Natural Peer Support




This is an involved, interactive course with shared pairings and role playing. We will learn through our own life examples how to create healthy, respectful peer relationships and a developed sense of empathy which supports mental healthprevents bullying behavior and discrimination, and increases a sense of belonging. 


Participants will learn to transform their past experiences into healing for others. 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”, empowerment and community.


We will learn how to develop an environment which respects differences, promotes whole health, and inspires connection enriched by contribution.  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 issues, 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.


3 credits: $646   

Held at Kenai Peninsula College in the Spring Semester  (See calendar for dates and times)