As a peer specialist, one of your most important jobs is to focus on the whole person. Your unique ability to connect and develop relationships with people, seeing more than the diagnosis or stigmatizing labels, allows you to guide people to reconnect with their own abilities, strengths, talents, and lessons learned from their own stories of survival.
The development of recovery and wellness plans that are person centered and strengths-based is not just about asking some new interesting questions and recording actions. It is a mind-set, a lens through which everything is viewed and everything is changed. It is a world of possibilities, of curiosity, of new expectations. In turn, your work is focused on valuing and building upon the multiple capacities, resiliencies, talents, coping abilities, and inherent worth of the people you serve.