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Peer Support and Smoking Cessation By:Gina Calhoun

November 2019

Why talk about smoking cessation and peer support specialists? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide.1  "Approximately 1 in 4 (or 25%) of adults in the U.S. have some form of mental health or substance use disorder, and these adults consume almost 40% of all cigarettes smoked."2 

This webinar will highlight the importance of peer support and a plan for individuals taking a journey toward smoking cessation.  It will also offer tips for supporters at different stages of a person’s journey toward self-liberation from cigarettes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the practice of curiosity and openness when encountering diverse perspectives about smoking.

  • Explore areas of change based on self-direction.

  • Examine Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) for smoking cessation as a plan and a common language to connect.

Peer Specialists in Integrated Care By:De Anne Nichole Dwight

October 2019

Integrative care, meeting both medical and behavioral health needs in one location, is increasingly becoming the norm.

 
Learning Objectives

  • Define integrative care and its effect on peers working in healthcare.

  • Recognize the value of peer support specialists in health care settings and the importance of advocacy for these roles and peer support as a whole.

  • Identify skills for increasing professionalism and leadership as a peer support while maintaining personal wellness.

Financial Wellness & Peer Support: Building Hope for a Better Financial Future By:Oscar Jiménez-Solomon and Rita Cronise

September 2019

Why a webinar on financial wellness for peer support providers?

Financial wellness matters to recovery. Poverty, financial hardship and dependency on public benefits are top barriers to recovery and wellness. They are root causes of depression, anxiety, and suicide. In fact, many of the problems people in recovery experience have more to do with their social conditions than their diagnoses.
Peer support providers can help foster financial hope. Economic exclusion hurts individuals and communities by crushing hope, a vital ingredient of recovery. Studies have shown that peer support can be effective at building hope. In many ways, hope is more essential to financial wellness than knowledge and skills. Peers can help foster financial hope: the sense of financial agency ("I can achieve my financial wellness goals and life dreams") and financial pathways ("There are concrete ways I can achieve my financial wellness goals").

 

Learning Objectives​

  • Identify key elements of hope and why hope and economic inclusion matter to recovery

  • Discuss why peers don't have to be financial counselors or experts nor have "achieved" financial wellness to build financial hope among others.

  • Recognize concrete strategies peer support providers can use to help build financial hope in five domains: day-to-day financial stability, long-term financial security, autonomy from public benefits, ability to control their financial decisions, economic citizenship and participation.

  • Follow a six-step economic empowerment process to engage people in culturally meaningful conversations about life dreams and financial goals, build financial hope, develop financial wellness action plans and coach people through a process that helps them to move toward financial goals.

August 2019

How do we stay well while supporting people who need emotional care? This presentation will explore tools, role plays, and discussions that will help mental health peer specialists build up their wellness and resilience and avoid compassion fatigue and burn out. Additionally, this presentation will include lessons learned about burnout and compassion fatigue for peer support specialists during the initial implementation of Medicaid billable peer support services in Arizona. 

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define compassion fatigue and burnout.

  • Recognize at least 3 common signs of compassion fatigue and burnout.

  • List at least 3 tools to minimize compassion fatigue and burnout in the workplace. 

Self-Disclosure: Supportive, Safe and Successful By:Rachelle Weiss

July 2019

Self-disclosure is one of the most powerful and valuable tools for the peer support specialist.  As important as this topic is, there is much confusion in defining it, using it and modeling it.  This webinar looks at all aspects of self-disclosure from definition, purpose, roles, boundaries and some basic do’s and don’ts. This webinar will explore the difference between storytelling and the sharing mutuality of self-disclosure.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define self-disclosure and its overall and specific purposes. 

  • Identify the purpose of self-disclosure and how it may dictate what we say and how we say it.

  • Describe how our role (friend, peer support specialist, family member, etc.) can impact self-disclosure.

