Taking Action Co-Facilitator Training

Michelle Lewis and Sharon Kuehn

Course Description: This course is 4-5 intensive days of workshops that will prepare participants to co-facilitate workshops based on SAMHSA's Taking Acton Program and acquire the skills, knowledge, and materials to co-facilitate groups in their community and organization. It is for people who have completed a Taking Action course. The Taking Action Co-Facilitator training provides an experiential learning environment based on mutuality, empowerment, connection, and self-determination. Participants in this course will be expected to participate in interactive learning activities and demonstrate their own experience with the Taking Action Program. 

This training is appropriate for anyone who would like to lead wellness and recovery groups, work with others to develop their steps to taking action for wellness and recovery, and give presentations on mental health wellness and recovery-related issues to groups or organizations.  Participants are expected to have a solid working knowledge of the Taking Action Program and share their experiential knowledge of how taking action for wellness and recovery has worked. 


"I work at the Life Reaching Across to Life Center in Fremont, California. It is a peer-run center where everyone there including me and the center director is a mental health peer.  I've been working there for about 12 years. Many of the people who come to our center are on disability due to their serious mental health problems. When I first started working there, a number of the people were going into the psychiatric hospital 3 or 4 or more times a year when they were having a mental health crisis.

About 2007 we started offering groups at our center.  It meets once a week talking about wellness tools, daily maintenance, triggers, early warning signs, and what to do when things get worse. Since we started, to the best of my recollection, there have been only 2 hospitalizations. You have helped people live richer lives, and have literally saved lives."

Barbara Meyers