CANCELED: Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Ethical Concerns for the Peer Support Professional

Recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC) acknowledge and support the strengths of individuals to empower them within the treatment system. As we move away from the historical hierarchical model of care in which providers determine the best treatment approach with a pronounced absence of input from clients, we now confront distinctions and issues surrounding peer driven services arising from treatment approaches that have a very different perspective and are oriented towards strategies and tools that may not be in keeping with the peer role. Recovery-oriented practices emphasize shared decision-making, respect for client driven goals, and the recognition of the full humanity of all persons in our care. When we truly meet clients where they are, we move away from seeing them as compliant or resistant and see them as individuals who have valid input into the development of their own recovery pathway. There are ethical implications when we do not provide proper training, support and role delineation for peers to follow and when we do not practice in a way that protects the client. We will discuss clear guidelines for documentation and reporting concerns involving transparency, appropriate supervision, and common boundary issues relevant to maintaining the high ethical standards. This training will review, discuss and breakdown various ethics code rules, and roles between peers and clinical staff. We will also explore ways to improve ethical decision making when faced with common ethical dilemmas.


1. Participants will gain an increased familiarity with the PCB ethics code(s).

2. Participants will develop a better understanding of the peer relationship and how its unique characteristics can lead to boundary issues

3. Participants will be able to identify five common ethical pitfalls.

4. Participants will develop practical strategies to use when dealing with ethical dilemmas

Download Directions: 
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Harrisburg (DDAP Office)
Martha Thompson, PsyD, CAADC
PCB Hours Approved: 
6 hrs
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