Who Becomes A Certified Peer Support Worker?
To qualify for training, an applicant must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent, as well as:
- A current or former consumer of mental health and/or substance abuse services, with at least three full years of personal recovery.
- Have successfully completed training offered by the State Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement; and
- Completed 40 supervised hours of direct work with clients at an approved behavioral health agency.
Applicants must subsequently pass an examination administered by the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals.
All RFTC Peer Support staff are appropriately certified at the CPSW level. Training is ongoing, intended to further refine skills and ensure compliance with best practice. Sample topics include:
- Making Use of Natural and Community Supports
- Effective Personal Advocacy for Recovery
- Principles of Recovery and Resiliency
- Positive Sharing of Life Experiences
- Optimizing Engagement in Treatment and Self-Help
- Linking with Educational, Training and Vocational Opportunities
- Supporting the Consumer Who Has Lapsed/ Relapsed
- Ethics and Conduct for Peers
- Maintaining Healthy Boundaries in Peer Support Situations
- Best Practices in Peer Support Programming
- Protecting Consumer Confidentiality and Privacy
- Becoming a Culturally Sensitive Peer
- Interacting with Consumers around Issues of Medication
- Effective Parenting and Child Care
- Maintaining Health Through Good Eating and Sound Nutrition
- Understanding Trauma and Its Treatment
Recovery-Friendly Taos County envisions a community that promotes freedom from Substance Abuse by mobilizing individuals and community resources to overcome stigma, provide access to services, and support individual, family, and community recovery. “Una Vida Buena y Sana – A Good and Healthful Life”