The purpose for this course is to expand the understanding of Peer Recovery Support Specialists on concepts of supporting the whole health of individuals in recovery and in the broader community.
The 46-hour peer recovery support specialist training alone does not provide enough education or foundational skills on physical and public health. We developed this learning pathway for Peer Recovery Support Specialists to further develop their skills and understanding of public health strategies and common co-occuring physical health disorders.
Throughout the training we will explore the differences between whole health, community health, and public health, and learn more about the intersection of behavioral health, substance use disorder (SUD) and overall physical health, including a brief overview of diseases frequently seen in people with histories of SUD. We will expand your understanding of the role of certified Community Health Workers (CHW) and how this differs from that role of a PRSS, as well as how PRSS’s and CHW’s can come together in a recovery-oriented continuum of care. This course is designed to teach you how to tailor your services as a PRSS based on a person’s culture, community and health status.
This course should take approximately 18 hours to complete and you can find a Table of Contents and course structure below.
This course is perfect for peer recovery support specialists who may want to work in a community clinic setting or public health agency. By completing this learning pathway you will earn a certificate of completion to help you stand out to employers as a PRSS with continued specialization in community, physical, and public health education.
This course includes a manual that will be used to answer reflections and questions. This manual is a PDF with fillable fields allow you to follow along. It was created to enhance your experience and does not need to be sent it to be reviewed or graded.