Recovery to Practice

... a SAMHSA-Funded Project to bring recovery principles into behavioral healthcare.  

“Recovery-oriented practices are based on an appreciation of each person’s right to determine, to author, his or her own life [and of] the central role that choice plays in defining who and what we are … Implementing high-quality and effective psychiatric rehabilitation and other evidence-based practices is not enough to accomplish transformation if the status and role of people in recovery is not also dramatically transformed from that of a passive ‘mental patient’ to that of an empowered citizen.” — Recovery to Practice Project Director Larry Davidson. Ph.D.

As one of the professional associations awarded a contract under Recovery to Practice, iNAPS has created an innovative and collaborative continuing education curriculum for experienced peer support providers. Steve Harrington led a large group in development of this training, which began with a situational analysis. Read Here

Recovery to Practice Next Steps:
Continuing Education for 
Peer Support Providers


Four Part Video Series:
Implementing Peers in the Workplace

Excerpt 1 – 1:00 min. (Definition of Peer Supporter)

Excerpt 2 – 3:00 min. (Job Descriptions and Titles)

Module 1:
Peer Support and an Overview of the Recovery to Practice Training  

Module 2: 

Description and Roles of the Peer Supporter 

Module 3: 

Integration of the Medical and Recovery Models Through Peer Support  

Module 4: 

Issues that Help and Hinder Implementation 

Webinar – Broadcast on April 25, 2014
A Guided Tour of the iNAPS Recovery to Practice training materials and Collaborative Learning philosophy

The Recovery to Practice curriculum for working peer support providers was designed and developed with input from working peer support providers across the country and it was peer reviewed by leading content experts in the recovery and peer support movements at multiple stages in the development process. In the early stages of delivery, the training was pilot-tested with groups of working peer support providers in diverse practice settings. After the first round of pilot testing, the training was substantially revised to create a more collaborative learning experience, then finalized as an interactive in-person training. The training is now available nationwide.

The Recovery to Practice training consists of the following parts:

  • Participant Workbook (we hope to update the workbook soon) Download
  • In-Person Training Sessions
  • Post-Training Assessment of Skills and Knowledge

Eight content areas are covered in the workbook, in-person training, and assessment: 

  • Module 1: The Transforming Power of Recovery
  • Module 2: The Complex Simplicity of Wellness
  • Module 3: The Effects of Trauma on Recovery
  • Module 4: Multicultural Awareness and Recovery
  • Module 5: From Dual Diagnosis to Recovery of the Whole Person
  • Module 6: Peer Support Values and Guidelines
  • Module 7: Strengthening Workplace Relationships
  • Module 8: Supportive Recovery Relationships

In-Person Training

The in-person training uses a Collaborative Learning approach, in which the participants are the “content experts” and the facilitators are guides to set up experiences that allow the participants to share their working knowledge of each area that is being explored.

The in-person training is adapted from the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). To learn more about this transforming practice, visit:

Post Training Assessment

The post-training assessment is an open-book online assessment that is available only to participants who complete the in-person training or to authorized organizations that have completed the requirements to offer the in-person training.

Facilitator Training

Training for facilitators of the Recovery to Practice in-person training will be offered to those who complete the training as participants. 

The topics were identified by working peer support providers across the country during the analysis phase as areas where additional training was needed. Peer input and content expert reviews were included in all phases of the design, development, and delivery of the training.

To learn about RTP Next Steps Continuing Education for Peer Support Providers contact [email protected]