.

Everyone has the ability to learn and grow. Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not take away the ability to learn and grow; people can recover and move on with their lives.

People’s beliefs determine their behavior. What a person believes about himself, because he is diagnosed with a mental illness, is the most important determinant of his success in creating the life he wants.

People think their way through life. Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not take away the ability to think strategically and creatively.

Whatever people focus on, they give power to. While symptoms and disability bring people in for services, the focus needs to shift to wellness and strengths as soon as possible.

Life’s experiences are the best teacher. Your recovery experience is your greatest gift to your peers.

Five Stages in The Recovery Process

Looks Like. Dangers. Interventions.

Impact of Illness. Identity. Shattering of our world, hopes and dreams.  The person feels overwhelmed by the diagnosis and / or symptoms. The person begins to redefine his identity in mental illness terminology. Reduce the symptoms and show that there is life after diagnosis.

Life is Limited. Possibilities. Giving up was a solution.   The person gives herself over to the diagnosis/system. The person is unable or unwilling to see any possibilities. Explore and expose the person to possibilities and rebuild self esteem.

Change is Possible. Risk. Fragile flame of hope and courage.  The person is beginning to question how limited her life really is. The person may become too afraid to take risks. Help the person explore the costs and benefits of taking the risks.

Commitment to Change. Support. Simple acts of courage. The person has decided to risk stepping out of his comfort zone. The person may not have supports needed to succeed. Help the person to identify his skills, assets and gifts that assist and support his recovery.

Actions for Change. Responsibility. We rebuilt our lives. The person is ready to move beyond the system. The person may fear responsibility and believe he cannot survive without the system. Support and assist the person to utilize his skills, strengths and gifts to move beyond.

The Power of Negative Messages.

Negative messages are things that people say and do that put down another person and communicate that he or she is incapable of doing very much with his or her life.

The absence of negative messages is more important in creating, a positive self – image than the presence of positive messages.

If  people are not taking responsibility for their own recovery, it is often because they are receiving negative messages about their own abilities and potential for growth.

The greatest barriers to recovery are often the negative messages that reinforce a person’s negative self – image and negative self -talk.

When people do not see recovery as part of their lives, you need to surround them with the possibility of recovery.

The Power of Negative Messages in Creating and Sustaining a Negative Self -Image.

  1. Life is made up of our experiences.
  2. To make sense of our experiences, we create beliefs.
  3. We protect our beliefs by filtering, out information that doesn’t support our beliefs and only letting in information that does.
  4. We strengthen our beliefs by using our radar to seek out information that supports our beliefs.

“In order to change the negative beliefs, you must remove the negative messages and over – power the filter system with positive messages. ”

Helping a person move on with his or her life, towards recovery, involves:

Helping the person get in touch with what she thinks will improve the quality of her life.

Helping her identify and remove the barriers to getting that life.

Most often the barriers a person faces and the disabling effects of diagnosis are :

  1. The symptoms and side – effects of medication.
  2. The stigma or negative beliefs that others have about a person with a psychiatric diagnosis.
  3. The self – image or negative beliefs that the person has about him or herself.

Moving from hopelessness to hope is often what recovery is about. Helping one another do that is what peer support is about. How that is done is what recovery training is about.

Peer Support

Peer Support is the act of people who have had similar experiences with mental illnesses giving each other encouragement, hope, assistance, guidance , and understanding that aids in recovery. It can be done anytime or anywhere when two or more peers are in a mutual, supportive relationship.

Peer Support Services

Peer Support Services are programs, discussions, events, groups, etc. within the mental health system that are led by people in recovery and based on the philosophy of peer support. They take place within the structure of an agency or organization and are provided as a service by a trained peer specialist.

When people diagnosed with a mental illness begin to work in the mental health system a peer specialists, recovery is accelerated in three ways. The Peer Specialists recovery is strengthened. Peer Specialists help others recover. Peer Specialists help the agency and / or system recover.

I especially love the fact that the Peer Specialist helps the agency and / or system recover.







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