A Peers Introduction to Mental Health

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

PRESENTATION:While helping individuals with SUDs recover, Peers inevitably confront many mental health concerns that the clients bring with them. These Co-Occurring Disorders (CODs) can significantly impact treatment compliance and outcomes. A lack of familiarity with mental health disorders and how they comingle with SUDs can confound the effectiveness of a Peers work and create additional unnecessary complications. This training aims to familiarize Peers with various mental health issues most commonly co-morbid with SUDs and clarify the Peer’s role in working with these individuals to maximize success. This course also will introduce de-escalation skills and available mental wellness planning programs.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between mental health and mental illness;
  • Summarize at least 3 of the risk factors of behavioral health disorders;
  • Define and describe signs, symptoms, and supports of the most common diagnoses;
  • Describe how to apply crisis intervention strategies;
  • Demonstrate how to create wellness recovery plans for mental illness; and
  • Describe ways to identify a mental health crisis and how to respond – crisis intervention.


Ginger Ross, BA, CRSW, NCPRSS, Hampton, NH. Ginger is the founder & CEO of NH Recovery Coach Academy & Choices Recovery Training. Ginger has worked in the peer recovery field since 2015 and is a grassroots pioneer in developing the movement in NH. She is recognized nationally for her passion, expertise, and leadership in the peer recovery coach profession. She has her BA in Psychology, holds the state CRSW credential and the national NCRPSS credential. Ginger’s passion is to educate community partners around SUD and recovery to improve social justice.

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Randy Stevens works for The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester as a Peer Support Specialist for ProHealth, an integrated primary care clinic at the center. He is a Certified Recovery Support Worker, a Certified Peer Support Specialist, an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Randy uses his lived experience of substance use disorder, mental health disorders, trauma history, as well as his history of incarceration to create mutuality and connection with the people he supports to provide hope and encourage engagement in their recovery. He volunteers his time facilitating a weekly health and wellness group for a rehabilitation program called Men’s Therapeutic Community at Strafford County House of Corrections. He has a passion for supporting people in their journey of recovery and plans on completing his Master of Social Work program to further advance his abilities to serve the most vulnerable populations in NH.

Event Details

April 15, 2024
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Remote via Zoom
NHADACA Members – $50.00
Non-Members – $60.00