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REACH Recovery Education Trainings

For brief descriptions of these FREE trainings, please view the Recovery Trainings Flyer here! To plan ahead, view the Recovery Education Trainings Schedule! To get yourself signed up, continue reading to see if the registration has been opened. CEUs will be available for each training session. Contact Megan Sharkey (megan@nullvocalvirginia.org) with questions.

 

WRAP Facilitator Refresher Training

The Copeland Center recommends that all WRAP Facilitators attend a Facilitator Refresher course every two years. Refresher courses coordinated by VOCAL will span three days and include an application and participant fees. Please contact Megan Sharkey (megan@nullvocalvirginia.org) with any additional questions and/or to indicate your interest.

Offered in the Richmond area on April 23-25, 2019. Please click here for additional information and to download the application form. Use this outreach flyer to share this opportunity with others in your network! The deadline to apply is April 17.

 

Community Inclusion Training

The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, supported by the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, has developed a dynamic two-day seminar to advance knowledge and practices in community inclusion. The program focuses on the roles that peers, peer specialists, and peer support allies can play in supporting individuals to participate more fully in the communities around them, intending to move beyond a reliance on provider-based activities and towards a stronger engagement in community activities which they choose for themselves.
There are two options for participation: 1) Introductory Curriculum tickets offer a half-day information session for general stakeholders to learn the fundamentals of the community inclusion model, and 2) Peer Curriculum tickets include the introductory portion as well as the full two-day, experiential training which has been developed primarily for peers and peer support staff.
Offered in Annandale on May 7-8. Registration coming soon.

Emotional CPR Training (eCPR)

eCPR is an educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an Emotional Crisis by three simple steps: C = Connecting, P = emPowering, R = Revitalizing. eCPR was developed with input from a diverse cadre of recognized leaders from across the U.S., who themselves have learned how to recover and grow from emotional crises. They have wisdom by the grace of first-hand experience. To learn more about this program, click here.

Pathways to Recovery Facilitator Training

The Pathways to Recovery Facilitator training will be facilitated by Bonnie Neighbour, who has worked to develop this facilitator training for Virginia’s peers, and Ann Benner. This workshop will prepare experienced facilitators or group leaders in facilitating workshops with a strengths-based approach to recovery and resilience as found in the Pathways to Recovery: Strengths Recovery Self-Help Workbook.
Offered in Annandale on March 25-26. Register here. Please take a moment to share this opportunity by sending someone this flyer.
Offered in Charlottesville on April 11-12. Register here. Please send this outreach flyer to a friend or colleague

Peer Support Whole Health and Resiliency Training (PSWHR)

PSWHR is a training program designed to be taught to Peers who are in a position to then teach it to their fellow Peers, in individual or group settings. This approach is based on the belief that people with a chronic illness who are working to manage that condition and improve their overall health, are more effective than trained clinicians in helping others with similar experiences to make lifestyle changes. Once Peers have been through the PSWHR training, they are free to adapt the material to their local situation. To learn more about the program curriculum, view the Appalachian Consulting Group’s website here.
Offered in Annandale on April 16-17. Register here. Use this outreach flyer to share this opportunity with your networks!

SMART Recovery® Facilitator Training

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery®) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to empower people to achieve independence from addictions. VOCAL, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, invited 25 Peers from across the state to complete an online facilitator training by SMART Recovery®. 

We are grateful to the wonderful outpouring of interest from Virginian Peers! With that said, we are no longer accepting applications. To find a SMART Recovery® meeting group near you, follow this link. Keep an eye out for the Virginia Graduates who will be beginning to establish new groups across the state in 2019!

Trauma-Informed Peer Support Training

This highly interactive, unique training brings together the values of peer support with trauma-informed approaches. Using a combination of presentation, discussion and individual and group exercises, attendees will emerge understanding how to effectively apply trauma-informed practices to peer support. The intended audience for this training are people who provide peer support, whether as paid staff or volunteers, in peer-run programs or in mainstream (non­­-peer-run) programs. As well as people who receive peer support services and/or engage in peer support that is not part of a formal program.

