Peer Recovery

Peer Recovery

For decades if not centuries, the treatment of mental health challenges followed the medical model. The basic concept being that the individual is broken and must be fixed through primarily external means. And, if a fix is not possible, then hospitalization has been the treatment of choice.

The Peer Recovery Model puts the power in the hands of the individual. Driven by the belief that the individual knows what is best for them, the Peer Recovery Model expands the individual’s treatment options and while it does not throw out the medical model, the medical model becomes an option in a much larger treatment approach. Hospitalization becomes more of a last choice not the first.

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This package addresses three general areas: an understanding of the Peer Recovery Model, the importance of self-care when doing this work, and the use of Wrap in ones work with clients.

The courses in the package are:

The Peer Recovery Model

Language Matters

Wrap I

The Peer Recovery Model

This course covers the history of the Peer Recovery movement and its goal of empowering the individual. The Model is contrasted with the Medical Model exploring how the role of the individual changes in the process of making treatment decisions. Various treatment options are discussed demonstrating how empowering the individual helps build a treatment program that works best for ongoing recovery.

Language Matters

Join us for a lively, interactive discussion on the language we use to talk about mental health challenges and how we can work together to improve it! Learn the concepts behind inclusive language, how to implement new and dynamic language that honors the unique lived experience of each individual, and ways to ensure the messages we intend to send are the messages that get received.

Language is one of the most important tools we have for defining the world we live in. By changing the words we use to talk about something, we can change the way it’s perceived. This is especially true of the language we use to discuss mental health challenges. Each of us can help to create an environment that promotes recovery and wellness by examining the language we use and actively seeking to change it for the better.


Mary Ellen Copeland developed the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (Wrap) in 1997. Using a series of questionnaires, she evaluated different techniques individuals were using in their work to address their mental health challenges.

In this course, participants learn an evidence-based system used worldwide by people who are dealing with health issues including mental health challenges. WRAP® is self-directed and adaptable to any situation or challenge. WRAP® may be created by individuals or groups, such as teams, boards or management groups.

After completing the course, participants are authorized to use WRAP in their work with individuals. Additional training is required before one can teach WRAP to others in a classroom setting.

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