About self-care for peer & family support

beyond the bubble bath

As peer and family support professionals, our job is to support people as they find their path to recovery and build their resilience. Sometimes we see wonderful transformations, but other times we see ongoing and devastating consequences of mental illness and substance use disorder. We know that caring for others has a high cost. This immersive course takes a deep dive into the prevention of personal and professional stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. We will identify the shortcomings of incomplete self-care models and gain the knowledge and skills to build resiliency in our personal and professional lives.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Calculate the high cost of caring

  • Categorize the danger zones when caring for others

  • Compare the shortcoming of “pop” self-care techniques with solid and research-based resilience-building models

  • Compose a self-directed Professional Resiliency Plan that can be easily integrated into professional practice and personal life

  • Create a regional peer & family support self-care association to strengthen resilience and commitment

Course eligibility:

To qualify for this PFCA course, you must meet the following conditions:

  1. Be currently employed in Arizona in one of the following qualifying roles:

    • Peer/recovery support specialist (PRSS)

    • Credentialed parent/family support provider (PFSS)

    • Supervisor for peer & family support employees

  2. Have a minimum of 2,000 direct service hours as either an employee or volunteer in peer or family support

  3. Have the recommendation and approval from your supervisor for each course attended

  4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of peer and family support principles

  5. Show evidence that you have obtained at least one of the following two options:

    • Have obtained a peer/recovery support specialist (PRSS) certificate in Arizona

    • Are an Arizona credentialed parent/family support provider (PFSS)

If you meet the above criteria, please fill out the application in its entirety and we will help you identify your best options for enrolling in your courses.