In partnership with Advocacy Unlimited, Hartford Healthcare, The Pettit Family Foundation, and The Hartford, Mental Health Connecticut is calling all individuals who provide peer-delivered services and supports (both professionals and volunteers) to become the first-ever Connecticut facilitators for Whole Health Action Management (WHAM). WHAM facilitators will become certified upon completion of the training.
Individuals who are approved for the training will attend a free, two-day session on a date TBD. Currently our June training has reached capacity and we are awaiting additional funding in order to schedule a secondary training. Those interested in attending a future training are invtied to apply.
On completion of the two-day training, WHAM provides a format for the group to engage in the first 8-week program to support one another as they work toward, achieve, and maintain whole health goals. Following, each facilitator is then encouraged to start their own 8-week groups throughout the state of Connecticut. MHC is currently looking for additional funding to support the facilitated 8-week sessions.
Each participant will be certified and capable of facilitating the 8-week WHAM program throughout Connecticut.
WHAM is a science-based health plan, created by peers for peers, to teach participants how to set and achieve whole health goals through weekly action plans and 8-week support groups. The two-day, in-person WHAM training teaches participants to facilitate WHAM groups that help their peers reach whole health, wellness, and resiliency goals through effective self-management.
WHAM training supports the peer workforce to use person-centered planning and weekly action plans to create new health behaviors by engaging in weekly groups. It also teaches basic health screens for prevention and encourages shared decision making with health professionals. WHAM is founded on researched chronic disease self-management programs such as HARP (Health and Recovery Peer Program) and science-based health and resiliency factors like the Relaxation Response, developed by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. WHAM training prepares participating peer leaders to:
- Engage in person-centered planning to identify strengths and supports in 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors.
- Write a whole health goal based on person-centered planning.
- Create and log a weekly action plan.
- Participate in peer support groups to create new health behavior.
- Elicit the Relaxation Response to manage stress.
- Engage in cognitive skills to avoid negative thinking.