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Being a Trauma Informed Peer Support Specialist

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1 CE Hour On Demand
Peer Support Specialist

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Peer Support is a growing role/ service that is being implemented across a wide array of systems. Community Health Centers, Behavioral Health Settings, Emergency Departments, Police and Criminal Justice Settings, Recovery Centers, Schools, Primary Care, Department of Children and Families, Faith based settings, Public Housing, amongst other settings have all benefited from Peer Support.

In a 2012 NIH publication, “Prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder among people with SUD”, the study assessed that about 89-95% of individuals with SUD report having history of traumatic experiences. SAMHSA reported that the percentage of People with Mental Health and SUD disorders nearly doubled during COVID in 2020. As the peer workforce comes across individuals with potential co-occurring challenges, it is pertinent that they are prepared to recognize that signs of trauma may be present in the individuals they support.

Target Audience
  • Peer Support Specialists
Educational Goal

The educational goal of this workshop is to increase knowledge about trauma and how to be a trauma- informed peer support specialist.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe where the peer support specialist might intersect with trauma.

  • Identify 3 or more experiences or events that might bring about traumatic reactions.

  • Develop a personalized approach to recognizing and addressing trauma and secondary trauma.

Peer Support Specialist
Peer Support Specialists

This workshop is approved for 1 General hour of annual required continuing education credits by the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health for LA Recognized Peer Support Specialists.


SAMHSA Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services

Category 2: Provides support, Category 6: Links to resources, services, and supports,

Category 7: Provides information about skills related to health, wellness, and recovery,

Category 12: Promotes growth and development


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.
  • Waiting Room Opens
  • Workshop Begins
  • Workshop Ends
  • Q&A
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.

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