Medford, Oregon — Since 2012, the Roc Recovery Center has conducted peer support groups for people of other backgrounds. At the end of the training, participants will become certified piercing specialists and be able to guide people through their recovery process.
Daylene Padilla is currently a trainee in PSS State Accredited Training. Padilla said this is important to her.
“I’ve been through a juvenile training school and I think I can really touch some children, so that’s what I’m aiming for in this training,” Padiya said.
Training tends to have only about 10-12 people in the classroom. Douglas Gould is the Executive Director and Instructor of the ROC Recovery Center. Gould said the reason behind this training is to create relativity with people who struggle with addiction.
“Teaching them how to interview and how to support them gives them the skills and talent to mentor someone along the road to recovery as a peer supporter,” Gould said.
Many of the people in the class also struggle with addiction. Gould had a history of alcoholism, and Padilla struggled with methamphetamine and car theft.
Jeffrey Todd is a former trainee who took the Academy in April 2023. Todd said he spent the last 16 years of his life battling addictions such as methamphetamine.
“At first I couldn’t believe it, or rather, for the first time in my life, I thought I would be a peer supporter,” Todd said. “He has four people in my caseload who do peer mentoring, and you know, it’s been a great experience.”
Over the course of four days of training, participants will receive a workbook that is 40 hours of training. Padilla, who is now on her second day of training, wants to become a pierce specialist who is “caring, empathetic, caring, empathetic, and trustworthy.”
A four-day course costs $400. For those interested in the Academy, visit his website at Roc Recovery Center.
Mariah Hill is a news producer and reporter for NewsWatch 12. Mariah can be reached at email@example.com.