Resilience is more than managing stress and challenges. It is the ability to learn from those experiences, bounce back, and build new skills through those difficulties. Through Resilience Coaching, clients receive services from a Resilience Coach that has Peer Support Certification.

What is Resilience Coaching?

A Resilience Coach supports clients in exploring their existing resilience skills, teaches them new skills, and uses the client’s personal qualities to build their resilience.  In choosing a Resilience Coach from Aspire, you benefit from having a coach who also is an NC-certified Peer Support Specialist.  Peer Support Certification complements coaching services and provides a more robust experience for clients.

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support Specialists (Peers) are people who have successfully addressed challenges similar to those faced by many of us, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or substance abuse. Peers complement but do not duplicate or replace, the role of therapists. Often working in tandem with a therapist, Peers work with you from the perspective of having been there and lend unique insight into what makes healing possible.

Peers focus on what you can do for yourself and with others in your life, with activities including skill building, goal setting, and problem-solving, all leading to a sense of empowerment. Peers are partners or consultants to you. Peers do not dictate the types of services provided or the treatment plans that guide their work. Participation in peer support services is always contingent on your choice.

Peer support encompasses a range of activities, including:

  • implementing and developing a self-care plan
  • looking for jobs
  • helping with daily organization
  • figuring out how to join a new group
  • practicing social interactions
  • finding and starting a new hobby
  • shopping for healthy food
  • connecting to therapy groups

All Peers must go through the North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Program, which provides training that ensures each Peer has met a set of requirements necessary to support individuals struggling with mental health or substance use issues. Studies demonstrate that participation in peer support services and support groups has been effective in reducing the need for long-term treatment and reducing the severity of symptoms.

Click here to learn more about the NC Peer Support Specialist Certification Program.