Virtual Training for Peer Support Specialist

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


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...”
Learn More

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 role-plays with Jake, Harold, and Paloma, users will practice developing collaborative relationships
  • Show Respect
  • Show Empathy
Watch Video

Practice Developing a Commitment to Change with Jake Finney

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

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

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

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.