Peer Ethics and Personal Disclosure

The Great Lakes MHTTC, in partnership with People Incorporated Training Institute, offers this training for behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI. This training is offered in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.




The tools of a Peer Specialist are meant to inspire clients (and coworkers!) and demonstrate that recovery is not only possible, but probable. Working with clients from the position of a peer and using the specialized tool of personal disclosure creates rapport and helps destigmatize mental health concerns by focusing on the client as a unique and valuable person. This form of human connection allows clients to feel safe and reach their potential, but it also fosters potential for boundary crossings and risk of ethical dilemma. With some proactive practices and self-awareness, the Professional Peer can minimize the risks of dual relationships and prevent the emotional burnout that often accompanies personal disclosure as a therapeutic tool.




  • Identify concepts that assist Peers in providing trauma-informed and person-centered care services
  • Review practices of proactively setting boundaries and attending to boundary crossings once they occur
  • Practice the skills of effective self-disclosure for the client’s benefit
  • Define a structured decision-making process for managing boundary crossings and ethical violations.
  • Assess the signs and effects of compassion fatigue on a Peer Specialist and how to prioritize self-care




  • Participants are eligible to receive 2 CEUs from the Minnesota Board of Social Work. 




Raymond Young

Raymond Young, CPS, BA has 15 years of experience training diverse groups of adult, youth, and adolescent learners prior to joining the Training Institute at People Incorporated Mental Health Services. He has trained mental health workers, police officers, transportation professionals, business partners, and clients. Ray received his certification as a Certified Peer Specialist from the Minnesota Department of Human Services in 2017 and has since worked with individuals with various mental health conditions and behavioral health concerns. He has also studied drug and alcohol counseling. Ray has a passion for working with youth in youth leadership programs and as a mentor in the community.

Starts: Feb 9, 2022 8:45 am
Ends: Feb 9, 2022 11:00 am
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
Hosted by
Contact Us for More Info
Copyright © 2024 Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network