Jorea M. Kelley Hardison

Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician/Social Impact Artist

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Jorea M. Kelley Hardison

Founder/Clinical Director

About Me

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).

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).

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Her Personal and Professional 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, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., The International Employee Assistance Professionals Association, 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 private contract assistance of Anita Barnes, MA-PSY, MAMFT (candidate), a Law Enforcement and Domestic Violence Trainer, and sponsored the Lunch Break Series courses (2014). The PARfessionals' brand courses 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 AR SJM Family, LLC and privately paid contract assistance of Trudi A. Griffin, MS, LPC, NCC) 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.

    Under the direction of PARfessionals' Founder Jorea M. Kelley, the garden and library pocket park is also a registered garden with The "Urban Farming 100 Million Families and Friends Global Campaign™" in early 2017.

    The global campaign empowers people who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off, malnourished, have unhealthy diets, suffer from hunger or food insecurity. It is supported by Atlantic Records, Coca Cola, Farm Credit, , Home Depot, rapper Snoop Dogg, rapper T.I., artist Prince, actress KeKe Palmer, Latina artist Taja Sevelle, comedian Richard Lewis, country star(s) Zac Brown Band, singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist and political fundraiser Denise Rich, former NFL star Chris Draft and Family Foundation, Country Music singer-songwriter Uncle Kracker, American singer and daughter of singer Tony Bennett and actress Sandra Grant, and many more.

    The Urban Farming™ mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.

    Another critical component of their mission is the Urban Farming Coexistence Model™ which raises awareness about the following areas of coexistence: Business Growth, Job Creation, Urban Redevelopment, Urban Agriculture, Health and Wellness, and Global Investment.

  • 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, MTP, PCC) 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.

  • Creator of the World's Largest Behavioral Health (Peer Addictions) Training, PARfessionals' Peer Recovery Workforce Development for Healthcare Workers (© Publisher: PARfessionals Behavioral Health Research Development Corporation).

    The curriculum is the world’s first college level training and certification material on the field of Peer Recovery.

    The program was privately funded and developed with contracted assistance from behavioral health clinicians, medical doctors, social workers, and peers (eg. Dr. Laura Pipoly, LPC, E.D.D, NCC, Celebrity Recovery Coach/Executive Coach Melissa Killeen, MSOD, MPhil, Trudi A. Griffin, LPC, MS, NCC, Shira Goldberg, MFTt, PCCt, CATCi, Julie R. Cotton, MSW, MLIS, Bradley K Gillespie, PharmD, National Institutes of Health, Director of Drug Development, National Institute of Health Vienna, VA, Robert Kent Dean, Ph.D, LAC, CCGC, Director of Outpatient Services, Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling Managing Editor, Dan J. Talley Memorial Training Institute Lecturer, CADA School of Addiction and Behavioral Health (CSABH) Shreveport, LA, Beth Leeman-Markowski, MD, MA, MMSc, Harvard and Washington University-trained neurologist and the CEO of Neurology Research Consultants, PLLC, which provides support for medical writing projects and research studies. Through the NRC Advisors Program, she has also assisted with medical school, residency, fellowship and academic job applications. Dr. Leeman-Markowski received a combined MD/MA degree from Washington University. This was followed by residency in Neurology at Washington University, a two-year Epilepsy/EEG fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and a three-year clinical and research Cognitive Neurology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She also completed the Scholars in Clinical Science Program (SCSP), a two-year Master’s degree program in Clinical Research at Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry, Amabelle S. Equio MAN, RN, BSN, Ph.D In Nursing (candidate) Sillman University, Dumaguete (Dumaguete City, Philippines) US Licensed Nurse Amabelle wrote her PhD thesis, “Empowering Staff nurses, Valuing Relationships and Creating A Caring Workplace: A Phenomenological Study of Head Nurses”. Inakka Collins CNA, PBT, PCT, B.A., MBA (candidate) Certified Dietician (candidate pending receipt of official scores) Jeanne Brown-Williams RN, BS, Rosie Morland, MSci, MSc, MPhil Clinical Research Coordinator Imperial College, (London, United Kingdom), Dr Sumaiya Petiwala RD Registered Dietitian BUMS Bachelor in Unani Medicine and Surgery CDE Certified Diabetes Educator PGDD Post Grad Diploma in Dietetics (Mumbai /Maharashtra, India), Sonia Copeland MD MPH Board Certified and Registered by the Medical Council of Jamaica (Jamaica) , Dr Chaithanya Ratakonda MBBS Medical Doctor, Medical writer, Medical Researcher (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India ), Chris Ifeanyi Ezeh Founder / Executive Director EuroAfrica Central Network Ahmed Abdulaziz Chief Editor & Publisher EuroAfrica-Magazine Online B.Pharm., Cairo University Intercultural Health Mediation /Communication Consultant (Cairo, Egypt) Lecturer Intercultural Medicine and Intercultural Nursing BG Trauma Hospital Hamburg Boberg Germany, (Hamburg, Germany), Qori Stafford LVN, Special Needs Pediatric Nurse , Megan Krout Kenosha, WI , Neuroscience and Psychology Major, German Minor, Carthage College Class of 2017 , Reviewer #354 MBBS*(identity remained anonymous) Albert Henderson Powell M.D. (retired), Former Family Physician, Private Practice Former Social Security Disability Determining Services Consultant Former Attending Physician for Mental Health/Addiction Ward at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center Shreveport, LA , Dr. Waqas Rasheed MBBS (Lahore, Punjab,Pakistan), Madhushi Fernando Clinical Study Lead B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology -University of Delhi M.Sc in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, (New Delhi, India) Craig McNally JP, MA, Ph.D (candidate) University Counsellor, University of Technology, Jamaica Lecturer/Research Supervisor, International University of the Caribbean Adjunct Facilitator, Youth Reaching Youth , Qazi Muhammad Zarlish MD and many more) worldwide 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.

    Since 2011, the approved Continuing Education open to volunteers, interns and employees of behavioral health and addiction recovery entities, government agencies, humanitarians agencies, community recovery groups, other Human Services related organization and employer types with 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.

  • Participated and sponsored the 7th Annual Conference of the International Association of Peer Supporters.

  • Inclusion in the New York Compendium of Training and Self Study Resources for Recovery Support Specialists and Recovery Peer Specialists.

  • Past speaker and marketing sponsor for OMICS International Scientific Research Conference and Exhibition.

  • Personally donated copies of PARfessionals' Cultural Intelligence in Addictions series, college level healthcare preparatory guides developed and designed by Jorea M. Kelley (with private paid contract assistance of Trudi A. Griffin, MS, LPC, NCC and graphic designer Muhammed H. of India ) to in 2016.

    Worldreader is a 501 global non-profit organization that provides people in the developing world with free access to a library of digital books via e-readers and mobile phones. Since 2010, 7.6 million people across 50 countries have read from Worldreader's digital library of over 35,000 e-books.

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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