Peer Run Recovery Groups

Together Place offers a welcoming environment where people living with mental health and/or substance use disorders are empowered to make informed decisions about their own recovery. We offer Peer Run Recovery Groups focused on mental health recovery, substance use recovery, vocational skills, and creative recovery.

All groups are led by Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) who have their own lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges and are on their own chosen path of recovery. CIPSS build empowering connections with group members and offer first-hand experience and encouragement that long-term recovery is possible.

Join a Peer Run Recovery Group

Below is a list of currently offered peer recovery groups. To find out when they meet next scroll down to view our Peer Run Recovery Group calendar.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

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Created by Mary Copeland and other peers who have lived experience with mental illness, W.R.A.P. is a self-designed wellness program that promotes self-responsibility and personal advocacy. Each person will develop their own wellness tool kit and action plan. These plans are self-directed to prevent or decrease intrusive feelings and behaviors.

Moving Forward, Living Without Depression

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It is possible to live a life were depression does not interfere with us moving forward in life.  Topics are designed to enhance rather than replace your current treatment.  We will discuss what depression and extremet moods look like and learn simple effective coping skills.

Recovery FOR-U

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Come and explore ways to boost yourself-esteem to be able to meet life’s challenges head-on and realize you ARE worthy of happiness. Learn how to recognize your self-worth, self-stigma, etc. We will also explore what a healthy relationship is! Learn skills to help you set the needed boundaries that will get you equality, respect, and happiness in your relationships. Learn other valuable tips to help make your current and future relationships with friends, partners, siblings, parents, co-workers, etc., healthier.

Vocational Rehabilitation

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Together Place offers regular meetings with a vocational rehabilitation professional.

Pathways to Recovery

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Have you thought about recovery or already on a journey of recovery but feel you need to make some important changes?  This group can help you achieve your goals.  Self0help direction, self-motivation and self-effort that will get you were you want to go.  

 

Hearing Voices

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Got voices? Or extreme/altered states of mind? You are NOT alone! Although 1 in 10 people hear voices, many choose not to talk about them. The Hearing Voices Group is a place where people can meet to talk about their experience without fear of judgment. It offers mutual support and friendship, with the opportunity to explore your experiences and learn from others with similar stories.

Sexual Assault Recovery - Strategies & Coping Skills

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This education-based support group is facilitated by Rape Response Services, a sexual assault support center serving Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties. This group will focus on self-care, coping skills, and healthy interpersonal relationships. Participants are encouraged to engage in discussion, ask questions, and provide feedback for future group activities. 

Maine Can Work with Sue & Doug

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Maine Can Work is a unique and valuable discussion platform to assist individuals who are interested in returning to work. In this curriculum, you can start from wherever you are in the process of moving towards employment. There are many supports that can help you navigate through the maze of benefits. You owe it to yourself to find another part of recovery through exploring meaningful opportunities.

Smart Recovery

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Alternatives To Suicide

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Alternatives to Suicide is a peer-led nonclinical support group of people having or have had ideation or attempts and offers support and skills building in a safe non-judgmental atmosphere. Attendance is not documented. Come when you want as often as you want.

Creative & Vocational Recovery Groups

Together Place is has creative and vocational recovery groups – we hope you will join! 

Peer Run Recovery Group Calendar

For real-time scheduling announcements and updates, follow us on Facebook.

