a purpose and a passion
The PFCA was created with purpose and passion by the community of providers who employ peer and family support staff in Arizona.
We understand that the relationship between clinical teams and the individuals served can be greatly enhanced and strengthened when peer and family support staff are a part of the team.
This vital role of peer and family support has changed over time. Today, with the importance of reporting outcomes and demonstrating improvement, employed supporters require in-depth knowledge of evidence-based and emerging practices within various specialties.
The PFCA is designed to provide quality continuing education for peer and family supporters statewide.
Gloriana Hunter, Ed.d., Instructional design & facilitation
Gloriana Hunter is a champion of peer and family support. For over a decade, she has actively advocated for the inclusion of peers and family members in all forms of behavioral and integrated health care.
Gloriana believes training is a key element to sustaining a strong peer and family support workforce. She has developed and delivered several skill-development courses for people employed in peer and family support, plus their supervisors and managers. Her facilitative recipe holds a perfect mixture of practical application, evidence-based knowledge, humor, and inspiration.
Gloriana's focus on peer and family support comes organically through her own lived experience of recovery. She states, "I had a family who willingly stepped in and stepped up for me when I needed them most, and peer support was offered to me from the first day. This level of support has made all the difference between a life ruined and a life realized."
Today, Gloriana is a leading expert on how organizations can help build career paths for peer and family support employees. She holds a Master of Business Administration and an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.