Certified Peer Support Services

Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) are critical in the Idaho mental health service. These trained support specialists work in the behavioral health system, and also have experienced a mental illness and recovery. They are well-positioned to support others who are seeking recovery. 

CPSS Peers offer hope and encouragement by sharing their experiences and knowledge, while addressing the needs of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. They work to create opportunities for recovering peers to live satisfying and meaningful lives. 

LIFE Counseling Center serves by:

  • Encouraging the participant's self-determination, hope, insight, and the development of new skills

  • Preparing for healthcare visits and asking questions

  • Identifying and setting health-related goals

  • Planning specific action steps to achieve goals

  • Encouraging exercise and good nutrition

  • Assisting in daily management tasks

  • Assisting in problem-solving

  • Providing social and emotional support and feedback

  • Building community support (accessing community services)

    The CPSS helps members increase self-engagement with four important elements:

    • Support

    • Hope

    • Opportunity

    • Tools

Using self-care tools and strategies, CPSS help members in the following domains:

•Increased self-awareness of strengths
•Increase self-care planning and implementation skills
•Self-management of negative self-talk
•Increased self-confidence
•Ability to share their story
•Increased hope
•Increased sense of empowerment and self-responsibility

Certified Peer Support Specialists provide hope for individuals, families, and communities recovering from mental illness by offering connections to a community of peers, encouragement and understanding, information regarding resources, and support through recovery. Supports include interpersonal relations, symptom management, relapse prevention, a wellness recovery action plan, and community engagement.

LIFE Counseling Center serves by:

  • Encouraging the participant’s self-determination, hope, insight, and the development of new skills

  • Assisting the client with setting recovery goals and developing a recovery action plan

  • Helping to resolve problems and address barriers related to recovery

  • Connecting client with professional and non-professional recovery resources in the community and helping members navigate the service system to access resources independently

  • Helping client to reduce isolation and build a community that supports recovery (back)