Georgia Peer Support Institute

Recently, three peer members and assistant program director Richard Hanken attended the Georgia Peer Support Institute (GPSI) at St. Simons Island. And received certificates of completion for their participation.   The three-day institute provided an immersion program for individuals working in peer support.  Participants were taught mental illness recovery principles, characteristics of peer-run programs, and a variety of recovery skills.

Perry Wellness Center has participated in this impressive training institute previously.  Last fall, nine peer members attended GPSI. Each spring and fall, a total of 35 mental health consumers throughout Georgia are selected to participate in the institute.  After completing the training, each participant is expected to plan and implement a project in his or her own community.

This fall’s PWC participates at GPSI are, left to right:  Malcolm Johnson, Daryl Carter, Richard Hanken, and Tamika Brown.

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