• Individuals with lived experience have an essential role to play in the public mental health/substance use disorder system and are considered peer supporters.
  • The roles that are created for peers within the service system should fully utilize the lived experience of the peer supporter, viewing it as a credential that the individual brings to the work that they do.  
  • Lived experience is necessary and on-going skill development for peer supporters is essential.
  • The recovery environment of the workplace is fundamental to the success of peer supporters and recovery for the individuals served.
  • Peer supporters are highly valued members of an agency; therefore, are fully integrated members of the mental health/substance use disorder delivery system. 
  • Equality and respect between peer supporters and traditional professionals must be reciprocal.
  • Choice and self-determination are important components in everyone’s recovery, including individuals receiving and providing services. 
  • Self-directed recovery does happen, with or without professional help.

Training Core Concepts

To better understand all the core concepts that are demonstrated in every approved 40 hour training, please download and view the Core Concepts document below.