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Introduction to Mental Health for Peer Recovery Specialists

Consumer Connections

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Monday, November 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM (EST)

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Introduction to Mental Health for the Peer Recovery Specialist

As the utilization of Peer Recovery Specialists expands; a common theme has emerged. The large number of individuals presenting with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders has presented unique challenges. As Peer Recovery specialists work to support recovery and wellness, addressing this gap in knowledge has proven critical. This three (3) day training will provide Peer Recovery Specialists with knowledge and skills in basic mental health principles. This event will include a combination of classroom instruction and panel discussion to meet learning objectives.

Exciting panelists and guest speakers will be announced soon!


Day 1: Overview of Mental Health Issues and Recovery

Monday November, 5, 2018

Participants will be provided with an overview of the various types of psychiatric diagnoses, as per DSM -5. Participants will explore the role that mental health and mental disorders plays in the individual living with a substance use disorder.


Day 2: The Role of Psychotropic Medication in Recovery

Monday November 19, 2018

Participants will be provided with an overview of psychotropic medications and their usage in treating mental health disorders. Particular attention will be given to the role that this medication usage may or may not have on addiction recovery.


Day 3: The Impact of Co-Occurring Disorders on Recovery

Monday November 26, 2018

Participants will be provided with an overview of the complexities that exist for individuals living with both substance use and mental health disorders. Key recovery definitions and frameworks will be presented. Particular attention will be given to identifying specific strategies that Peer Recovery Specialists can utilize to support individuals with Co-Occurring disorders.

Important Information

Please note: this is a 3-day workshop.  The ticket price grants entry to all three days of this event. Each day will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Attendance at all three days is required to receive a certificate of attendance.


Monday November 5, 2018

Monday November 19, 2018

Monday Novemeber 26, 2018

Intended Audience: Individuals working as peer recovery specialists (or similar positions) in addictions settings

*Lunch is not provided at this event.  Please plan to bring your lunch or purchase lunch on your own.  Ample break time will be given.*

*Recertification Credits are pending*


About the Trainer

Mary DeJoseph, DO

Mary DeJoseph, DO works as an instructor and program facilitator with the NJ/ Northeast FASD Education and Training Center at the Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies. She is a research advisor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and is licensed in Family Medicine in PA. She serves on the New Jersey FASD Task Force and is a contributing author to journals, publications and book chapters on FASD. She consults with the Mental Health Association in NJ and does workshops on a variety of addiction and mental health topics. Dr. DeJoseph has received an Ambassador Award in the Area of Health Care from the NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma and is a member and regional coordinator in the Birth Mother’s Network. She has been awarded a place in the Tom and Linda Daschle FASD Hall of Fame @ NOFAS. She received her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University and Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.


About the Panelists

Coming Soon!

About the Guest Speakers

Coming Soon!




Do I have to attend all three days?

We strongly encourage it.  This event is intended to be one event that occurs over three individual days.  The cost of this event provides you with admission to all three days of content and panelists. Single day tickets are not available.  


Who is the intended audience for this event?

This event is intended for anyone working in a peer position in an addictions or co-occurring setting who is seeking basic training in mental health. Please note that this event may be too basic for individuals who have previously attended the Consumer Connections CORE training.  


What can I bring into the event?

Electronics: We do ask that all phones be turned off or placed on silent during this event.

Food/Drink: While there is no eating or drinking in the classrooms, there is a dining area available to eat lunch. Please bring your lunch in an insulated/cooled bag or container.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Chrissy Schayer, Director of Consumer Connections, at or (848) 480-0916


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Middlesex County Fire Academy
1001 Fire Academy Drive
Sayreville, NJ 08872

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Monday, November 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM (EST)

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Consumer Connections

Consumer Connections, a program of The Mental Health Association in New Jersey, is dedicated to strengthening and expanding peer workforce development.  Through the creation of high quality training and educational opportunities, our goal is to empower individuals working as Peer Specialists to use their lived experience to support others in moving toward wellness and recovery.

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