Providing recovery support services is deeply satisfying and for many individuals doing this work is driven by passion and compassion. While these drivers are can be the source of this deep satisfaction, they can also provide fertile ground for vulnerability for the service providers and the organizations within which the services are provided. The compassion that provides both the energy for "the work" and the satisfaction we derive from these services can become fatigued through intense encounters and time.
In this session, we'll briefly explore this dynamic and look at some ways we can address the realities as they present themselves as well as proactively address our vulnerability.
This is an introduction to trauma-informed care for Peer recovery specialists which will provide a foundation for knowledge and beginning skills of trauma-informed care. Participants will review SAMHSA's definition of trauma, principles of trauma-informed care and the framework to apply these principles. The concepts of secondary trauma and vicarious trauma will also be explained. This training will assist Peers with their interactions with individuals seeking recovery who have experienced trauma.
In my presentation, I will introduce myself as a Latinx person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. I work as a peer recovery support specialist (PRSS) in El Paso, TX, a community on the border of the United States and Mexico. This community is comprised of an 81.4 percent Hispanic population. I will briefly discuss my experience as the daughter of immigrants, a first-generation American and Latinx person in recovery, and the disparities faced both individually and as a community. I will then introduce peer recovery support services and their practical application, including a discussion on the types of support and job duties fulfilled by a PRSS. I will examine SAMHSA’s definition of recovery as a process of change, which includes health, home, purpose, and community. I will briefly discuss just some of the disparities faced by Latinx communities in regard to these aspects of change. Disparity is important to discuss because, as resource brokers, PRSSs providing support to Latinx people can serve to leverage their knowledge in an attempt to counteract these disparities and connect them with agencies and services that are sensitive to cultural needs. Within the conversation on disparities, I also mention cultural values which serve as areas of strength and resiliency, such as familisimo, which is the normative belief that the family is central to the individual and that family has important obligations in regards to the provision of material, financial, and emotional support for both immediate and extended family members ((Ayón, Marsiglia, & Bermudez-Parsai, 2010; Sabogal, Marín, Otero-Sabogal, Marín, & Perez-Stable, 1987). Finally, I will end the presentation by examining features of culturally competent peer recovery support services.
Peer Recovery Support Specialists play an integral role in supporting the transition from active addiction to recovery. They bridge the gap between stabilization and recovery initiation occurring in treatment centers to recovery within the context of the community. Key to supporting this transition is the process of recovery planning – where hopes and dreams become a realistic map to a future filled with possibilities.
In this interactive session, participants will build skills that support a person-centered approach to the assessment of Recovery Capital and the development of recovery plans. This will be a hands-on training experience that includes practice using the recovery capital scale and tools designed to support recovery planning. Participants will leave training with both the skills and tools necessary to support the recovery planning process.
In this round table discussion around Virtual Peer Recovery Support Services (VRSS) we will explore the role of virtual recovery support services during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. We will explore how VRSS have been used to support recovery during the pandemic. What we should consider in respect to using VRSS as an effective tool for supporting recovery and ethical considerations moving forward.
This session is an opportunity for Single State Agency (SSA) and Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) representatives to discuss their success and challenges and exchange ideas around topics like recovery community organizations (RCOs), peer recovery support services, and peer certification processes.