The name, “Take Your Heart to Work”, is a Meryl Streep quote that she used in a college graduation keynote speech. The quote is the essence of this Curriculum:

“Integrate what you believe into every single area of your life. Take your heart to work, and ask the most and best of everybody else, too. Don’t let that get beaten down.”

This training focuses on developing a NC Certified Peer Support Specialist (NCCPSS) who is well equipped and comfortable with working with other professionals on a treatment team or any Mental Health/ Substance Use Disorder agency. The NCCPSS will serve as an equal partner with unique qualities of lived experience. The trainers’ goals are to provide opportunities, in a caring environment, for the participants to be knowledgeable and marketable in the peer support workforce.

This training includes sections on self-monitoring wellness, building relationships, connecting to others and bridging the service gaps.

Once the participants embrace how to stay well by using self-monitoring skills and action plans, they are ready to proceed with the main part of the this Curriculum. An emphasis is placed on the Individual’s commitment to the NCCPSS and employer’s Code of Ethics. Of great importance is the ability to support individuals to become more interdependent in the community and less dependent on the service system.  Skills in effective communication without judgment, recovery oriented language and cultural competency are the topics learned and practiced in the Building Relationships Section. In the section on Connecting to Others, we will learn about crisis as an opportunity to change, decision-making tools and human rights. In Bridging the Gaps Section we will practice documentation, accessing community resources, substance use disorders and supporting service members and their families.

NOTE: A certified 16-20 hour wellness plan training is a prerequisite (taken before) to the Take Your Heart to Work Peer Support Specialist Training.  We recommend the Copeland Center Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Training which will be offered at Dilworth Treatment Center on Jul 12, 13, 14, 2017 at a cost of $75.  A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve space in this training.   Also acceptable is the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Peer to Peer 20-hour training. 

The Take Your Heart To Work Peer Support Specialist cost if $375 and due prior to training.  The application is attached below.

Training Dates (enter the start and end dates and times for your training event): 
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, July 21, 2017 - 5:00pm
Contact Person: 
Gin Monroe - Please contact by email at due to hearing impairment. Phone 252-259-2680
Contact Email: 
Trainer's Name: 
Mary Nelms
Maximum Number of Participants: 
Minimum Number of Participants: 

Dilworth Treatment Center

2240 Park Road

Charlotte, NC  28203