Peer Recovery Specialist Training in Virginia

VOCAL is one of the approved organizations which offers the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS) Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Training Curriculum. The 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) training is one step toward becoming a certified PRS. It is recommended that individuals have demonstrated at least one year of recovery from mental health and/or substance use challenges before taking this course.

To receive updates on future PRS trainings, please subscribe to VOCAL’s E-Digest. In this weekly emailed newsletter we will include all training announcements for PRS trainings that have been coordinated by VOCAL, in addition to PRS training which have been coordinated by other Virginia organizations and/or trainers. Once scheduled, information about upcoming VOCAL-coordinated PRS trainings will also be posted on this webpage.

For additional information on the entire CPRS process, please go to the Office of Recovery Services page of the DBHDS website and the Virginia Certification Board’s website. Becoming familiar with the information available on these websites can be extremely helpful to people who are new to the Peer Recovery Community. View our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about the PRS and CPRS process in Virginia.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP)

This program was developed by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland and her peers in the 1990s. It can now be considered to be one of the most recognizable programs in the peer recovery field. If you are interested in learning more of the history of WRAPⓇ follow this link to the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery website.

Having completed a WRAP means that an individual has gone through a specific curriculum and created their personalized wellness and recovery plan. A foundational belief of the WRAP program is self-determination, and thus everyone’s WRAP is unique. Many people also view their WRAP as a living-document that is ever-evolving. Click here to learn more.

If you would like to receive updates on future WRAP groups across the state, please subscribe to VOCAL’s E-Digest. Once scheduled, information about upcoming VOCAL-coordinated WRAP groups will also be posted on this webpage.

WRAP Facilitator Training

Individuals who have completed their personal WRAPand can comfortably explain the program through personal illustrations are eligible to take a WRAP Facilitator Training.

These trainings are held around the state by many recovery-oriented organizations. The Copeland Center’s website is one main resource for finding information about upcoming WRAP trainings. Please subscribe to VOCAL’s E-Digest to receive additional updates on future WRAP trainings. Once scheduled, information about upcoming VOCAL-coordinated WRAPFacilitator trainings will also be posted on this webpage.

WRAP Facilitator Trainings coordinated by VOCAL will include an application process and fees for participation. This training’s curriculum spans five consecutive days and attendance at each day is required. Please contact Megan Sharkey (megan@nullvocalvirginia.org) with any questions and/or to indicate your interest.

WRAP Facilitator Refresher Training

The Copeland Center recommends that all WRAP Facilitators attend a Facilitator Refresher course every two years. Refresher courses coordinated by VOCAL will span three days and include an application and participant fees. Please contact Megan Sharkey (megan@nullvocalvirginia.org) with any additional questions and/or to indicate your interest.

Offered in the Richmond area on April 23-25, 2019. Please click here for additional information and to download the application form. Use this outreach flyer to share this opportunity with others in your network! The deadline to apply is April 17.

WRAP Advanced Level Facilitator Training

The Advanced Level Facilitator (ALF) Training is designed to prepare WRAP Facilitators to train others to become facilitators. This curriculum, similar to the WRAP Facilitator training, will span five consecutive days with attendance at all sessions required. An application process and participation fees will apply for ALF trainings which have coordinated by VOCAL. Please contact Megan Sharkey (megan@nullvocalvirginia.org) to indicate your interest.

ALF Eligibility Requirements

    • Experience: Applicants should have co-facilitated a minimum 5 WRAP groups.
    • Knowledge: Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of mental health recovery and the WRAP model.
    • Growth: Applicants should be able to demonstrate their growth as a facilitator through completed participant evaluations.
    • Motivation: Applicants should be highly motivated to share this resource with others.
    • Committed: Applicants should be committed to the WRAP model’s values, ethics, and 5 Key Concepts of Recovery (hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support).
    • Skilled: Applicants should have dynamic presentation and facilitation skills.

