Alaska Behavioral Health will host July peer support workshop in Fairbanks

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Alaska Behavioral Health will host a free training workshop for peer support specialists in Fairbanks from July 6-10.

The workshop is scheduled for July 6-10. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Behavioral Health)

According to Training Coordinator Jenifer Galvan, the free workshop is intended to give those who want to be peer support specialists the core values to take on that position. It was funded by a grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust authority.

Peer support is performed by those who have first-hand experience with a topic, be it addiction, trauma or mental health. The workshop is targeting those who have either experienced or been close to those who have experienced mental health struggles in their life.

“We’re starting to have the realization that mental health and addiction and trauma are all kind of intertwined, and so having someone who’s walked that path go with you, and maneuver everything in the system because the system isn’t really made for people to do on their own,” Galvan said.

Galvan emphasized the importance of the support coming from those who share the individual’s experience. “The role of a peer is to ease some of the stressors and make it more manageable by normalizing the stress and the distress and everything it stirs up,” she said.

By the end of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate of completion as well as a peer support manual containing ethics and techniques.

More information on the training can be found and sign-up performed by contacting Jenifer Galvan at jgalvan@akbh.org or at (907) 444-3666.

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