Peer support can benefit those recovering from traumatic injuries, addiction, and other mental illnesses. This session will review how counselors integrated peer support specialists into existing services to enhance client experiences. Attendees will learn about different types of peer support, ethical considerations for integrating peer services, and the benefits associated with peer support services.
Participants will gain knowledge of three different types of peer support: individuals that have experienced a traumatic physical injury, burn injury or are in recovery.
Participants will learn the benefit of combining/integrating peer support with counseling services and the ways in which it can enhance patient/client care.
Participants will learn one model of implementation of peer support with counseling services and the positive impact these programs have had thus far on patient/client care.