Trainings & Classes

Ongoing Trainings

Our goal is to offer a variety of classes to our members that will support recovery, encourage consumer leadership, and offer opportunities to explore new skills and engage in community involvement. These classes are offered on a rotating schedule each month. They do not require an application and acceptance process, but some do require that you have some prior experience in providing peer support. Registration forms are available for download, or can be completed online. There is limited space in each class, so you will need to receive confirmation of registration prior to attending. All courses are subject to change. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the trainings offered through the Orchard program, contact Karen.

Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma

Course Description

One of the most prevalent challenges faced by those who have dedicated their lives to support others is burnout. Designed for those already working in positions where they support others’ on their worst days,  that his course will help you identify signs of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma before you’ve reached burnout. You will discover ways to stay well and increase resiliency in face of vicarious trauma. Current experience in providing peer support and a demonstrated commitment to your own wellness and recovery are prerequisites for registration.



Next class TBD

Facilitating Peer Led Support Groups

Course Description

Whether you are interested in facilitating a peer led support group at the Orchard or starting one of your own, this course will give you the skills and tools to do so! Some prior experience n providing peer support and a demonstrated commitment to your own wellness and recovery are prerequisites for registration.



Next class TBD

Leadership Development

Course Description

This course is designed to help you identify your strength and potential as a leader in the peer community. Throughout this course you will learn what it means to lead and get excited about your responsibility as a leader! Some experience in providing peer support and a demonstrated dedication to your own wellness and recovery are prerequisites to registering for this course.



Next class TBD

Peer Support 101

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the foundations of peer support. You will gain insight into the peer relationship and a solid understanding of the basics of this evidence based approach to wellness and recovery. No prior experience in providing peer support is necessary to register for this course.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a certification course. This course is introductory or refresher only and completion will not qualify you for the state exam. It WILL introduce you to this amazing field if you are just discovering Peer Support and it WILL be an excellent refresher course for anyone already practicing Peer Support.



Next class TBD

Conflict Resolution

Course Description

Conflict is an unavoidable aspect of relationship and community. We are all human, and we are all different. This will result in hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and conflict. These challenges pale, however, in light of the power that relationship and community have to provide purpose, healing, and peace. This course will help you learn how to navigate conflict in a way that strengthens relationship rather than damages it. It will address boundaries, healthy assertiveness, and techniques to communicate clearly when emotions are running high. No prior experience in providing peer support is necessary to register for this course.



Next class TBD

Trainings with Application & Acceptance Process

Several trainings and classes offered through the Orchard will require an application and acceptance process, including WRAP and Peer Support & Wellness Specialist trainings. These trainings are generally offered less frequently that the monthly courses and applications will be available as these class schedules are announced. For further questions or information contact Karen.


Course Description

Basic WRAP



Next class TBD

WRAP Seminar II

This course is 5 intensive days of workshops that prepares participants to facilitate WRAP® classes and equips them with the skills and materials to facilitate classes in their community and organization. It is for people who have completed a Seminar I WRAP course. The WRAP® Facilitator training provides an experiential learning environment based on mutuality and self-determination. Participants in this course will be expected to participate in interactive learning activities and demonstrate their own experience with WRAP.

This training is appropriate for anyone who would like to lead WRAP® groups, work with others to develop their own WRAP and give presentations on mental health recovery related issues to groups or organizations.  Participants are expected to have a solid working knowledge of WRAP and share their experiential knowledge of how WRAP can work.

Before attending the training, it is expected that you have familiarity with the different parts of WRAP through completion of one of the following prerequisites (which must be conducted by a WRAP Facilitator):

Additionally, participants should have developed and used their own WRAP or assisted and supported another person in developing and using their WRAP.


Next Class: D2W Regional Consumer Leadership Convergence

June 24th – 29th


Peer Support & Wellness Specialist

Course Description

Intentional Peer Support is a powerful framework for thinking about and creating transformative relationships. You will learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. IPS focuses on building relationships that are mutual, explorative, and conscious of power.

This 5-day Core Training is an introduction to this innovative framework and is designed to have you practicing right away. In a highly interactive environment, you will learn the tasks and principles of IPS, examine assumptions about who they are, and explore ways to create relationships in which power is negotiated, co-learning is possible, and support goes beyond traditional notions of “service.”  IPS is all about opening up new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing, and here we examine how to make this possible.

This course will prepare you to take the Nebraska State Peer Support & Wellness Specialist certification exam.


Next Class: Tentatively Fall 2018