Jorea M. Kelley Hardison
In 2011, PARfessionals was established by 32-year-old Jorea M. Kelley-Hardison, a consumer peer with lived and professional experience while she completed an internship at MHMR of Tarrant County. After experiencing discriminatory and biased treatment both personally and professionally, she felt that a sincere effort needed to be made to reduce stigma and discrimination faced by peers and their families in the community and workplace.
Ms. Kelley-Hardison, along with assistance from medical doctors, clinicians and other behavioral health professionals across the globe participated in the development of PARfessionals and its unique, specialized Workforce Development Credentialing Program. It was 100% funded by several members of Ms. Kelley Hardison's family, The AR SJM Family, (formerly The SJM Group and The SJM Family Foundation). Connect with Jorea on (add LINKEDIN logo).
In 2008, she self-published the book “Getting Ahead: An Ex-Offenders Guide to Getting Ahead in Today’s Society”, where she encourages ex-offenders to participate in clinical research trials. She is also mentioned in Dr. Jon Marc Taylor’s book “Prisoners’ Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs in the United States and Canada, ” published by Prison Legal News in 2008.
Jorea Kelley-Hardison earned a B.S. degree in Management in 2009 and completed degree requirements in order to graduate with a M.A. in Criminal Justice from the American (Military) Public University System the following year. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology Services from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she has obtained certificates in mental health, home health assistant, nonprofit management, applied forensic psychology services, family and business mediation, substance abuse, as well as emergency management. In addition, she has received training throughout the years in various important topics such as rape/domestic violence crisis intervention, hospice, and health unit coordination from various organizations and colleges including Parkland Health & Hospital System, Lakewood College, Center for Degree Studies, Brookhaven College, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Thomas Edison State College, University of Texas at Arlington-Continuing Education Division, Richland College, and many more.
In 2009, Jorea Kelley-Hardison received her CCJP – A status from the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) and has been granted numerous credentials from the board, including the Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS), Peer Mentor/Peer Recovery Coach (PM-PRC) and the Associate Prevention Specialist (APS) credentials, but has since retired those credentials.
She is currently a Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician for the past 8 years and is a former Addictions Counselor Intern (CI) before she transition into becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC).
The PARfessionals's branded program is 100% funded by Ms. Kelley Hardison's family, The AR SJM Family, (formerly The SJM Group and The SJM Family Foundation). Connect with Jorea on
Her Personal and Professionals Achievements includes:
Founded PARfessionals private, independent vocational school which provides to be a vehicle for continued clinical educational training in best practices and standards, and is the only institution in the world to create job competencies/professionals standards for Peer Recovery Support professionals (to be credentialed globally and for a lifetime).
Approved training provider for many states (eg. Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, South Dakota, Illinois, California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Texas, Florida), national and international regulatory boards (eg. Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation) and professional associations (eg. Association for ADEC: Association for Death Education and Counseling, International Coaching Federation) for many years.
It also received a Career School exemption from the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and College division since 2012.
Advocated for and receive national professional malpractice and liability (employment related) insurance coverage for certified peer recovery support professionals in the United States through CPH & Associates, a national professional liability insurance provider for Nurses, Allied Health Care and Mental Health providers.
Created the concept with Anita Barnes, a law enforcement trainer, and sponsored Lunch Break courses (2014) which can be seen on mobile and online @ResearchGate, a professional network for scientists and researchers. Over 15 million members from all over the world use it to share, discover, and discuss research.
Created the opportunity for healthcare providers and students worldwide to earn continuing education credit from the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, the first international regulatory board for addiction specialists, expert clinicians and researchers.
Created the opportunity that allowed global students to be educated in Peer Recovery Behavioral Health studies using diversified methods of peer recovery support services flexible learning settings (self-paced distance learning, hybrid or classroom) in order to create a culturally competent and inclusive peer behavioral healthcare workforce.
Inclusion in the German National Library, a central archival library and national bibliographic centre for the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the leading partner in developing and maintaining bibliographic rules and standards in Germany and plays a significant role in the development of international library standards.
