Forensic Peer Support
with Dawud Nubian

About the Episode

Date: May 18, 2021

Episode 9: Forensic Peer Support with Dawud Nubian


Forensic peer support is intended for people experiencing and recovering from trauma, mental health challenges, addiction, and incarceration. Forensic peer specialists utilize their own history of criminal justice system involvement and mental health/addiction/trauma recovery to deliver peer support services related to behavioral health and criminal justice system involvement. In addition to supporting recovery, forensic peer specialists can help their clients to reduce recidivism and help with re-entry into the community.

Mr. Dawud Nubian is a returning Citizen who has spent most of his life on drugs and in and out of jails and prison. He has over 20 years of recovery from Alcohol and drug addiction.

A native New Yorker from the Bronx his journey from New York to Virginia was a tumultuous one. Suffering from manic depression/bipolar disease as a young adult, drug use and criminal activity became his coping mechanisms and survival tactics of dealing with the world and himself.

Since his release from prison in 2013, he has held only 1 job. Helping others. Before his release Mr. Nubian planned/prepared himself mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically to become a successful, productive and innovative member of society.

He is the CEO of Project D.E.T.E.R Inc. (Delegation Established To Encourage Recovery) a non-profit agency committed to Recovery, Re-entry and Family Reconciliation. An advocate for improving re-entry efforts he attends resource fairs, advocates for criminal justice reform and is a state wide volunteer for the Department of Corrections. He has a passion for helping returning citizens remember, “Get Free before you Get Free”.

He developed a curriculum for Forensic Peer Support while incarcerated and submitted it for approval to the Virginia Certification Board which granted him 26 CEU’s and to NAADAC, both granted him an Educational Provider Status. To date he has trained over 100 Forensic Peers and 5 Trainers in the State.

His love and passion for his work has developed in him a selfless attitude. He enjoys returning to DOC facilities and speaking to men/women who are on their way out and those who have some time left by letting them know that “If I can do it, You can do it!

Since his release he has achieved:

  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) facilitator
  • Trauma Informed Care facilitator
  • Certified Forensic Peer Support Trainer,
  • and CPR/First Aid/AED Trainer.

He finds various resources for individuals who suffer & struggle with their mental wellness and/or substance use disorder who have been incarcerated.

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