NYC Well being + Hospitals Celebrates Its Peer Academy’s First 12 months

NYC Well being + Hospitals Celebrates Its Peer Academy’s First 12 months

NYC Well being + Hospitals Celebrates Its Peer Academy’s First 12 months

The Peer Academy trains peer counselors, who use their lived expertise with substance use or psychological well being circumstances to interact sufferers

NYC Well being + Hospitals has the most important hospital-based peer workforce within the metropolis

Dec 15, 2022

NYC Well being + Hospitals as we speak introduced a profitable first yr of its Peer Academy, a coaching program for individuals who have lived expertise with psychological well being or substance use circumstances to develop into peer counselors. Within the firstclass this spring, college students ranged in age from their 20s to their 60s, with a median age of 43. Twelve of the 18 graduates within the firstclass have been employed as peer counselors at NYC Well being + Hospitals. Twenty extra college students graduate from this system as we speak. NYC Well being + Hospitals presently has 83 friends on employees throughout the system, the most important hospital-based peer workforce within the metropolis. Along with the classroom hours required for State certification, this system features a 2-month, full-time hospital-based internship with rotations within the inpatient psychological well being unit, emergency division, and road outreach groups. Peer Academy employees work with interns to assist them discover employment for as much as six months after commencement.

“Friends have a unprecedented capability to attach with sufferers and assist them pursue remedy,” stated Charles Barron, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Workplace of Behavioral Well being, NYC Well being + Hospitals. “That’s important in a hospital, the place we serve sufferers with the best wants for psychological well being and substance use care. NYC Well being + Hospitals is proud to take a position on this crucial workforce to ship compassionate and efficient look after our sufferers.”

“The Peer Academy gave me this unimaginable alternative to encourage and help others who’re affected by dependancy, so that they don’t must undergo it alone,” stated Jack Chudasama, a pupil within the first cohort of the Peer Academy who’s now a Peer Counselor at NYC Well being + Hospitals/Elmhurst. “For 30 years, I battled dependancy, so being a peer counselor is nice for my very own restoration, too. It grounds me and provides me a robust sense of function.”

“For years, I noticed a psychiatrist and a therapist, however after I began working with a peer counselor and going to a peer help group, I had a breakthrough,” stated Brian Pelzer, who receives companies at NYC Well being + Hospitals/Woodhull. “You’re with different individuals who have comparable issues, and also you understand there’s nothing to be ashamed of. I reconnected with my household, and I realized strategies that assist me in my daily life. Now I’m going to my peer group each week, and it’s part of my restoration.”

The Peer Academy consists of the hours wanted for the State certifications to develop into a Licensed Peer Specialist for psychological well being and a Licensed Restoration Peer Advocate for substance use. It consists of over 20 hours of on-line workshops, 177 hours of classroom coaching, and 126 hours at a hospital-based internship.

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