Peer Workforce Development


DCHA values the peer recovery coaches that help support our efforts in the fight against opioid addiction. The purpose of this page is to support the workforce development of Peer Recovery Coaches in the District by providing online trainings, webinars, and resources at no-cost. Many of the resources were recommended by the DC Department of Behavioral Health and include content from our partners across the District.  New content will be added every month. For questions, email Eden Cunningham or Julie Gonzalez.


Tips for Taking Care of Emotional Health and Coping with Stress

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during uncertain times. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided tips that can help individuals cope with a disaster and manage stress including:

  • Taking care of your body by eating healthy well-balanced meals, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep.
  • Sharing your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members.
  • Taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media since hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Seeking help when needed, especially if distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks.

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Wellness Routines for Uncertain Times

Key Objectives  |  Length: 60 Minutes

  • Learn the impact of goal setting and routines on wellbeing

  • Explore a model for achieving and sustaining wellness goals

  • Explore the importance of self-compassion in times of crisis and uncertainty

Note: We are sharing this resource with you because the information discussed is applicable for all peer coaches, no matter whether your work is focused on mental health, substance use, or both.  We hope the tools in this webinar are helpful for you and give you some skills on how to better take care of yourself as you continue to help others in their recovery.


Tips for Coping with Grief After Community Violence

Grief is a natural response to an incident of community violence. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provided tips that can help individuals cope with grief, including:

  • Talking to others who understand and respect how you feel, and people you trust
  • Recognize that although you might still have these feelings over a long period, they will likely be less and less intense over time
  • Make sure to exercise and eat healthy meals
  • Do the things that you used to enjoy doing, even if you don’t always feel like it
  • Get back into your routines
  • Allow yourself to feel joy at times and to cry when you need to

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Mitigating Bias to Address Health Disparities Heightened by COVID-19

Key Objectives  |  Length: 60 Minutes

  • Note the importance of developing a structural framework to establish a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy to address disparities.

  • Consider how bias impacts the way we make decisions which leads to disparities.

  • Review how COVID-19 has exacerbated existing disparities in marginalized groups.

  • Emphasize the importance of utilizing reliable patient data (race/ethnicity, language, sexual orientation/gender identity) to measure outcomes and establish interventions.

  • Discuss strategic actions as a DEI COVID-19 response to address current barriers and identifying opportunities with internal and external partners.