A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) is a person who has made the journey from illness to wellness, and who now wishes to help others. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists can draw from their own journey of recovery to inspire hope and provide support to others who are facing similar situations. 

Callie Garbison completed 40 hours of training covering topics such as recovery, communication, values, ethics, motivation, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed care, and wellness. She is now providing peer recovery services for 75 hours under an approved supervisor through her work at Doors of Hope. This means leading peer support groups, teaching recovery education classes, or conducting one-on-one sessions with peers.

Callie spends 30 minutes a week with each of the 25 women in the program. Her training and new role has made the time together more personal because the women now see her as a peer that is there to help them meet their goals and find their own success.

In additional to having an advocate in Callie, the women in the program at Doors of Hope see a counselor, have a Life Coach, work with a social worker, participate in a 12-step program, and meet with a small group.

Maridel Williams, Doors of Hope founder and CEO, is thrilled that Callie has earned this distinction and is excited to see the difference it will make in the life of the women in their program. "Callie has a real heart for this work, and her own life experience coupled with this training will most certainly change the way our clients see us as an organization."