|What is Peer Support?|
Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. When people find others they feel are 'like' them, they feel a connection. This connection is an understanding based on mutual experience where people are able share with each other without the constraints of traditional (expert/patient) relationships.
Peer Support Specialists are people living in recovery who provide support to others whom can benefit from their lived experiences. The North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Program (NCCPSS) provides credit that the peer has met a set of requirements necessary to provide support to individuals with mental health or substance use disorders.
If you are interested in becoming a peer support specialist, please contact Debra Kindervatter at Debra.Kindervatter@coastalcarenc.org or call 910-459-4815. (Peer Support volunteers are especially needed)Becoming a Peer Support Specialist allows you to share your recovery in a new and meaningful way. Learn more about the North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Program.
Join CoastalCare for Peer Support Specialist Training April 22-26 at our Wilmington location, 3809 Shipyard Blvd. Stay tuned for a registation and agreement form.
Peer Support Specialist trainings are coordinated and facilitated through CoastalCare. Dates of these trainings will be posted when available.
Group Meetings NC Mental Health Consumers Organization (NCMHCO)