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Copeland Center Trainings 

Peer Supported Community Inclusion

The Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery and Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion have partnered together to develop and offer a training and technical assistance package to assist health care systems in the implementation of practices and tools to promote and advance community participation for people in recovery through the intentional skills of Peer Supporters.  


We offer a 4-step approach to our Community Inclusion Program including a core 3 to 4-day Seminar I Peer Supported Community Inclusion course.  A key focal point of implementation is the support, development, and training of the peer support workforce.  With the increasing awareness of the positive relationship between self-directed community participation, recovery, and quality of life, we have developed this peer support certification course as a vehicle to develop and define critical roles and responsibilities for the peer support workforce to support the recovery and increased community participation for individuals receiving services in the public mental health system.

Step 1 - Introduction to Community Inclusion and Preparing the Environment

This is a full day or half-day (depending on group size) course for policymakers, supervisors, agency leaders, peers, and non-peer staff.  This presentation will be provided by Copeland Center in collaboration with Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion Team.  


The objectives of this training are to provide:

  • Presentation and discussion about the fundamentals of community inclusion based on our document entitled Well Together ( The goal is to ensure that all people in the system are working from the same conceptual framework and understanding of its importance.

  • Presentation and discussion about peer support and the unique role of peers in promoting community inclusion.

  • Presentation about specific strategies that other parts of the service system can do to support community inclusion.

  • Presentation and discussion of strategies for how the service system, supervisors, etc. can best support peer specialists in promoting community inclusion.

Step 2 - Seminar I: Peer Supported Community Inclusion Training

A key focal point of Seminar I is the increasing awareness of the positive relationship between self-directed community participation, recovery, and quality of life.

This is a 3-4 day experiential training for the peer support workforce and those they are supporting.  In this course trained peer co-facilitators will engage individual community members through a co-facilitated peer group environment to explore and discover tools, opportunities, and action plans for increasing community participation.

Through this seminar participants will: 

  • Identify self-directed community participation goals and action plans

  • Utilize and apply a self-inventory tool of community participation 

  • Apply personalized community participation tools, resources, and ongoing action planning to recover and sustain wellness. 

  • Describe how to access community participation in multiple domains of community participation and its importance to wellness and recovery

Step 3 - Seminar II: Certified Peer Supported Community Inclusion Co-Facilitator Training

This course is designed as a peer support certification course to develop and define critical roles and responsibilities for the peer support workforce to support the increased community participation for individuals receiving services in the public health system.  As Copeland Center Certified Peer Supported Community Inclusion Co-facilitator, we are part of a growing network of ambassadors offering a new peer group model following a standard curriculum and practices through the Seminar I Course: Peer Supported Community Inclusion.   

Through this course, participants will learn to use a curriculum and the skills to:

  • Provide introduction presentations to a wide range of community stakeholders

  • Co-facilitate standard Seminar I: Peer Supporter Community Inclusion

  • Engage and support individuals 1:1 with their self-directed community participation goals 

Step 4 - Seminar III: Certified Peer Supported Community Inclusion Co-Facilitator Mentoring and Technical Assistance

Mentoring and Technical assistance support are all about the practical application and coaching following experiential training to enhance knowledge translation and skill transferring in the peer support work environment.  Mentoring is tailored to the individual’s learning and developmental needs and can be provided through side by side coaching through the co-facilitation of group seminars, individual video conferencing consultation sessions, or facilitated online support and networking sessions.  

WE: Wellness Engagement Training

WE Training is a self-directed structure for people who want to work one on one or to educate and support constituents to implement support groups. It is ideal for mental health peer support specialists, people who support someone facing a challenge, and anyone who wants to enhance their ability to empower others to activate planning in their lives. In this training, participants learn skills that can take peer work deeper to encourage others to take practical steps for their own wellness.

Personal mental health lived experience opens the door for us, but it’s our relationship skills that create change in people’s lives. WE training translates the values and ethics of peer support toward working collaboratively, creating healthy relationships, and identifying starting points for exploring wellness and action planning. You will learn techniques to engage people to recognize their own abilities and their power to plan for themselves. Additionally, this training can assist with the challenge of engaging people in their own wellness. 