Using Social Media to Build Rapport with Peers By:Taylor Blanco

June 2019

This webinar will discuss ways in which youth leaders and advocates can use social media to their advance peer mental health work with peers. Social Media helps build rapport, increase engagement, and spread awareness for different campaigns and events. We will also discuss things to keep in mind such as boundaries, cyberbullying and developing social media agreements with your peers.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits of social media for increased participant engagement and learn about the effects of social media in youth culture.

  • Describe the dimensions of boundaries, professionalism, and messaging with social media.

  • List different applications and platforms that can be used to manage campaigns, create flyers/brochures, and increase reach and build rapport.

  • Identify steps to prevent/moderate cyberbullying and create social media agreements with peers.

Developing a Board of Directors for Mental Health Organizations By:Matthew Federici and Amey Dettmer

May 2019

This webinar highlights strategies to develop a skilled and diverse Board of Directors to oversee emerging peer-run and other mental health organizations. These strategies are geared towards organizations that are moving toward incorporation as a nonprofit agency, but will also highlight approaches that existing organizations can use to strengthen an already existing board of directors. A strong Board of Director's guidance, commitment and oversight is vital to a non-profit organization's success. This webinar will explore steps to developing and sustaining a Board of Directors rooted in supporting an organization's mission, vision, and values.

 

By the end of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the value and tasks of an Interim Organizing Committee

  • Evaluate a process for selecting and recruiting Board Members

  • Identify common Board Member roles and responsibilities

Understanding Trauma and Post-Traumatic Growth By:Kelly Davis

April 2019

Trauma can have a serious impact on our mental health and wellbeing, but many trauma survivors also report positive growth as a result of their experiences. This webinar will explore the impact of trauma and post-traumatic growth (PTG) and how peer specialists can use the research on PTG in their own recovery and work with others.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of trauma on mental health and wellbeing.

  • Describe the concept of PTG and its supporting research.

  • Identify the role and value of understanding trauma and PTG in your role as a peer support specialist.

  • Discuss opportunities for integrating PTG in your work.

 

Benefits of Recovery Environments By:Ahmad Abojaradeh

March 2019

As mental health peer specialists, how do we create an environment that fosters recovery and growth? Ahmad Abojaradeh will discuss best practices for creating an environment for enhancing mental health and personal empowerment to make changes in one’s life.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the foundations of recovery environments.

  • List at least three steps to create an inclusive recovery environment.

  • Identify at least three ways in which creating a recovery environment enhances workplace wellness.

 

Peer Specialists as Supervisors By:Tim Saubers

February 2019

For many mental health peer specialists who deliver direct services, moving into a supervisory role is a way to become a leader among colleagues, ensure high standards for service delivery, and increase wages. This webinar will discuss the skills and supports that are beneficial to a supervisory role. It will also address barriers to the change in role and ways to overcome them. It will also discuss the practical aspects of working in a supervisory role as a peer specialist including providing weekly supervision, maintaining boundaries, and managing personal wellbeing.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify at least 3 skills that will assist with achieving success as a peer specialist working in a supervisory role.

  • Recognize the role of a peer specialist working in a supervisory role including providing weekly supervision, maintaining personal boundaries, and supporting staff in their recovery.

  • Outline a plan for managing personal wellbeing and prevention of burnout as a supervisor.​

Peer-Run Crisis Respite Homes: Tips for Rural Areas By:Todd Noack

January 2019

Learn about the journey of creating Rhonda’s House, a new peer-run crisis respite home in the rural town of Dewitt, Iowa (population of 5,000).  This webinar will touch on how key stakeholders collaborated on Rhonda’s House and were able to gain non-profit status, build a board of directors, hire peer staff, and find creative funding strategies. This webinar is beneficial for mental health peer specialists looking for better ways to support people in crisis, as well as those looking to build their own peer-run organization.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine key steps for collaborating and developing a peer-run crisis respite in a rural area.

  • Identify support from key allies and building partnerships in your communities.

