Video Resources

This page contains video resources that may be used for training and inspiration.

Recovery to Practice
Next Steps
Continuing Education for 
Peer Support Providers

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 Four Part Video Series:
Implementing Peers in the Workplace

Module 1:
Peer Support and an Overview of the Recovery to Practice Training  

Module 2:

Description and Roles of the Peer Supporter

Module 3:

Integration of the Medical and Recovery Models Through Peer Support  

Module 4:

Issues that Help and Hinder Implementation 

Webinar – Broadcast on April 25, 2014


A Certified Peer Specialist’s Story
(Gina Calhoun-Heller and Scott Heller)


Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) Resources for Integrated Care: Resources for Plans and Providers for Medicare-Medicaid Integration


Leveraging The Lived Experience Of Peer Support Staff

Peer support staff are individuals in recovery from a mental illness and/or substance use disorder who with training, use their lived experience to assist others in recovery. One of the key steps to successfully integrate peer support staff into behavioral health organizations is determining how to leverage peers’ unique lived experience when defining their role in the organization. Effectively leveraging peer support staff’s lived experiences will ensure that they add value to the organization, complement the services currently being offered, and interface with the existing staff responsibilities. This video and corresponding fact sheet describes success stories of peer support staff and how organizations can use peer support staff to improve care delivery.


Leveraging The Lived Experience Of Peer Support Staff


Reducing Negative Attitudes Faced By Peer Support Staff

Peer support staff are individuals in recovery from a mental illness and/or substance use disorder who have leveraged their lived experience to assist others in recovery.  One challenge peer support staff may face on the job is a lack of acceptance and underlying stigma from their colleagues.  This video and accompanying tip sheet provides guidance for how to reduce these negative attitudes and effectively integrate peer support staff into your organization.


Eliminating Stigma Faced By Peer Support Staff

Philadelphia Testimonials

The following videos were recorded during the 6th Annual National Peer Specialist Conference in Philadelphia in 2012.





Kenya Howard, CPS

rita_on_youtubeRita Cronise, MS
– interviewed by Lori Ashcraft at the PRA Annual Conference 2014



A Multidisciplinary Practice
For more about Recovery to Practice, visit the Recovery to Practice main site:
For more about the International Association of Peer Supporters involvement, visit the Recovery to Practice for Peer Supporters section on this site.


Testimonials of Hope

Video Stories of Hope

The power to change. To overcome problems. To find a better way. To live a happier life. Recovery and resiliency are series of small steps. Each one is part of a journey and each should be appreciated.

To help community support organizations and peer support groups address the stigma of mental health that can hinder people from seeking needed treatment, we offer the (linked) video testimonials by real consumers sharing their experiences in treatment and how they have benefited from peer support. These heart-felt stories offer encouragement and hope, and demonstrate that people in recovery can and do live fulfilling lives.

By downloading these video files for use on your websites, you can give your participants the opportunity to listen to, and draw strength and comfort from, these real stories from individuals in recovery that inspire hope.

Note: Please select the WMV files if you wish to download and view the videos using Windows Media Player. Please select the FLV files if you intend to embed the videos on your organization’s website.

These video clips are meant ONLY for community consumer support organizations and peer support groups for educational and non-commercial use. Optum will not be held liable for any errors, damage, or other unexpected events resulting from the use of this site or content.

Singing in the Key of Hope: featuring Antonio Lambert


The odds were stacked against Antonio Lambert from the start. As a child in Portsmouth, Virginia, he was sexually and emotionally abused. Neglected by his family, he grew into a street-toughened gang member with a driving need for drugs.

By the time he was 17, Antonio had been shot nine times and sentenced to 22 years in prison, where a doctor diagnosed him with depression. After 16 years of incarceration, he emerged feeling lost, hopeless, and desperate to find drugs. He found them—but the high never lasted long enough.

Antonio Lambert is a Recovery to Practice trainer, keynote presenter, and motivational speaker. To view his New York Times story and video, visit:


DBSA Video Award winners can be found here:


Beyond Nuclear – Having a Bipolar Child (True Child Within)

Documentary Trailer

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