Trauma and Mental Health Peer Support

Trauma and Mental Health Peer Support

Category: Peer Support, Trainings, Webinars

Posted on May 15th, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 

2PM ET/ 1PM CT/ 12PM MT/ 11AM PT

Trauma and Mental Health Peer Support 

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Trauma is a factor in many people’s lives and can lead to challenges that encompass all facets of living. This presentation will describe basic information about the characteristics and prevalence of trauma – relevant to the work of mental health peer specialists. Risk factors and protective factors will be reviewed so that peer supporters are better grounded in providing trauma-informed care in supporting recovery and resilience. The presentation will review the importance of language and perspective in working with someone who has or is experiencing trauma. It will also highlight how mental health peer specialists can benefit by shifting the focus to emotional understanding and strengths-based interactions that support successful recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • List at least 3 possible ways trauma may affect people seeking peer support
  • Explain the importance of strengths-based language and the use of empathy as a communication tool
  • State at least 4 tools for mental health peer support specialists to apply in relationships with people who have experienced trauma


Tommy Newcombe is the Executive Director of The Connection Project, a peer-run organization in Norfolk, Nebraska.  He is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and an instructor of Intentional Peer Support.  Mr. Newcombe is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is currently studying for his Master of Public Administration degree.

Tera Newcombe is a Certified Peer Support Specialist at the Women’s Empowering Life Line in Norfolk, Nebraska.  Mrs. Newcombe sits on the Board of Directors for The Connection Project.  She has a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and is working towards a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.

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