Peer to Peer Mentoring
A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a person with lived experience, who has a mental health challenge or dual diagnosis. The role of a CPS is centered on promoting recovery and creating a sense of resiliency to others who experience chronic or persistent mental illness. A CPS provides individual mentoring, coaching, and guidance to the peers, as they work toward reaching their personal goals. They are a model of ‘living hope’ to others as they navigate the complexities and symptoms of their mental health. Because of their unique firsthand experience, a CPS is able to work as equal partners and co-learners with the peers, as they seek to achieve their own recovery. The work of a CPS is to empower their peer in such a way that he/she is able to discover and harness for themselves the ability that they possess, in order to achieve personal recovery and wellness in their life.
The Peer Support Program at Indian Creek Foundation connects peers with one another, and provides educational and social platforms whereby each peer has an opportunity to cultivate friendships, practice recovery tools, and obtain the basic skills needed to promote greater independence. Such groups have covered topics relating to computer skills, social skills, cooking skills, public transportation, and wellness/recovery planning.
For more information on the services provided and the intake process, please contact the Peer Support Coordinator at 267-203-1500 ext. 206