Older Adult Peer Support
with Bently Wood

About the Episode

Date: July 12, 2023

Episode 25: Older Adult Peer Support with Bently Wood


Our brand new episode with Bently Wood is one you don’t want to miss! We discuss his work as a Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist as well as a Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist Faciliator for Certification. He illuminates the challenges and triumphs of working with Older Adult Peers and highlights the joy of his work with this important demographic of often over-looked peers inviting others to consider being apart of this unique type of peer support.ation.
Bently Wood is a Lead Regional Peer Recovery Specialist Coordinator with Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, supporting and developing the peer workforce in Virginia’s DBHDS Region 4. He has lectured on substance use and mental health challenges, stigma, recovery language, and peer support. He is a trainer for peer recovery specialists in Ethics, Leadership, Certified Personal Medicine, emotional CPR, Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery (APPR), Supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, and the 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist training curriculum required to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in Virginia. Drawing on his personal journey from substance use and mental health challenges into recovery, he works as an advocate for social justice in behavioral health, the LGBT community, while serving as the President of Vocal Virginia.
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