Virtual Role-Player Training
for Peer Support Specialist


Peer Support Specialist Are Emerging as an Important
Members of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Teams



This Training Was Designed for Classroom Training and Self Study




Practice & Build Real Skills with Virtual Role-Players,
Avoiding Mistakes with Real Clients

Each virtual role-play will add new skills
Simmersion Peer support specialist

During the role-plays users will practice

  • Building collaborative relationships
  • Developing commitments to change
  • Maintaining boundaries
  • Providing ongoing support
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Practice Developing a Commitment to Change with Jake Finney
Jake

Learn best practices for helping people find their own reasons (i.e., motivations) to change. Practice with Jake Finney.

Users will learn to:

  • Focus on change by exploring wants and needs
  • Use reflective language to demonstrate understanding
  • Use summary statements to help Jake see benefits


Practice Maintaining Boundaries with Harold Melton
Jake

Learn best practices for building rapport while maintaining proper boundaries. Practice with Harold Melton.

Users will learn to:

  • Explore needs
  • Say no and explain why
  • Brainstorm alternative supports
  • Bonus training (not in simulation) learn why boundaries


Practice Ongoing Support with Paloma Alvarado
Jake

Learn best practices for supporting continued change when clients have experienced recent setbacks. Practice with Paloma Alvarado.

Users will learn to:

  • Focus on recovery strategies that work
  • Review Medication Assisted Recovery options
  • Practice protocols for phone meeting (vs. in-person meetings





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SIMmersion's PeopleSim® Technology



During a conversation with one of the role-players, user’s select from a rich set of prompts. Each selected prompt typically has 5 to 15 available responses. The PeopleSim software calculates probabilities for each response and uses them to randomly choose one response. The calculations are based on one of the randomly selected role-player's personalities and the relationship the user has developed with the role-player. The relationship between the user and the role-player will evolve in a way that depends on what the user says. Click here to read more about SIMmersion’s PeopleSim Technology. Click here to watch a video about SIMmersion’s PeopleSim Technology.

Testimonials

Simmersion testimonials

"Because of peer support I am alive!”

Simmersion testimonials

"When I saw that other people recovered, it gave me hope that I could too.”

“Peer support has been excellent. Helping me along the way, being there whenever you need people to talk to.”

Simmersion testimonials

“Because of peer support, I can stand on my own today.”

Simmersion testimonials

“Peer support helped me see that I was not hopeless. It gave me my voice back and bolstered my self-worth.”

Simmersion testimonials

“Peer support has been there for me no matter what, and now I am able to help others...”
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Developed by SIMmersion with support from the NJ Human Services and Peer Recovery Support by the New Jersey Prevention Network

Funding for the development of this program was made possible by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response Grants Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No. 93.788. Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. H79TI083317 from SAMHSA, NJ DHS and DMHAS.