This webinar is the first in the four-part series Enhancing Personal Capacity for Wellness. The presentation offers guidance to family members, caregivers, and peer support specialists for maintaining personal wellness.

Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help among people with shared experiences. Peers have a shared understanding of what is helpful in the recovery and maintenance of wellness in recovery. In the webinar, the presenters provided a holistic view of the benefits of peer support, what healthy peer support looks like, and their experiences as recipients or providers of peer support.

Peer support embraces diversity and encourages others to achieve their wellness goals by making responsible choices and avoiding decisions that could impair their wellness. Empathy, reciprocity, and respect are vital components of a supportive peer relationship. Supportive peer relationships can occur between two people in recovery, a peer and a mentor or specialist, or a peer and a family member or caregiver. In peer recovery, wellness needs to be looked at as a multidimensional concept where different dimensions of wellness will affect other dimensions.

This webinar is part one of four. Watch the rest of the series: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4.

This resource was first shared in 2017.

(Presentation, YouTube)