If you’re like me, you’re going to have some questions. . .

 
 

Is this like therapy?

NO! This is not like therapy and I am not a therapist. Our exploration one-on-ones are action oriented and all about the present moment. The question is “where do I want to be and what is the first step to getting there?” Additionally, therapy usually happens in an office setting, while we will be out in the world doing recovery things, however that looks to you.

What are one-on-ones like?

This is really flexible and varies greatly from person to person. It really depends on what is working for you and how that is working. We literally could be exploring meditation together, or having coffee, or playing a game, or writing, or petting baby goats, or taking a death defying hike, or making a vision board, or attending a fitness class, or wake boarding for the first time.

Where do we meet?

This will vary from person to person and session to session. All of this is about you, so it will be someplace you are comfortable in and someplace where action is needed.

WHERE IN THE WORLD DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THIS STUFF?

I have been working on this pretty much my whole life; I tore it all down and then had an opportunity to remake myself and “accidentally” found my purpose. I was born to do this. I currently work in the field at a local agency and go to The College at Brockport, studying Alcoholism and Substance Use Disorder. I will be done in the Spring of 2019, but never ever plan to stop learning.

What is a peer?

A peer is a person who has experience in the RECOVERY process coupled with special training. This person- who is going to have to be really brave- then uses that experience (like all the awful stuff he or she went trough) and the training to help someone else through something really hard.

Peers empower, encourage, and accompany others along a journey with a lot of twists and turns.

Peers remove barriers and instill hope. Yeah, peers are hope-dealers. It’s kind of a big deal.

Click the link to see what OASAS says about Certified Recovery Peer Advocates.

WHere do peers work?

Peers work in a wide variety of settings! From emergency rooms, to inpatients, to clinics, to mobile units in the community, the possibilities are endless.

When is the next class?

Check out our events schedule!

After I take the class, then what?

After you take both segments (the 30 hour RCA, and the 16 hour Ethical Considerations), then you can send away for your certification to the New York Certification Board.