The CAFE TA Center is pleased to present its newest online training, Peers as Professionals: Workplace Success. There are many challenges for people with lived experience when it comes to engaging with the behavioral health workforce. Peer professionals want to remain true to the principles of recovery, help those they work with build on their strengths and drive their own care, and be treated as valued, competent team members by their colleagues.
CAFE TAC’s latest training, Peers as Professionals: Workplace Success, offers advice for peers in every role, including paid peer support specialists, peer volunteers, committee or council members and supervisors. The training is conveniently organized into modules, so viewers can select the portions that are most relevant to their role. It coves a wide range of topics, including ethics, being a valued employee, working effectively in a team, understanding and explaining your role, staying true to peer support values, effective advocacy and communicating with supervisors. Check it out today!
This training is presented as a pre-recorded slide show with accompanying audio. To download or view the training in PDF format with a written transcription of the audio and thumbnail images, please click here.
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Tagged consumers, employment, lived experience, mental health, peer support, recovery, training, workforce development
The CAFE TA Center is pleased to release the seventh and final video in its Recovery Stories series. In this segment, people with lived experience speak out about what they think the world needs to know about recovery. While recovery is a familiar concept for people in the peer support movement, those outside the behavioral health community might not understand the value and effectiveness of the recovery model, and how the notion of recovery can provide the hope and empowerment that more traditional treatment approaches lack.
The individuals in this video have a clear message for their communities: mental health impacts everyone, people with mental health diagnoses are people with hopes and dreams that deserve the same recognition of their humanity as anyone else, and recovery works because at its root, it’s about hope.
We hope you have enjoyed our Recovery Stories video series. Remember, all seven videos in the series are available here on our website. Feel free to share them with families, providers and advocates in your community, to help them better understand what recovery means to you!
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Tagged alternatives, consumers, emerging adults, labels, lived experience, mental health, peer support, recovery, stigma, video
For people with a behavioral health diagnosis, the reality of stigma is all too familiar. They know from first hand experience how people react to finding out that someone they know has a mental health diagnosis. Individuals forget that they are dealing with a person, and begin to think in terms of negative stereotypes that work to define people with mental health needs as “other,” “abnormal” or “one of those people.”
In the sixth installment of the Recovery Stories series, people with lived experience talk about how they have dealt with stigma, and how it works to separate people with behavioral health diagnoses from the so-called “normal” people. The message shared by these individuals is that people with lived experience are people first, and deserve to be recognized for their humanity, not for their diagnoses. Please take a moment to listen to their thoughts, stories and insights, and share them to help break the grip of stigma in your community.