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Pathways FOR-U Project

Workshop participants with trainers Ridgway, McDonald, and Lewis.

Program for Recovery and Community Health faculty Priscilla Ridgway, PhD partnered with staff of the peer run organization Focus on Recovery United (FOR-U) in a DMHAS-sponsored project to train peer recovery educators across Connecticut.

The Pathways FOR-U Project included several steps:

  • FOR-U staff designed and delivered an 8 week peer led recovery education group on Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self Help Workbook (Ridgway, et al., 2002);
  • FOR-U and PRCH conducted a process evaluation including a focus group of group participants;
  • FOR-U and PRCH developed an expanded 12-week curriculum and handouts based on the workbook (Duda, Ridgway, McDonald, & Lewis, 2007), and created an 85 page manual detailing 8 important facilitation skills for peer recovery educators (Ridgway, Duda, McDonald, and Lewis, 2007); and,
  • Staff from PRCH and FOR-U, designed and delivered a 5-day statewide workshop to more than 20 peer recovery educators from DMHAS funded agencies in May, 2007.

For further information contact Priscilla Ridgway.