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Mental Health Service Users As Peer Providers In Hawai‘i: Understanding Recovery Paths And Perspectives

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Title:Mental Health Service Users As Peer Providers In Hawai‘i: Understanding Recovery Paths And Perspectives
Authors:Rocchio, Christopher
Contributors:Social Welfare (department)
Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experiences of Hawaii’s mental health
service users in becoming certified peer providers. Qualitative methods were used to understand
the perspectives of eight (8) mental health service users trained and credentialed through the
Hawaii Certified Peer Specialist (HCPS) program. Data were analyzed at two levels. At the first
level, an inductive approach using grounded theory identified four themes across participants: (1)
prior to training and certification, the prospect of participation instilled hope of moving forward
in their own recovery and helping others with similar lived experiences; (2) subsequent to
training and certification, the lack of follow-up support services and few employment
opportunities resulted in feelings of frustration and hopelessness; (3) ongoing systemic stigma
and discrimination maintain barriers to integration; and (4) completion of the program increased
their confidence, decreased their feelings of isolation, increased their empathy towards others
with mental illness, and broadened their perspectives and worldviews. At the second level,
themes from the first-level analysis were examined through the lens of Critical Disability Theory.
Together, the first and second-level analysis provide unique insights into potential motivation
factors for Hawaii’s mental health service users applying to the HCPS program. Findings also
highlight organizational barriers that hinder the integration of peer providers as employees in
traditional mental health service settings. Implications for policy, social work practice, and future
research are discussed.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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