June 2021

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Alternatives to Suicide
  • Maine Can Work
  • Activity - Walk & Talk, Jewelry making, Painting, etc
2
  • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)
  • Recovery For U
  • Hearing Voices Group
  • Creative Writing FunShop
3
  • WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Moving Forward
  • Walk & Talk or Indoor Activities
4
  • What's Brewing?
  • Peer Support Group
  • Sexual Assault Recovery - Strategies & Coping Skills
5
6
7
  • Check in - Activities
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Smart Recovery
8
  • Alternatives to Suicide
  • Maine Can Work
  • Activity - Walk & Talk, Jewelry making, Painting, etc
9
  • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)
  • Recovery For U
  • Hearing Voices Group
  • Creative Writing FunShop
10
  • WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Moving Forward
  • Walk & Talk or Indoor Activities
11
  • What's Brewing?
  • Peer Support Group
  • Sexual Assault Recovery - Strategies & Coping Skills
12
13
14
  • Check in - Activities
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Smart Recovery
15
  • Alternatives to Suicide
  • Maine Can Work
  • Activity - Walk & Talk, Jewelry making, Painting, etc
16
  • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)
  • Recovery For U
  • Hearing Voices Group
  • Creative Writing FunShop
17
  • Peer Support
  • Moving Forward
  • Walk & Talk or Indoor Activities
18
  • What's Brewing?
  • Peer Support Group
  • Sexual Assault Recovery - Strategies & Coping Skills
19
20
21
  • Together Place & United Way Neighborhood Beautification Kick-off
22
  • Alternatives to Suicide
  • Maine Can Work
  • Activity - Walk & Talk, Jewelry making, Painting, etc
23
  • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)
  • Recovery For U
  • Hearing Voices Group
24
  • Peer Support
  • Moving Forward
  • Walk & Talk or Indoor Activities
25
  • What's Brewing?
  • Peer Support Group
  • Sexual Assault Recovery - Strategies & Coping Skills
26
27
28
  • Check in - Activities
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Smart Recovery
29
  • Alternatives to Suicide
  • Maine Can Work
  • Activity - Walk & Talk, Jewelry making, Painting, etc
30
  • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)
  • Recovery For U
  • Hearing Voices Group

Hours:
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:
2 Second Street in Bangor, Maine

To speak with one of our Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) or to get more information about the programs offered at Together Place, please call the Welcome Desk at 207-941-2897.

Have a Question? Get in Touch!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CIPSS?
CIPSS stands for Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist.

  • CIPSS are specially trained individuals who support others in the recovery process.
  • CIPSS are distinguished from traditional recovery coaches as the State of Maine requires they receive more extensive training and continuing education in both mental health and substance use.
  • CIPSS must be in long-term recovery from a mental health or substance use issue themselves.

Together Place employs the most CIPSS in Northern and Eastern Maine.

What is the cost to join?

There is no cost to become a Together Place member or join a peer recovery group. By design, Together Place does not require paperwork to join any group or session. To participate, someone need only walk through the door.

How do I join a recovery group?

1. Anyone seeking to address mental health or substance use disorder (or both) can take a look at our calendar and group descriptions, above.

2. Please then contact any of our Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) with questions. Their names and numbers are listed on our Facebook page, including our CIPSS Program Director, Jacquie Wilks: 207-941-2935 or 207-355-1894.

3. During the virus crisis we are holding groups online via zoom and in person you are welcome to contact our CIPSS as described above to join for our strict COVID-19 guidelines on in person meetings and groups. 

4. In addition to our website calendar, we also regularly post about group sessions on our Facebook page.

How do I refer someone?
There are a few ways to refer someone to Together Place: bring them to one of our groups, point them to our Facebook page or website, or ask that they call our Program Director, Jacquie Wilks, at 207-941-2935 or 207-355-1984.
What paperwork do I need to complete to become a member or join a group?

By design, Together Place does not require paperwork to join any group or session. To participate, someone need only walk through the door. All programs are free of charge.

What are the perks of being a Together Place member?
Members are offered lots of recreational activities such as pool, Wii bowling, chess, crafts, and more. We also have a very reasonably priced snack bar with coffee, soda, sandwiches, and hot breakfasts and lunches (EBT accepted!)
Do I need to be a certain age to join a group?

You must be 18 or older to join. If you are under 18, contact us and we can refer you to other programs in your area.

Do I need to be a Together Place member to join a group?

While we hope you will become a Together Place member, it is optional for people attending groups to become a member.

I am unsure if this is the right program for me - how can I learn more?

Give us a call or send us an email. One of our CIPSS would be happy to have a one-on-one conversation with you to determine if this is the right program for you. 

Phone: 207-941-2897

Email: jacquiemmhc@gmail.com

Are groups meeting in-person during COVID-19?

Together Place is open for in-person groups in alignment with CDC guidelines. If you are uncomfortable joining in person, we also offer groups online via zoom. You can access the zoom links through the calendar above. 

You are welcome to contact our Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) Program Director, Jacquie Wilks with any questions: jacquiemmhc@gmail.com or 207-941-2935 or 207-355-1894. 

Learn more about our COVID-19 response here. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.