Five Core Competencies for Peer Support Workers

In the field of behavioral health services, peer support workers must be able to help others. To achieve this, they should master five core competencies, which are mostly clusters of skills, knowledge and character traits. These competencies enable peer support workers to successfully aid people recovering from mental health and...

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Helping Clients Develop a Peer Support Network

Developing a peer support network during addiction recovery can be difficult for your client. He could respond negatively to his peers—or even hurt them. One client may trigger another, or they can relapse together. Despite such potential problems, research has shown that peer support networks are very beneficial. What’s more,...

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Stress Management Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

Working in a nonprofit dedicated to empowering children, youth and young adults ages 5-21 with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED) to become independent, Project Director of NFusion IV Desoto County Tracey Humphrey, M.A., PCMHT, P-LPC, knows a thing or two about workplace stress. She and her team are not only trained...

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Implementing a Trauma-Informed Care Framework

Developing a trauma-informed care framework is a complex process that requires a lot of changes in the organizations and systems providing care. In a previous post, we’ve outlined some of the proposed principles on which every organization and system should base their care. However, the implementation of these programs remains...

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How to Develop a Framework for Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma and the way we approach it systematically still leaves a lot to be desired in 2019. It’s a widespread issue with many different possible causes, affecting people regardless of their age, background, gender, or race and ethnicity. Since it is both a pervasive and complex issue, it requires careful...

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2019 Recovery Month: Celebrating More of Our Partners in Recovery

September is National Recovery Month, and we’re thrilled to highlight and celebrate the work of four of our partners this month. We’ll close this series with Portland Recovery Community Center and CADA. You can read the first post here, and check out Facebook and Twitter for more. Jordan came to Portland...

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2019 Recovery Month: Celebrating Our Partners in Recovery

September is National Recovery Month, and we’re thrilled to highlight and celebrate the work of four of our partners this month. First up, Communicare and Metro Inclusive Health. Watch this space as well as our Facebook and Twitter for more.   Communicare has many amazing success stories, but a favorite...

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Stressed Out School Days

When you think of the phrase “back-to-school,” what’s the first word that comes to mind? Would you be surprised to know that for many that word is “stress?” Tracy Humphrey, Provisionally Certified Mental Health Therapist (PCMHT) and Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (P-LPC) and NFusion Project Director of NFusion IV Desoto County...

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What Are the Core Values of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care?

Every program rests on certain core values, and the situation’s no different for the development of recovery-oriented systems of care. In the previous post, we’ve covered the basics of these systems. However, for communities and organizations to collaborate effectively on creating and implementing ROSC, it’s beneficial to delve a bit...

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The Basics of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, costs of substance abuse reach more than $740 billion every year, counting the costs related to health care, crime, and loss of productivity. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that in 2017, there were 19.7 million Americans aged 12...

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