The role of a Certified Peer Support Specialist is to provide guidance and encouragement to those who are coping with similar life experiences. By sharing their own stories of successful recovery, peer support specialists help others to see that change is possible. They also provide practical advice and support, helping people to develop healthy coping skills and identify resources that can help them in their recovery journey. In addition, peer support specialists work to create a safe and supportive environment where people can express themselves without judgement. Through their efforts, peer support specialists play an essential role in helping people to achieve and maintain recovery from mental illness or addiction.
A peer support specialist works with individuals to achieve healthy outcomes by:
- Sharing personal experience in a professional manner.
- Assisting a client in discovering the pathway to recovery.
- Utilizing lived experience to form a personal connection.
- Providing hope, encouragement, and guidance throughout the recovery process.
- Supporting the process of moving from hopelessness to hopefulness.
At Stephens Outreach Center, Inc., we believe believe in creating healthy, substance free lifestyles for families and communities.
PSS includes a mixture of office and home visits based on the needs of the client. We do our best to meet you where you feel most comfortable and where we can do the greatest good.
SOC utilizes Consumer Operated Services (COS), an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) model throughout our Peer Support Service delivery. The four basic functions of COS are mutual support, community building, providing services, and advocacy and may include the following services:
- Peer counseling
- Assistance with basic needs
- Assistance with benefits
- Development of natural support network
- Help with housing, employment, and/or education
- Structured educational or support groups
- Community inclusion
- Social and personal relationships
- Wellness-healthy eating
- Medication management
- Budgeting and money management
- Symptom management
- Independent living skills