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Trainings


The Kiva Center of the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community offers a range of trauma-informed training products and services. The below list of trainings are facilitated by experienced members of our peer-run community, and are a core part of our on-going mission to provide trauma-informed, public health resources and supports to our community of more than 100 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts, and beyond. Contact us today at (508) 751-9600 for more information about bringing a Kiva training to your organization or community!



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Trauma Informed Peer Support (T.I.P.S.)

Much is known about peer to peer support groups. This workshop takes peer support to the next level by helping peer support workers understand and become responsive to trauma and creating ways to conduct trauma informed peer support resulting in trauma-informed, resiliency based outcomes.


Kiva’s Family Recovery Series

Unit I – Peer Support for Families: The Fundamentals

The Kiva Center of the Central MA RLC and Zia Access Center are offering a new training for parents, families, caregivers, and professionals, which explores the role of peer support and lived experience in family recovery. This workshop is designed to support family partners in their existing role, and to enable a cross-section of families, caregivers, and professionals to emerge with new resources, choices, and an enhanced knowledge of how peer support and lived experience can benefit the whole family, as well as the person being supported.


Kiva’s Family Recovery Series

Unit II – Navigating Being Part of a Family While Struggling

In development, coming soon.


Kiva’s Family Recovery Series

Unit III – Family Members Wanting to be Supportive

In development, coming soon.


Peer Support Supervisor Training

Learn the difference between Peer Support and Peer Supervision, including how to be a change agent while as a Peer Supervisor, and how to develop more attributes to be an effective leader. Other topics include: interactive communication, empathy and compassion, flexibility and confidence, problem solving, and passion for Peer Support.


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WRAP Training

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. WRAP® is a wellness and recovery approach that helps people to: 1) decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors; 2) increase personal empowerment; 3) improve quality of life; and 4) achieve their own life goals and dreams. Working with a WRAP® can help individuals to monitor uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviors and, through planned responses, reduce, modify, or eliminate those feelings. A WRAP® also includes plans for responses from others when an individual cannot make decisions, take care of him/herself, and/or keep him/herself safe.


Parenting Journey

Description coming soon.


Survivor Counter Narratives

The Survivor Counter Narratives is a training on how we as survivors can share our stories as a means of creating systemic change. This training is a counter response to the traditional “recovery story” when people share their stories it can be a great opportunity to be vulnerable and move through the shame labelled on social groups and movements. However, this training is designed with the understanding that sharing our stories shouldn’t be used as a tool to work against survivors or as means of monetizing an org but rather as an opportunity to create policy change.


Zia Young Adult Access Center LogoDo No Harm

Learn about proper use of pronouns, cultural and gender topics.  Additional description coming soon.


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Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)

This is a rigorous training for people preparing for a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) role in the community or service system. CPS is not an entry-level position and the training is designed for people who have some knowledge and experience with peer support. This 10 day training is a Master’s Degree level course and provides the recipient with a statewide recognized certification.


Intentional Peer Support (IPS)

IPS provides a powerful framework for creating relationships where both people learn and grow together. Learn how to be intentional about the way you connect and build mutual relationships; explore ways to create relationships in which power is negotiated, co-learning is possible, and support goes beyond traditional notions of “service”; this training is recognized worldwide.


Evaluation for Strategic Planning and Organizational Learning

This training is part of SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), dedicated to promoting wide-scale adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services and systems for people in recovery from serious mental illness and substance/opioid use disorders.


Our “Trainings” web page is currently under construction. Please check back soon as we finish implementation during the month of July 2019!



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