So at one point in time, you thought to yourself “You know, I’ve been through a lot. I wonder if I can use my experiences to help someone who is experiencing similar issues to what I did?”, then you joined us at Peer Support Central and took a peer support training and development course. Look at you now, channeling your training and peer support certification and combining it with your prior experiences so that you may help better the life of someone else.
At Peer Support Central we couldn’t be happier, as we get to know that our training and development course graduates are out in the world making it a better place. While we know that you are exceptional peer support specialists, we understand that it is easy to run out of material or ideas for your discussions with your clients and peers, so below we have listed some of our favorite topics and conversation starters.
Spice up Your Conversations with These Topics
Little Changes Don’t Make Little Impacts
When someone is recovering from a mental health issue or anything for that matter, they may feel like every goal of theirs is just out of reach. This can be depressing for some people as it starts a spiraling feeling of doubt. As a peer support specialist, it’s important to remind your client and peer that the small victories are worth celebrating because while it might be a small step towards reaching their goals, it is a step in the right direction.
What’s Holding You Back from Being Who You Want to Be?
At some point, this question is bound to come up in discussion with your client and peer. This question is very straightforward, and it is likely that your client will initially respond by saying something like “My mental illness is holding me back”, but urge them to think more abstractly. While yes, the mental illness is likely a source of your client’s inability to move forward, urge them to think of things that they can personally change to overcome their mental health issue.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
One of the most common issues that people have during recovery, no matter what they are recovering from, is that they let the small things get to them. Instead of letting them focus on the small flaws they have, or if they haven’t made much progress, just remind them that good things take time and good things come to those that are patient and work hard towards their goals.
What Does It Mean to Be the Best Version of Yourself?
One important thing to judge when speaking to someone as their peer support specialist is your patient and peer’s idea of what their “ideal” self is. This can be an important conversation because you can judge their confidence levels while also telling them that there is no such thing as perfect, and being the best version of yourself is figurative for just trying to be the best person that you can every single day.
Peer Support Central Produces Quality Peer Support Specialists
We take pride in the people that we train and certify here at Peer Support Central because we know that when someone leaves one of our training and development courses that they are ready to help the people that need help most. Whether you come to us seeking leadership training, peer support specialist training, or critical incident stress management training, we are simply just happy to have you.
If you have any questions about our training and development courses or want to sign up for a course, feel free to contact us today at Peer Support Central.