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The Rhode Island Peer Recovery Specialist Certification Guide: A Study Guide for the Certification Exam 

This is a 45-page free manual developed to serve as a study guide for those preparing for their IC&RC Peer Recovery Examination. It was funded by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH)and developed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., in consultation with BHDDH, subject matter experts in the behavioral health field, and input from peer recovery specialists who have taken the certification exam, or are working in recovery settings. The content of the guide is based on the knowledge, skills and job tasks derived from the 2013 Peer Recovery Job Analysis conducted by IC&RC.

The first half of the Guide summarizes key concepts and strategies so that users can review content areas essential to peer recovery support practice, including:

    • Guiding principles and aspects of recovery
    • Roles and core values of peer recovery specialists
    • Relationship building and communication skills
    • Cultural competence in recovery support
    • Boundaries and ethical issues in peer recovery support
    • Trauma-informed approaches
    • Recovery and wellness planning

The guide also contains study tips and test-taking strategies. It includes 20 practice questions similar in format and level of difficulty to those on the exam, along with an answer key and explanations of the correct responses. A glossary and list of references to consult for more in-depth review of important topics are also provided.

While the guide was specifically developed for use by those seeking certification in Rhode Island, the Peer Recovery Examination is an international examination making this guide applicable to anyone preparing for IC&RC's Peer Recovery Exam.

Click Here to download The Rhode Island Peer Recovery Specialist Certification Guide: A Study Guide for the Certification Exam.



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