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.