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Fresh Start of Miami Dade Inc. 

Creating a Strong

Voice in

Mental Health Recovery!

Our focus is transforming the current system of care into a true consumer-driven system.


As guided by the evidence-based Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) model, our goal is to educate and empower consumers and advocates who want to provide leadership and promote recovery in their communities.


We serve adults with mental health and co-occuring issues including veterans, victims of trauma, and individuals involved with the court system.


With the support of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), WRAP® trainings began in 2006 in Miami-Dade County. The Fresh Start Consumer Network was established in 2006 and in 2009, the Fresh Start Statewide Consumer Network was developed with an award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 


WRAP® has been offered to consumers, families and behavioral health stakeholders in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier and Broward counties as well as in Orlando and Tampa. 

Other trainings have also been offered such as Leadership trainings and Peer Specialist trainings.  As a result of the Statewide Consumer Network grant awarded by SAMHSA, many lives have been impacted. 


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Trainings We Offer



These mental health recovery training are open to everyone: individuals in recovery,

peer specialists, Veterans, families, provider staff, executive director, etc.

  • Introduction to Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Seminar 1 Training - English Spanish and Creole  


CEUs are provided during this training.  Cost for CEU's: 15 for $15


Workshop Highlights

Participants will learn principles of recovery and understand how to shift out of a “chronic illness” mindset into a "wellness" mindset that supports recovery for all. *Anyone* can develop a personal WRAP for anything! WRAP is also an evidence-based practice. 


WRAP is a structured system that helps:

  • identify wellness tools and use them when needed on a daily basis or before/during crisis moments

  • assist participants in becoming accountable in their own decision-making and problem-solving situations

  • increase personal empowerment

  • improve a person’s own quality of life

  • support participants in achieving their own life goals and dreams



  • Introduction to WRAP Seminar 1 for Veterans



  • WRAP Facilitator Seminar 2 Training - English


Cost for CEUs: 25 CEUs for $25


Workshop Highlights

This training was developed by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland for those learning to facilitate mental health recovery skills.  The information presented can be used to lead small or large groups and to facilitate workshops and seminars. 


As Student Facilitators you will learn …

  • To build group consensus with a safety contract

  • The values and ethics of this “mutual learning model”

  • To give effective introductions that are inspiring, motivating and build trust

  • Presenting skills and facilitation skills

  • How to handle problem situations

  • The power and importance of recovery language




  • Leadership Training - English


Cost for CEUs : 6 CEUs for $10


Workshop Highlights

Participants will learn to promote recovery and advocacy within the public mental health system, run meetings that produce results, and forge partnerships with community leaders.


The Training includes the following topics:

  • Steps to Recovery

  • Meeting Management

  • Self-Advocacy

  • Serving on Boards & Committees

  • Legislative Advocacy




  • Peer Specialist Training - English and Spanish


Cost for CEUs: 20 CEUs for $25


Workshop Highlights

This training satisfies the Florida Certification Board Knowledge Areas required for all Peer Specialists who are or will apply to become a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) in Florida.  Although thistraining will not guarantee you certification (you must meet the Board’s criteria & apply directly with them), this training will enhance competency and skills required of Peer Specialists working in the Mental Health field.


The Training includes the following topics:


1.  Effective Advocacy & Leadership

2.  Identification and Treatment of Mental Health                     Disorders

3.  Hope, Recovery, Resiliency, and WRAP

4.  Legal Issues in Mental Health & Advance Directives

5.  Stigma & Discrimination Issues in Mental Health

6.  Ethics, Confidentiality, HIPPA, & Mandatory Abuse               Reporting

7.  Awareness and Understanding of Cultural & Linguistic         Issues

8.  Documentation & Interpersonal Communication

9.  Learning Styles & Teaching Methods

10.  Roles & Responsibilities of Peer Specialists

  • Mental Health First Aid


Cost for CEUs: 12 CEUs for $10


Workshop Highlights

The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy —  helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.  Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, provides trainees with:

  • Knowledge of the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury

  • A five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care 

  • an understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities

  • Working knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.




  • Finding Our Voice (FOV) Training


Workshop Highlights

FOV training is to assist in the development of a strong and diverse consumer advocacy Voice across Florida, to increase development of community-based, recovery-oriented services and support and enhance organizational sustainability.

  • Motivational Interviewing


Workshop Highlights

Motivational Interviewing (MI) was initially developed for working with substance abuse, yet has since been adapted to deal with many additional behaviors and conditions (e.g., smoking, weight loss, physical activity, risky sexual behavior, diabetes control, gambling, and medication compliance).  It works with a variety of individuals, yet works particularly well with those who may be ambivalent or coerced.  MI is combination of strategies and techniques from existing models of psychotherapy, with a specific art and attitude to implementation.  A primary goal of MI is to normalize feelings, validate and increase trust.  It works to meet clients where they are in terms of their specific situation and difficulties without judgement or coercion, and engage them in discussion in a way that increases openness to change.  MI maintains an empathetic and empowering tone. 


  • Helping Other Heal

40 Training Hours

Workshop Highlights

Helping Other's Heal: A Peer Support Training Manual.  This training and curriculum covers the Florida Certification Board's four content learning areas (mentoring, advocacy, recovery support, and professional responsibility) and applies to both mental health and substance use Peer Specialists.  The training is intended to enable individuals to master the job tasks necessary to effectively work as a Peer Specialist, whether working as an Adult, Family, or Veteran Peer Specialist.


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