  • Research key funding for start-up and sustainability of peer-run crisis respite homes

Using Your Recovery Story to Connect and Inspire By:Kyneta Lee

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One of the greatest assets of mental health peer specialists is the ability to share our recovery stories as a way to connect with people and inspire those who may be struggling. However, sometimes it is hard for us to reconcile the negative experiences of our past with the positive role model we are today. Using the "Hero’s Journey" as a framework to reflect on your recovery story can help you connect with your moments of heroism in your past and use them to help and inspire others. This webinar will help mental health peer specialists explore the "Hero’s Journey" and how to tell their story in a way that presents a healing and hopeful message.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify steps to apply the "Hero’s Journey" structure to recovery stories.

  • Discuss the importance of becoming the hero of our own recovery journey.

  • Examine the benefits of storytelling for both the teller and listeners of the story. 

Community Inclusion and the Critical Role of Peers By:Mark Salzer

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Exciting new research suggests that increased community participation is related to improved physical, cognitive and mental health and wellbeing. This webinar will provide mental health peer specialists and their allies a foundational understanding of the relationship between community participation and recovery and wellbeing. It will also explore the key role that mental health peer specialists can play in supporting increased community participation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the concepts of community integration, inclusion, and participation and their relationship to physical, cognitive and mental health and wellbeing;

  • Describe the ways which community exclusion occurs and impacts physical, cognitive, and mental health and wellbeing;

  • Discuss the evidence base that establishes the medical benefits and need for increased community participation for people with mental health challenges;

  • Identify the role and value of peer support in promoting community wellbeing through increased integration, inclusion, and participation.

Mental Health Peer Specialist: Ethics and Boundaries By:Ron Clark

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This webinar will provide a brief overview of ethics and boundaries of peer support particularly for those who support people with substance use disorders. Looking through the value of lived experience, we will discuss the specific ethical dilemmas related to supporting individuals with a co-occurring substance use and mental health diagnosis.  Additionally, we will review the benefit of using community-based supports to address unique challenges and support recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the ethical duties of a peer support specialists.

  • Describe ethics and boundaries for supporting individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health diagnosis.

  • Discuss strategies to overcome unique challenges for peer support specialists when working with people with substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses.

Mental Health Peer Specialists and People Who Are Justice Involved By:Waynette Brock and Jaime Campos

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People in the criminal justice system experience higher rates of substance use disorders, mental health challenges, and chronic health conditions than the general population. Most people who are currently incarcerated will be released back to their communities. Mental health peer specialists will likely work with those who are justice involved who may have different needs and challenges. This webinar will look at one successful program and provide details on activities and practices that can be reproduced by mental health peer specialists across the US for successful engagement of people who are justice involved.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn more about how using peer-facilitated groups and peer support can reduce the rate of recidivism for service recipients reentering the community.

  • Gain insight into strategic ways for mental health peer specialists to communicate and connect with those reentering the community after incarceration.

  • Identify preconceived ideas and judgements of people who are justice involved that can affect how mental health peer specialists provide peer support.

Peer Specialists’ Techniques for Suicide Prevention, Crisis, and Transformation By:Eduardo Vega

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Moments of personal distress and emotional intensity are sometimes, but not always, described by mental health consumers as crisis. When accompanied by disabling symptoms, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, and despair, these times can be very difficult to bear. Often, though, these challenging times end up being crucial to people’s growth, development of recovery and resilience skills and even finding their sense of purpose in the world.

  

This webinar will provide participants with basic understanding of crisis supports and suicide prevention in the context of recovery for mental health peer specialists. It will introduce the philosophy, values and basic practices of peer support related to suicide. Listening and positive engagement skills will be emphasized through scenarios and discussion with a particular focus on how to approach personal experience in this context. Participants will also be introduced to key suicide prevention concepts, trainings and other resources for related personal and professional development.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the connections of crisis, suicidality, personal growth and recovery.