ALF Application Process

The following are the required pieces of an ALF training online application:

    • Biographical information.
    • Training history.
    • Question responses:
      • Who do you intend to co-facilitate future WRAP Facilitator trainings with?
      • How do you practice the WRAP values and ethics with yourself? When working with a co-facilitator? During the WRAP group experience?
      • How has living WRAP enhanced your life?
      • Share an experience about a WRAP facilitation curriculum guideline that resonates with you and why.
    • 20 minute video presentation overviewing the 5 Key Concepts and all sections of WRAP.
    • Submission of a copy of your WRAP Facilitator Certificate.
    • 15 copies of past participant evaluations.

WRAP Advanced Level Facilitator Refresher Training

The Copeland Center recommends that all WRAP ALFs attend an ALF Refresher course every two years. Refresher courses coordinated by VOCAL will span four days and include an application and participant fees. Please contact Megan Sharkey (megan@nullvocalvirginia.org) with any additional questions and/or to indicate your interest.

 

Peer-Run Nonprofit Training

Workshops, board retreats and consultations on how to start, grow and sustain a peer-run program, informed with recovery and trauma-informed values. We also facilitate intentional communication among Virginia’s peer-led nonprofits, thereby increasing their sharing of tools, resources, and technologies among one another. Contact Heather Orrock (heather@nullvocalvirginia.org) to learn more about this resource.

Leadership Trainings

Mental Health America of Virginia’s (MHAV) Advocacy Conference is a three day program of workshops on advocacy at the state policy level and hands-on advocacy experience at the legislature to promote consumer civic engagement. The conference focuses on skills and tools that build confidence, encourage participation and speaking in public. The conference format is two days in class and a morning at the General Assembly in Richmond, meeting legislators and advocating together for mental health awareness. Follow this link to learn more about this opportunity.

Consumer Empowerment and Leadership Training (CELT) is MHAV’s flagship educational conference. Join others in the recovery community for four days of workshops designed to give mental health consumers important tools for successful leadership and the skills to make your voice heard. This conference is designed for those that are further along in their recovery and are contemplating involvement in their communities or in the workforce. Many organizations, facilities and localities are seeking consumers to join their boards, committees, and work groups to improve mental health services and focus on high quality services. Follow this link to learn more about this great opportunity.

MHAV’s Facilitator Training allows working and aspiring peer support specialists to learn and develop art of facilitation. This commuter-style, 2 day training will take place annually. Follow this link to learn more about the next opportunity.

Employment Trainings

SSI/SSDI & Work Incentives: Dispel the Myths! A training program offered by vaACCSES which aims to help participants understand the various rules governing SSI/SSDI Medicaid, Waiver, Medicare, and related work incentives for people with disabilities. Follow this link to learn more about this opportunity.

Workforce Skills training offered by MHAV is a commuter-style, 2 day training focusing on the soft skills you need to find a job, to present yourself to a potential employer, or to understand dynamics in the workplace. This conference is especially intended for our peers in recovery, and who may not have held full-time employment for some time. Follow this link to learn more.

Recovery Conferences

VOCAL’s Annual State Wide Peer Conference is offered each May. Peers from across Virginia gather for three days to share hope and experience, and to network and coordinate recovery efforts and systems change. The VOCAL Conference moves around the state from year to year, so that peers in different regions have the opportunity to participate. This link will bring you directly to our Conference webpage for additional information.

Pathfinders, offered by MHAV, is a conference for veterans and service members of the military. This conference is three days long and focuses on trust, self-care, healing from trauma, and intentional and effective peer support. This program provides veterans with the tools necessary to serve as change agents in their community, effectively advocate for self and others, participate in system reform, and educate policy makers. Click here to learn more.

QUEST, offered by MHAV, is a three day conference geared towards people who are newer to recovery, and interested in exploring individual transformation. The short workshops are a good introduction to the more in-depth sessions of our other conferences and will guide individuals through activities that respect self-determination, connect with the recovery community, and explore personal needs & potential. Click here to learn more.