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The Power of Storytelling for Peer Support Specialists: Exploring Culture and Impact

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1.25 CE Hour On Demand
Peer Support Specialist

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In this workshop, we’ll explore the way sharing stories from lived experience supports recoverees in our role as peer professionals. We’ll identify some of the roots of our own culture and style of storytelling and question whether we might be causing unintended harm. We’ll finish by discussing the impact we WANT to have with our lived experience by connecting with personal and recovery core values and desired outcomes.

Target Audience
  • Peer Support Specialists
Educational Goal

Describe the way personal and recovery values connect with desired impact when story sharing in professional peer roles.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of storytelling in supporting recoverees as a peer professional.

  • Identify two or more cultures of storytelling that may cause harm when sharing with recoverees.

  • Describe the way personal and recovery values connect with desired impact when story sharing in professional peer roles.

Peer Support Specialist
Peer Support Specialists

This workshop meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for Peer Support Specialists by the Louisiana Department of Health.

CE Policy
This course is fiscally sponsored by Office of Behavioral Health, Louisiana Department of Health. There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants. These conflicts of interest have no bearing on the course content and have been resolved.
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Note: Time designated for waiting room, breaks cannot be counted toward CE credit.

Paul Alves, CARC RCPF NCPRSS, is the Founder of Choice Recovery Coaching, Inc, a non profit organization dedicated to Coaching Recovery across the continuum of care and systems alike. He has been developing the Peer Recovery Workforce across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond, focusing on Wellness Recovery Oriented Systems of Care ( WROSC ) in order to diminish stigma while enhancing systems efforts and multiplying community wellness. Mr. Alves is a person in Long Term Recovery from Substance Use Disorder, Food Addiction and Mental Health affliction. With a positive attitude and contemporary perspective, he believes that all individuals have the ability to recover.

Meghann Perry, CARC, RCPF

Meghann Perry, CARC, RCPF, is an award-winning storyteller, theatre educator, curriculum designer and Addiction Recovery Coach Professional. She creates innovative learning and performance experiences blending theatre, storytelling, and coaching and is an international educator in the field of recovery coaching. Meghann is a global speaker and storytelling coach and creator of two groundbreaking programs, Recovery Storytelling and Embodied Storytelling, and has designed countless other customized programs for such diverse groups as transgender youth and adults, adoptive caregivers, non-profit boards, and veterans. Meghann integrated theatre practices into Youth and Young Adult residential treatment services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and has worked extensively with adolescents and young adults in prevention, treatment and recovery. She is the founder of Meghann Perry Group and leads a team of talented, dedicated facilitators redefining recovery, wellness, and education by offering innovative, revolutionary, custom programs. You can learn more about the team and their work at

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