Peer Recovery Support Series, Part 7: Storytelling for Recovery Professionals - Exploring Culture and Impact

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Thursday, August 31, 2023 @ 3:00-5:00pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT)

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As recovery professionals, sharing personal stories is a powerful way to develop engagement, connection, and relatability with people we support. But how do we learn to do this effectively? Often, story sharing is something done automatically and without clear intention, but it’s too powerful of a tool not to learn how to do it well. Are our stories effective? Are we causing unintended harm? In this training, we’ll explore how culture impacts our personal art of storytelling. We’ll discover how stories can be received versus the impact that can ultimately benefit the listener. We’ll discuss how personal and recovery values can inform personal story sharing. And with this newfound clarity, we’ll leave with a storytelling rubric to apply to our work using storytelling to support others.


Meghann Perry, CARC, RCPF, is a facilitator and educator in the fields of recovery coaching, storytelling, and theatre. She creates unique learning, growth, and education experiences for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery, and believes that everyone is a resource in their own healing and transformation. Perry recently integrated theatre practices into residential treatment services for adolescents for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and has worked extensively with young people and adults as a recovery coach, trainer, and theatre educator. She is the creator of the nationally-renowned Recovery Storytelling Workshop, which is being researched as an evidence-based recovery support by Northeastern University’s Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice. More at

Paul Alves, NCPRSS, CARC, is a Massachusetts state Certified Addictions Recovery Coach (CARC), as well as a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) through NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. His experience spans the continuum of care. Alves has guided individuals in prevention as a drinking driver Program Instructor, in treatment as a Substance Use Counselor in a co-occurring medication assisted treatment program, and in recovery maintenance as a Peer Recovery Coach. Alves is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder, food addiction, and mental health affliction. With a positive attitude and contemporary perspective, he believes that all individuals have the ability to recover.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to understand the role of culture in story and be able to identify at least five styles of storytelling.
  • Participants will be able to explore the potential harm of numerous story styles and identify at least six of their personal and recovery values that will inform their desired impact of storytelling in their role.
  • Participants will be able to describe how their stories can have greater impact and apply a simple story rubric to being a more effective storyteller in their role.
Content Level


  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.

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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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