Natural Peer Leadership Training


This is an involved, interactive 60 hour training, with shared pairings and role playing. Participants will learn to transform their past experiences into healing for others, and inspire connection enriched by contribution. We will learn to operate from what’s strong, rather than what’s wrong.  The use of Peer Support Specialists is often the most significant factor in moving recovery forward in individual lives. Participants will explore the recovery principles and practices of hope, mutuality, “being with”, strengths-based language, empowerment and community.  We will study the roots and history of Peer Support, and practice how to guide solutions and strengths-based planning, follow appropriate ethics and boundaries, as well as collaborate across disciplines. We will explore alternative views on madness and harm reduction approaches to addiction.  We’ll immerse ourselves in an assumption common-ness, rather than the assumption of separation.  Students will learn best practices in alignment with the SAMHSA Peer Support Core Competencies, and study renown models of peer support from around the world. 


This course is taught by people in successful recovery from behavioral health challenges, and is offered especially for people who have personally experienced traumas, mental illness and/or addiction in their families, with friends or themselves – as well as all students of behavioral health.



September 16-20

September 30 – October 3

8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 2824 E 18th Ave, Anchorage

Cost: $150