Award Winning Peer Support Program (2022)

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San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office (San Bernardino, CA)

Population: 2,123,000 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 220 | Contact Information

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office (SBDA) has developed an award winning peer support program which provides professional supportive services to employees who are facing issues as result of secondary trauma and stress as a result of personal or professional challenges.  The program is staffed by employees who undergo peer support training that teaches communication skills for people in crisis, understanding available resources, and  laws regulating the confidentiality of peer support conversations.

The program offers a variety of events, educational opportunities, and professional services of licensed therapists.  It has provided a source of support and healing for the cumulative trauma that can be experienced by prosecution agency employees.  Due to the SBDA Peer Support Team’s outstanding efforts, it has been recognized by the National Association of Counties as a model in peer support training and programming.