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About This Micro-Credential

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For students who have lived experiences with Substance Use Disorder and are interested in providing paraprofessional support to their peers in their journey to recovery. This micro-credential enhances community-based experiential learning and creates a career ladder for students preparing to become Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialists.

Please note: Certification as an Adult Peer Support Specialist is not conferred through the micro-credential program. For questions regarding certification, please contact Dr. Valerie Hardcastle (

Learn How to Apply

Skills You Will Gain

Peer Support

Drug Substance Use and Abuse

Behavior Change Interventions

Health and Wellness

Drug Rehabilitation and Therapy

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the health-wellness continuum and the influences (genetics, environment, and choices) that impact an individual’s placement on the continuum. 
  • Identify ways in which promoting overall health and well-being supports the recovery process.
  • Describe the progression of a substance use disorder from experimentation, tolerance, dependence and addiction.
  • Identify components of evidence-based treatment.
  • Explain person-centered care as a treatment approach.
  • Define motivational interviewing and its role in the stages of behavior change.
  • Explain trauma and its impact on recovery.
  • Identify key aspects of professional behavior (ethics, boundary setting, cultural competence).
  • Demonstrate skills to facilitate interventions related to client goals.
  • Develop and sustain professional behaviors that are congruent with the values and ethics of the profession.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of diversity cultural issues as they pertain to providing culturally sensitive services.
  • Practice confidentiality of client information.
  • Clarify personal and professional values.
  • Implement the steps outlined in their Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
  • Practice helping skills working with individuals and groups in a structured and supervised setting in a human services agency.
  • Conduct effective motivational interview with clients.
  • Implement critical time intervention techniques.
  • Work with clients to develop their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
  • Demonstrate awareness of one’s own values, strengths, limitations, interpersonal style and reaction patterns.

Required Courses

  • HSR 102: Foundations for Recovery Support
  • HSR 103: Motivational Interviewing Skills
  • HSR 104: Practicum in Recovery Support


Jennifer Bachner, PhD
Dr. Valerie Hardcastle
Adult Peer Support Specialist, First semester offered: Spring 2021


Northern Kentucky University
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