About the Episode
Date: April 24, 2020
Episode 1: Trauma-Informed Peer Support with Cheryl DeHaven
Trauma-informed peer support allows us the opportunity to build the peer relationship in a way that keeps both the individual and the peer recovery specialist (PRS) who is offering support safe. This also allows PRS to set boundaries, so that we can stay in our lane as peer recovery specialists and not drift into dialogue that needs clinical support versus the non-clinical support that peer recovery specialists are trained to provide.
Cheryl DeHaven is a person in long term recovery who has 34 years of experience in the behavioral health field. First, as a person utilizing behavioral health services throughout her adult life, secondly, as a professional leader in the development of peer support and recovery services within local, state and national organizations. Her professional journey took off in 2003, when she became a national trainer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ signature program “In Our Own Voice.” In 2007, she graduated from Old Dominion University, BS in Human Services Counseling. In 2016, she became a Virginia Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and most recently, a DBHDS Peer Recovery Specialist trainer. Currently, Cheryl is completing her certification as a professional life and leadership coach through the International Coaching Federation, she is working as an independent contractor with Integration Solutions and serving as the Mental Health America of Virginia Warm Line Manager.