Jonathan P. Edwards

Program Consultant

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment

New York State Certified Peer Support Specialist

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Certified Personal Medicine Coach

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Greetings! My name is Jonathan P. Edwards. I always include my middle initial because I love my middle name: Philip. I am a New York Certified Peer Specialist and I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and doctoral candidate in the social welfare program at CUNY Graduate Center in NYC.

I currently work as a program consultant for Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

I have been involved in some capacity and in various aspects of recovery-oriented care and peer workforce development for almost 20 years, 10 of which I worked with NYC Health and Hospitals as Consumer Affairs Coordinator and Director of Peer Support Services. I have also served on the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board since 2014 and the National Association of Peer Supporters Board since 2017. Working in this field is a passion and I hope to always find a place to try and make a contribution.

I became a Certified Personal Medicine Coach primarily because I believed in Personal Medicine from the very first time I heard Pat Deegan talk it 15+ years ago. I am called to this work as a way of validating my ongoing experiences distinguishing between doing and taking, and learning more about the complementarity of doing and taking in a well-informed, balanced and intentional way. I hope to be become more of a practitioner of Personal Medicine in my own life and inspire others to find their inner wisdom and strength, which we all have.


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