A dozen hopefuls worked their way to becoming peer support coaches for those suffering from mental illness and addictions.
The Peer Support Program aims to help people get into recovery and stay sober for the remainder of their lives. The students learn a variety of tactics to help them through the process while supporting others just starting their journey.
" A lot of what’s talked about here are rules and boundaries," said Steve Carrel, CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health. We want to make sure that we you know make sure that lines aren’t crossed because we are working with a very vulnerable population. "
During the course communication and potential triggers were also discussed. All coaches in training must complete 12 hours of online training and 40 hours of classroom training as well as a pass a state exam. Neil Walters is in the class and says the information he is gathering is invaluable.
" I think it’s awesome," said Neil. It’s helping me to learn a lot. It’s helping me to be able to interact with other people in the community who may have went through the same things that I have went through. "
Carrel says the training was so successful last year that the Mental Heath Services Board provided funding for the program this year. He hopes to have another week long section coming up later in the year.