Peer-to-Peer Support Training

Peer-to-Peer Support Training

Those working in the criminal justice system are exposed to suffering every day while at work. They often witness or intervene during the most painful and terrifying events in citizens’ lives. Did you know that experiencing extremely stressful events not only causes emotional stress, but can impact your brain and body, resulting in post-traumatic stress?

Peer-to-Peer Support training can help reduce burnout, turnover, and more serious mental health concerns

Peer support programs utilize trusted leaders within your organization to help support team members struggling with the mental and physical impact of working in incredibly stressful environments. Encouragement and connection during challenging times can help reduce burnout, turnover, and more serious mental health concerns. Peer support leaders can be trained to identify mental health concerns, be good listeners and supporters during times of need, help identify when team members may need a high level of care, and vet and connect team members to mental health resources.

Who can benefit from Peer-To-Peer Support Training?

Peer support training can be implemented in a variety of environments including:

  • Corrections
  • Law enforcement
  • First responders
  • District attorneys
  • Public defenders
  • Reentry agencies
  • Probation and Parole

What can IJRD do for your teams?

Our expert trainer can customize a peer support training for your specific agency and environment to ensure we facilitate an impactful training that prepares leaders in your institution to take care of their own mental health and help others do the same. They can also provide expert consultation on building out your peer support team and provide ongoing consultation to your peer support leaders.


What our trainees are saying:

"This was a wonderful 2 days together. So relaxed, informational and fun! The frequent interaction at our tables was great and kept us involved. We gained tools and confidence. We got acquainted with each other, as well as learned from each other."

"The most useful part of the training was the open forum for discussion of suicide and other topics of suffering."

"Awesome tag team with IJRD's two trainers! They provided the therapeutics vs. ground zero approach with actual experiences."

"Trainers were amazing and engaging. The information was very helpful and useful. [IJRD] made the information easy to understand."


Learn more and register your agency, organization, or company: Please contact Amberly Prykhodko at for an individualized quote.



Amberly Prykhodko, LCSW 

Amberly Prykhodko (she/her) is the Director of Clinical and Professional Services where she spearheads the development and implementation of IJRD's professional certifications, specialty trainings, and other offerings designed for practitioners and key stakeholders in both correctional and community serviced. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 15 years of experience working directly with individuals who have experienced incredibly overwhelming and stressful, or traumatic events, such as homicide and suicide. Her clinical work has focused on helping people manage the aftereffects of trauma including mental health and substance use disorders, homelessness, and criminal justice system contact including incarceration. Prykhodko frequently treats law enforcement officers in her therapy practice and is passionate about providing real tools that can help manage the impact of their frequent exposure to violence and suffering and the aftereffects of this exposure. She has extensive knowledge on the neurobiology of trauma and she has worked with many nationally recognized experts developing and delivering cutting-edge trauma treatments. Additionally, Prykhodko is a seasoned instructor and trainer – she has trained hundreds of practitioners and clinical service providers, non-profit administrators and staff, and correctional stakeholders to recognize trauma symptoms in themselves, their loved ones, and their coworkers.

Sarah Michaelsen Tamburri, MA 

Sarah Michaelsen Tamburri (she/her) is a Master's level Criminologist who leads a team delivering trauma-informed services and conducting research interviews with young men leaving prison. She has over 10 years of experience working within the military, law enforcement, and correctional communities. She began her career as a program manager for a sheriff’s department running grant-funded programs for juveniles at risk of entering the justice system. Tamburri has extensive experience working for the Florida Department of Corrections, where she oversaw the implementation of interventions delivered to individuals serving life sentences and those who were transitioning out of restrictive housing settings. Additionally, Tamburri proudly served as a non-commissioned officer in the Florida National Guard. Understanding the stigma the military and other first responders face when seeking mental health services; her goal is to provide practical solutions that support first responder well-being. Tamburri has a passion for bringing research to the field through education and the implementation of best practices. Her diverse experience as a trainer includes motivational interviewing, diversity and inclusion, sexual assault and harassment prevention, and correctional best practices.