Inclusion in the National Peer Services Toolkit funded by Optum HMO Healthcare and ACMHMA: The College for Behavioral Health Service.
Developed and contributed two (2) college level preparatory guides (with the ARSJM Family, LLC) for the global healthcare workforce in 2016-2017. The guides were located in over 1200 stores and 240,000 digital libraries worldwide including schools, universities and public libraries for the past THREE YEARS.
Additionally, the guides are also commemorated through the Alene Delaney Simmons Mobile Library Garden and Pocket Park, Centennial, Texas, a registered member of The Little Free Library Book Sharing World Network which includes over 65,000 libraries in 80 countries.
The two (2) college preparatory guides were translated in Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Bengali, Hindi, Hebrew, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, French and Portugese.
Featured in the Directory of Consumer-Driven Services (CDS), a project of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse (affiliated with Temple University), that offers essential information on consumer-run programs across the country, and provides links to education, training and technical assistance resources throughout the nation.
Featured in the Florida Peer Specialist Certification Study Guide
Developed specialty educational apps, in partnership with others, which have been used as training resources in 164 countries and territories since 2016.
Initial Member of the Global Network for Peer Support of Peers for Progress, an international network of peer support researchers, experts, and advocates.
Peers for Progress is a program of the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Department of Family Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine.
Peers for Progress was founded in 2006 as a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in conjunction with the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Inclusion as a reputable International Recovery Coach Training Organization by Celebrity Recovery Coach/Executive Coach Melissa Killeen, MSOD, MPhil since 2013.
The first peer recovery support and coaching training provider to incorporate Addiction Science and Clinical Research subject matters in our (specialized, privately funded) curriculum since 2014.
Instrumental in becoming the first peer recovery support training program (with assistance from ICF Accredited Coach Gail Tucker Whipple) to receive Continuing Education approval by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), an international professional association that creates professional standards within the coaching profession, and provides independent certification board for professional coaches and coach training programs worldwide.
ICF is also known as the "the main accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches " worldwide with approximately 30,000 members in 140 countries.
Created the World's Largest Behavioral Health (Peer Addictions) Training Provider. It is the world’s first college level training and certification material on the field of Peer Recovery.
The program was developed with assistance from behavioral health clinicians, medical doctors, social workers, and peers from addiction recovery entities, governmental agencies, community recovery organizations, and schools, including Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Health to define peer recovery navigation as a profession.
Open to volunteers, interns and employees of behavioral health and addiction recovery entities, government agencies, humanitarians agencies, community recovery groups, other organization and employer types. No high school diploma or GED required. However, the recommended requirements for our course content is 16+ with "working" experience as a volunteer, intern or employee, dealing with special populations (eg. minorities, LGBT, veterans, disabilities, prisoners, ex-offenders, rural, women, children, low-income, etc.) in a behavioral health, medical, community, educational or criminal justice setting.
Globally recognized, competency-based lifetime credential grounded in evidence-based best practices with only 150 practicum hours required (pending).
Submitted the PARfessionals for college credit and credential evaluation through Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) by Charter Oak State College from 2015-2017, with a new review pending in 2019.
The Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) by Charter Oak State College reviews and provide college credit recommendations, along with record keeping for non-collegiate training programs.
Charter Oak State College (COSC), located in New Britian, Connecticut, USA, is a state institution conferring associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees and is accredited by the State of Connecticut and the New England Associations of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Inclusion in The Addiction Recovery Guide
Developed the latest Job Analysis for Behavioral Health Peer Providers in 2014.
Participated and sponsored the 7th Annual Conference of the International Association of Peer Supporters
Past speaker and marketing sponsor for OMICS International Scientific research conference and Exhibition
Global Healthcare Impact
Deloitte provides an annual look at the topics, trends, and issues impacting the global health care sector. According to its 2017 Global Healthcare Sector Outlook Infographic, "Peer support, self-management education, health coaching, and group activities, along with workforce training, and investments in the right technology" are " potential enablers of patient activation and engagement" and " key ingredients for productive health care operations".
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