Sunrise is recognized as a leading expert in the Peer Support model and is the only NC non-profit that is 100% staffed by those in recovery from substance use and mental health challenges.
Sunrise’s Peer University program provides learning and professional development opportunities to individuals in recovery who are currently Certified Peer Support Specialists as well as those interested in becoming Certified Peer Support Specialists. Sunrise’s Peer University is an integral part in providing the training, support and education needed for individuals to complete their Peer Support certification and join the workforce and the community as a Certified Peer Support Specialist.
Incarceration, substance use and mental health challenges are typically seen as barriers to employment and economic stability.
Sunrise’s Peer University helps remove barriers by providing a pathway to becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist– an employable position utilizing lived experience to build individual and community connection resulting in increased access to healthcare, resources and recidivism.
In other words, your record is your resume! This results in a stronger community as those who are typically left out of the traditional job market are offered a chance to contribute to our local economy.
Speak to a Sunrise staff member at 828-552-3858, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below to enroll today!
A Peer Support Specialist can also be called peer specialists, peer recovery coaches, peer advocates, and peer recovery support specialists. This is a credentialed position where your life experience replaces intensive schooling and formal work experience. Peer Support positions often pay above minimum wage and is a pathway to a career for many who face barriers to employment such as incarceration, houselessness, substance use recovery and mental health challenges.
By becoming a Peer Support Specialist, you can strengthen your professional development opportunities as well as provide much needed support, hope and effective change in the community.
ONGOING SUPPORT FOR CURRENT PEER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS
Being a Certified Peer Support Specialist is rewarding work, yet it presents its own set of challenges. Peer Support Specialists work with populations who have similar lived experience. These interactions may open up vulnerabilities and trauma triggers for the Peer Support Specialist.
Our Peer University not only provides trainings in promoting safe boundaries, understanding trauma and self-care, it also provides a network of seasoned Peers Support Specialist who offer support, encouragement and counsel.