The WHAM Training
The WHAM training is a 2-day, in-person peer support training that guides participants through a person-centered planning process to set a whole health and resiliency goal. There are two major components to the WHAM, 10-session training. The first component follows the Participant Guide and uses a person-centered planning process in 10 health and resiliency factors to help you create a concise whole health goal to begin the self-management process. The whole health goal can also be added to a treatment plan. The guide provides learning skills to enhance self-management, including 8 weeks of WHAM peer support groups and a weekly action plan to create new health habits.
The WHAM training also focuses on mind-body resiliency to promote self-management skills. The 10 health and resiliency factors included in the training are recommended by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, renowned for decades of research on promoting resiliency through stress reduction using the Relaxation Response.
The primary goal of this training is to teach skills to better self-manage chronic physical health conditions, and mental illnesses and addictions- known as "behavioral health"- to achieve whole health.
Who may attend the training?
The training is designed for peer specialists who agree to:
• Create and work toward a whole health and resiliency goal
• Provide peer support to reach his/her whole health and resiliency goal
• Facilitate or participate in an 8-week whole health and resiliency peer group
What is included in the training?
The training is designed to the support the emerging peer workforce to move into new health integration service models like health homes.
The program also provides:
- Training Participant Guides on flash drive
- Weekly Action Plan Pocket Guides on flash drive
- Training posters
- Training handouts
- National listserv to foster an online peer support network and share tips and tools for success