In addition to providing one-on-one coaching, State Peer Wellness Coaches also support clients as they work toward their health goals by offering peer workshops that cover a wide range of health-related areas. Our work is based on that of Dr. Peggy Swarbrick, an internationally recognized pioneer in peer-driven wellness and recovery approaches who is best known for her creation of the8 Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial, Environmental, Occupational, Social, and Intellectual.
State Peer Wellness Coaches offer six programs in a wide variety of settings, including individual outpatient therapy and inpatient programs at behavioral health centers and agencies, mental health crisis units and centers; peer support centers; group homes, and other settings for people living with mental health and or co-occurring disorders. These workshops are evidence-based and backed by research demonstrating proven success among a wide range of demographic areas.
The highly esteemed Stanford University Medical Research Center (SMRC) developed three of the workshops peer wellness coaches lead –Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM), Diabetes Self-Management (DSM), and Chronic Pain Self-Management (CPSM).Each workshop meets two hours once a week for 6 weeks, and clients learn skills uniquely designed for each program, as well as skills that are common to all three. The common skills are: