Title: Curriculum and Training Development
What are your primary duties? I write and conduct training specific to peer work but also relevant to other professionals in the addiction and recovery field, including writing the 46 hour curriculum for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) training recognized by the Addiction Professionals Certification of New Jersey as satisfying the training requirement for NJ state certification of CPRS.
Where did you go to school and what did you study? Loyola University Baltimore, BA in Philosophy; Colorado State University, MA in Philosophy; Georgian Court University, LCADC Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
How many years have you worked in the field? 10 years.
Why do you work in the field? I have professional and personal reasons, which overlap. The classroom is home to me, and one of the joys of my life is seeing the lights go on in people’s eyes and watching their minds become open to the multiple pathways of recovery perspective we believe in and work so hard to advocate for at CARES. I am also grateful I get to research, write and train toward the cause of recovery, which has changed my own life in ways I could never have dreamed possible.