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 Believe in the importance of self-directed services

 Have an outlook on life that inspires hope

 Believe that growth and change are possible

 Believe in the healing power of relationships

 Accept and embrace differences

 Believe in the importance of the persons' choices

 Have respect for all cultures, sexual orientations, spiritual beliefs, and

 family cultures regardless of personal beliefs

 Believe that recovery is possible for all

 Have respect for human rights




Personal Abilities


Is able to use own experience and skillfully share to benefit others

Has self awareness and is abe to use to inspire others

Is able to model wellness

Possesses problem-solving skills to assist people in exploring life

choices, and outcomes of those choices

The ability to embrace and support own recovery

Explore, communicate and respect personal boundaries

Balances personal recovery while supporting someone else's

Is able to support people to empower themselves

Recognizes others strengths and challenges

Seeks lifelong learning and personal development




Knowledge


In-depth knowledge of recovery principles

Ethics, boundaries, and healthy relationships

Owns personal strengths and weak spots

Awareness that there is a range of views and beliefs regarding mental health and/or substance use and their treatment, services, supports

and recovery

Understands that recovery and wellness involves the integration of the whole person including spirituality, physical health, sexuality, and community

Knowledge of the impact of traua on recovery and resiliency

How to support a person to find information about a variety of community resources

General understanding of rights - as defined by a combination of patient rights, ADA standards and civil rights as afforded to all citizens

Cultural awareness - have a basic knowledge of diverse cultures (including age) and how they may impact individual values, choices and lifestyles.

Understands the impact of stigma, discrimination,, marginalization and oppression that society places upon individuials labeled with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders.  Understand that self-stigma is the defining of ones self by diagnosis, limitations and/or illness based perceptions.

Role of a Certified Peer Specialist - as defined by the essential functions outlined in the General Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Job/Position Description


Safety (Personal and Practices)-knowledge of how to encourage safe

environments, relationships and interactions for the Peer Specialist and

others involved

Person Centered Planning-knowledge of the Person Centered Planning

Principals and the central role of the service participant



Skills


Communication: ability to listen and to communicate clearly with others

Ability to communicate clearly in writing

Ability to assess strengths and needs

Ability to ask questions to get to know the person

Ability to find resources

Ability to identify people in crisis and make referrals

Ability to Advocate for others

Ability to find information about mental health treatment options and

alternatives

Ability to use own history in useful way

Ability to foster a relationship and engage them in their recovery

Ability to interact with people in a way that is trauma free

Ability to recognize limitations and boundaries and ask for help/make

referrals

Ability to be a successful employee (e.g. following personnel policies)

Ability to provide age appropriate services and supports


Updated by the Peer Specialist Committee of the Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force on July 15, 2011 and reformattedJuly 2011


Updated by the Peer Specialist Committee July 9, 2013


The original document was developed in 2008 by the Peer Specialist Subcommittee of the Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force with funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant # 93.768, Department of Health Services/Pathways to Independence

NOTE FROM THE ASSOCIATION:Personal values and most of the personal abilities in the curiculi cannot be taught, but must be developed within the individual through life experience.  None of the training programs approved for certification cover all of the competencies in training.  Some information must be obtained through other sources or supervision.  The original columns that indicated which competencies were covered in which trainings were removed by the Peer Specialist Committee of the RITF.  If you would like a copy of the original formatted competencies, with other changes noted here, please CALLOR EMAIL us using the information on the  "Contact Us" page on this website and we would be happy to email you a sheet with original comparison columns.  You may wish to review this information to make an informed choice when choosing a training program.