WE Training compliments WRAP®, eCPR, Recovery Coaching, Mental Health First Aid, WHAM, supported employment, and other practices as well as being a powerful tool for peer support specialists.

Topics Covered:

  • Healthy Relationships as a way to understand healthy boundaries.

  • Understanding the concept of structure as a tool to support someone to create self-directed plans when one’s life is in chaos - Plans within Plans.

  • Tools to create self-sustaining peer support groups with shared power relationships.

  • How to use language as a doorway to connection and a way to get started on the pathway to recovery.

  • How to engage others in Crisis Planning after a difficult challenge.

  • Tools to more deeply understand personal wellness and how to develop actions steps as a process of maintaining a well peer workforce

Click here to learn more about the WE Training

Sharing Your Wellness Recovery Story, Storytelling Training

This course is about stories - sharing stories to inspire, inform and motivate others toward hope and action. Your life journey is a gift and how you share that gift through story can make a difference. Although this training primarily focuses on learning techniques and story development for a Peer Empowered Presentation (PEP), it offers easily transferable skills for a variety of storytelling opportunities. 
Stories are a way of sharing values, ideas and life lessons to individuals, organizations and communities.  Intentional stories hold power.  Research tells us that stories have an impact on how data and information is received.
This course will focuses on the benefits of storytelling as well as provide a step-by-step guide for developing your wellness/recovery story in a way that it can be shared verbally at conferences and events.
By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Examine the benefits of personal stories for both the listener and the teller.

  • Explore key messages to promote wellness and recovery for individuals and systems.

  • Develop a story intended to inspire, educate and motivate.

  • Practice skills in developing and sharing personal stories at conferences and events.

*This course is offered in a 3-day in person format, or online over the course of five 2.5 hour sessions, plus assignments in between sessions. 

Peer Support, Crisis and Healing Trauma Training

Peer Support, Crisis, and healing Trauma is a 4-Day Institute is intended for peer specialist and peer specialist allies seeking to further trauma-oriented practices into crisis support services utilizing the best practices of peer-supported relationships.   Participants will be engaged in co-facilitated dialogues, exercises, and knowledge transfer on healing from trauma and crisis support practices.  All learning is through experiential perspectives with the information provided to understand current supporting research and literature.  Participants will be invited to share personal experiences, apply new skills, and engaged in planning the next steps for implementation in a crisis support program based on peer support relationships.

Through this course participants will:

  • Understand and distinguish the unique role peer support offers in crisis support services

  • Define and understand the broad range of impacts of trauma on an individual’s whole health, our community, and an organizations wellness;

  • Explain the relationship between trauma and crisis support and,

  • Apply the values and practices of peer support to effectively support a person in crisis in the context of healing trauma.

PG: Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Training

Peer Generation is a 3-day workshop developed for youth and emerging adults to identify personal pathways to empowerment, resiliency, and wellness.  In this interactive, upbeat training participants are given the opportunity to learn about the Peer Generation Movement of empowered young leaders. This course offers a mutual learning environment based on Foundations of Resiliency that include: Hope, Connection, Self- Determination, and Meaning.  Through the exploration of personal strengths and creative self-exploration activities, youth are given the opportunity to get in touch with who we are and the cultural and personal experiences that have formed us. Through this powerful path of personal self-discovery, youth are invited to explore ways of using our own personal strengths to not only support our own journey toward wellness but to strengthen the communities that are supportive to us. This training is culturally grounded and focuses on practical ways to be inclusive toward the diversity of communities and experiences. Youth who attend this training are given the opportunity to explore their life dreams and goals and provide them with a transferable self-help tool to explore their own knowledge and discover steps that will continuously support them in reaching the goals they set to achieve. All Peer Generation workshops are facilitated by youth facilitators. Must be between the ages of 18-30yrs.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the Foundations of Resiliency.

  • Participants will learn practical ways to participate in community, honoring differences in intersecting identities.

  • Participants will develop clear, self-identified strategies for wellness and resiliency.

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