American Samoa Alliance against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Back on Track, & Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center offered a Free Five Day Training on developing “Peer Support Specialists”Read Now
American Samoa Alliance against Domestic & Sexual Violence (aka Alliance) has partnered with Community Advocate, Back on Track, and Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center, a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide a “Peer Support Specialist” Free Training held October 31, 2019 to November 4, 2019.
Attendees of the five-day training event received education on the effectiveness of fellow peer support, focusing on those who experience mental health issues, that intersect with addiction and/or substance abuse. The training was facilitated by Donita Diamata, Director of Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center, and Sean Syrek a part-time wellness specialist with the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon, and a Defense Case Manager for the Parent Child Reunification Program.
The Alliance is grateful for the partnership with Peerlink National Technical Assistance, and Back on Track. There has been an increase in reported acts of violence in American Samoa by people under the influence of substance such as alcohol, and/or drugs. Training Peer Support Counselors, with lived experience of substance abuse and mental health through an approved curriculum from the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council (PBHCC), allows attendees to help others. Peer support is a great way to introduce people with life experience to provide support by relating to others with similar life stories. Those who attended the five-day training received certification as a Peer Support Specialist.