Trauma-Informed Trainings

Peer-led, Trauma-Informed Trainings for Massachusetts and Beyond.

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Trauma-Informed Training Opportunities Offered by Kiva Centers

The Kiva Centers are pleased to offer a wide array of trauma-informed training offerings for residents of Massachusetts and beyond. 

Peer-led training is a core part of our on-going mission to provide trauma-informed, public health resources and support to our community. The trainings listed are offered and endorsed by Kiva and facilitated by experienced members of our peer-run community. 

Contact us today at (508) 751-9600 for information on how to bring peer-led training to your community or organization!

Peer-Led Trainings

CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST (CPS)

This is a rigorous training for people preparing for a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) role in the community or service systems. CPS training is designed for people who have some knowledge and experience with peer support. This 10 day training is an advanced course and provides the recipient with a credential and state recognized certification. 

Primary Audiences: Peer Support Workers and/or people with peer support training experience

Length: 60 Hours

 

 

 

CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST SUPERVISOR TRAINING

This is an advanced training course designed for Certified Peer Specialist Supervisors. Supervisors, soon to be and/or aspiring supervisors taking this training would ideally have 3 or more years experience being certified and working as a CPS. Supervisors who are not CPSs . Supervisors who apply and are not trained as a CPS, can also benefit from this training. CPS Supervisors must be well-versed in the CPS model, and approach this training as a way to build this foundational knowledge. This training will teach supervisors how to inform policy through a peer support lens. Supervisors will learn the key components of CPS Supervision. Supervisors will learn how to tangibly apply transparency, mutuality, and collective growth to the foundation of their work. 

Primary Audiences: Certified Peer Specialists, Directors of Peer Services, Peer Supervisors

Ideal Eligibility Requirements for the Training:

  • Certified Peer Specialist Credential
  • 3 or more years experience working in a peer support role
  • Minimum of 5 peer support trainings taken

For those Currently in CPS Supervisor Roles without a CPS Credential:

  • Understand the history, concepts, values and ethics for the CPS role
  • Must be an advocate for the fidelity, purpose and effectiveness of the CPS role, ethics, and values

Length: 10 Hours

YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT ADVOCACY TRAINING

The Youth & Young Adult Advocacy Training teaches participants the key components of Young Adult Advocacy and Peer support as they currently exist, challenges with the present structure, and efforts to revolutionize the work. Topics include understanding youth and young adults as a social classes of people, problems with tokenizing youth and young adults within services, and how to properly advocate with youth and young adults, all with an emphasis on youth liberation. 

Primary Audiences: Young Adult Peer Mentors, Peer Support Workers, Social Workers, Educators, General Public

Length: 10 Hours

PARENTING JOURNEY

Parenting Journey supports mothers, fathers, caregivers and the general public to increase their confidence, capability, and resiliency – as individuals and as parents. The training includes activities, discussions and a family-style meal. During the final day, family and friends are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to honor the participation, accomplishments, and strengths of each person in the training.

Primary Audiences: Family Members, Peer Support Workers, General Public

Length: Once a week for 12-14 weeks

 

EVALUATION FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING

This training is part of SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), dedicated to promoting wide-scale adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services and systems for people in recovery.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

                     
               
TRAUMA INFORMED PEER SUPPORT (TIPS)

Much is known and has been documented about the value of peer-to-peer support groups. Kiva’s Trauma Informed Peer Support (T.I.P.S.) training takes peer support to the next level by supporting people with lived experience and/or peer support workers achieve a greater understanding of and capacity to respond to trauma. This training reinforces the key principles of trauma-informed peer support, which leads to trauma-informed, resiliency based outcomes.

Primary Audiences: Individuals providing peer support in a peer-run setting and/or who want a better understanding of peer support.

Length: 10 hours

 

 

         

DO NO HARM: AN ANTI-OPPRESSION TRAINING

Do No Harm is an anti-oppression, cultural humility, and social harm reduction training. This training is intended for participants to learn how to better work with communities of people who are impacted by systemic oppression. As well as how to recognize and be responsive to a variety of overlapping social identities and experiences. Do No Harm is a training about understanding how most spaces are not safe for certain social class groups how do we reduce the harm on interpersonal and individual level. 

Module instructions and debriefing sessions are structured in to practice various strategies taught within the course. Topics include but are not limited to: social justice, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, curriculum building and the impact of language.

Primary Audiences: Human Services Workers, General Public

Length: 3-6 Hours

PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVOR TRAINING SERIES 

The Psychiatric Survivor Training Series is a training course with a 2-part intention. The first intention is documenting and carrying forward the history of survivors labeled with psychiatric diagnoses. Early activism was a precursor to the modern peer support workforce, psychiatric survivor movement, and its origins in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 70s. The second intention of this training series is a platform to train and discuss what psychiatric survivorship looks like now and where is our movement going? This training will teach participants about the myriad of individuals, organizations, and activist groups who pioneered this human rights movement in the United States and abroad.

Primary Audiences: Peer Support Workers, Social Workers, Educators, General Public

Length: 1-3 hours (Per workshop)

 

WRAP TRAINING

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. WRAP® is a wellness and recovery approach that helps people to:

1) decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors;
2) increase personal empowerment;
3) improve quality of life; and
4) achieve their own life goals and dreams

A WRAP® also includes plans for responses from others when an individual cannot make decisions, take care of themselves, and/or keep themselves safe.

Primary Audiences: General Public

Length: Once a week for 10 weeks

 

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