On May 29, 2020, RAMS hosted the graduation ceremony for 10 participants of its Peer Internship program. A 9-month program, the Peer Internship includes placements in the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program, the Peer Wellness Center, the Mental Health Association, Native American Health Center, and the Positive Resource Center. Interns serve as Mentors and Group Facilitators, supporting others through their wellness and recovery journey and gaining valuable experience in the mental health field.
This year, the 10 graduates of the Peer Internship represented the fifth cohort of the program. The event was held via Zoom, as was typical within current social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19. It was clear to every attendee that the staff care deeply for each individual intern. Peer Internship Clinical Coordinator, Lara Ezrin, had a few heartful words for every graduate like:
- “You added depth to all of our conversations.”
- “You really stepped up and stepped in your role as a teacher and you did it with a lot of grace. You led with a lot of vulnerability which led others to be vulnerable and this nourished our group.”
- “You bring such a gentle positive energy”
- “We’ve been doing a lot of good healthy laughing.”
The graduates, in turn, all shared similar sentiments about feeling deeply connected as a part of the RAMS family and how supported they felt by the staff and peers throughout the program. We’re excited to see what our graduates do next!
The Peer Internship Program will begin recruiting for its next cohort in July 2020 with application deadlines in early Fall (exact deadline TBA). For more information, please check out our Peer Internship page.