Peer support is distinct from other forms of social support in that the source of support is a peer. A peer is in a position to offer support by virtue of relevant experience: he or she has "been there, done that" and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation. Recovery coaching is a form of strengths-based support for persons with substance abuse history. The fundamental ways to the recipient of the support; their relationship is one of equality.
Breaking Glass Ceilings -Entrepreneurial mentoring and business planning
Life strategies and leadership
Stacking your skill set 101
Recovery focused housing linkages to resources and development
Navigation of systems - high-level advocacy with compassion
Referal to community based services
Cultural and community responsibility
Ethics and Boundaries
Reentry and Recovery Coach training
Trauma Informed Care specific to the criminal justice system
Telling your story effectively
Community Soup Conversations with Participatory Facilitation
Traditionally, the Medicine Wheel is meant to make sense of the world and bring order to it, without isolating or compartmentalizing our different understandings of it. It celebrates both the diversity and unity of our spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional experiences. These four categories make up its four quadrants.
--Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
Implementing strong database instruments collect qualitative data (i.e., stories) that can’t be captured in numbers. Having robust data analysis tools also helps you identify stories you didn’t know were there. Together, numbers and stories allow you to tell a detailed story about what you’re doing and why it is or isn’t working. The data can validate and add clarity and detail to your instincts and conventional practices. In turn, stories can help you to explore all that stuff you don’t know, identify new questions, and refine metrics and outcomes evidence.
“…[T]he Medicine Wheel framework makes critical reflection essential. In the context of evaluation, this prompts our analysis to move beyond out‐ comes that lie on the surface – those that are easily observable and measurable – to capture deeper impacts, often linked to, but a little abstracted from the more obvious ones… [T]he Medicine Wheel Evaluation Framework provides the opportunity to deepen our understanding of a project and the outcomes it may have brought about. It fosters storytelling, as the stories of participants and other stakeholders help to round‐out and animate the project’s own story.”
The very core of organic peer support is having the lived experience. Without the lived experience the support can sometimes become more patronizing or possibly harmful to the individual’s recovery journey. Peer Supporters, Mentors and Coaches are able to support another individual in a unique way, it is your personal perspective of the experiences you equally have had in regards to incarceration and reentry to your respective communities. It is an equal playing field for both the peer and the peer supporter.