Stacey Reynolds

Peer Support in a ​Recovery-Oriented Setting

Stacey Reynolds is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Kentucky.  She received her BSW and MSW from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University.

Ms. Reynolds began a new position as a clinical counselor with Thriveworks in March of 2023. Additionally, she serves as a mental health recovery advocate and freelances in the behavioral health field as a clinical counselor and assessment specialist at Mesa Springs Psychiatric Hospital while working on the nonprofit startup RESILIENCE. Ms. Reynolds offers coaching, consultation, counseling, as well as program development and evaluation through SDR Therapeutic & Consultation Services. Her research interests include holistic recovery-oriented care, peer support, trauma-informed care, palliative psychiatry, and Biblical/Christian Counseling. Ms. Reynolds has over two decades of experience in mental health recovery, sexual assault, domestic violence, geriatrics, skilled nursing, hospice, community mental health, and psychiatric emergency care.

Ms. Reynolds capstone project is entitled Peer Support in a Recovery-Oriented System of Care. The overarching research question for this work was How do you define, train, and supervise the peer support role in a recovery-oriented system of care?

Ms. Reynolds has received various awards and recognitions, including:

Volunteer of the Year Award 2013: The Women Center of Tarrant County,

President Social Work Constituency Council 2017,

UTA Service Award *Gold* 2017,

Ms. Reynolds’ career goals include launching the nonprofit RESILIENCE  which is specific to peer support and counseling, creating a clearing house for trauma-informed care, recovery-oriented care, and peer support. Offering consultation and therapeutic services for individuals in recovery with mental health and substance use disorders, as well as training and consultation services for peer support, and implementation of holistic recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, person-centered integration of care are additional goals.