  • Describe the expanding role of mental health peer support and lived experience in suicide prevention nationally.

  • Identify the key concepts related to suicide prevention practices.

Living Well with the Trauma of Chronic Illness By:Michael Buck

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Chronic illness can be traumatic on multiple levels -- physically, emotionally, and mentally. As mental health peer specialists, many of us are serving populations that have both mental health challenges and chronic illnesses. Join Michael Buck, Advanced Level Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator, to learn about how people with chronic illnesses use wellness planning to overcome the issues and challenges associated with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other life threatening illnesses. In addition, learn how mental health peer specialists are best able to support people with chronic illness and the associated trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how people with chronic illness use wellness planning to maintain quality of life.

  • Develop a list of wellness tools to share with peers to support overcoming the challenges of chronic illnesses.

  • Identify actions mental health peer specialists can take to encourage people living with chronic illness to connect with others.

Empowering Youth as Mental Health Peer Specialists By:Amey Dettmer, Letty Elenes, and Ryan Tempesco

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Many mental health peer specialists are called to work with youth and young adults. However, youth and young adults have unique needs that require unique engagement strategies. In this webinar, you will hear from leaders in the youth movement about how to engage youth as mental health peer specialists. Additionally, presenters will explore the history and development of the youth-to-youth peer support movement led by transitional age youth (TAY) leaders from around the country.

Participants in this webinar will be offered interactive activities that are appropriate for mental health peer specialists to use with youth and young adults, as well as ideas for implementing innovative approaches into various youth peer support programs. This webinar will include a preview of the Peer Generation Curriculum developed by the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine at least 3 benefits of the peer support for youth and young adults.

  • Gain an understanding into the foundations of youth resiliency.

  • Learn at least 2 interactive engagement activities for mental health peer support specialists to utilize with youth.  

Understanding Cultural Inequalities for Mental Health Peer Specialists By:Tanisha Trice

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Cultural inequalities exist in all aspects of society ranging from lack of access to quality education, housing, mental health care and employment to the overrepresentation of minorities in the criminal justice system. There is a need for mental health peer specialists to understand how cultural inequalities affect individuals living with mental illness and lead to higher rates of incarceration. This presentation will focus on cultural inequalities, individual human rights, and how these topics intersect from the perspective of mental health peer specialists. This webinar will discuss strategies that are being used in Arlington County, VA. Participants will learn how to help peer clients understand cultural inequalities and how to navigate the mental health and criminal justice systems by understanding their rights and using self-advocacy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how cultural inequalities affect individual’s access to services that promote recovery and how mental health peer specialist can help increase access.  

  • Learn how cultural inequalities affect interactions with the criminal justice system and incarceration.

  • Gain knowledge on how to educate peer clients, who are at risk for entering the criminal justice system or currently incarcerated, in using self-advocacy to enhance mental health outcomes.

Building a Strong Mental Health Peer Specialist Workforce By: Sheila Hall-Prioleau and Sheryl Newton

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This webinar will discuss initiatives designed to train and provide employment opportunities for mental health peer specialists created by a peer-run program staffed by Certified Peer Specialists who demonstrate/model recovery through education and their own lived experiences. This webinar will include an introduction to a successful internship program as well as examining the challenges and possible solutions for mental health peer specialist career development. It will also look at a unique initiative through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grants for mental health peer specialists.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe effective approaches to managing mental health peer specialists in the workforce.

  • Identify the obstacles and challenges associated with mental health peer specialists in the workforce.

  • Examine two initiatives that have successfully placed approximately 20 CPS in 2015 & 2016

Building Community Support Groups for Improved Mental Health By:Jane Winterling

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This webinar focuses on the journey of personal mental health recovery back into the community. For many of us, when we first started experiencing mental health difficulties, we found them life consuming. We will talk about skills and techniques to help bridge this sometimes precarious and difficult phase through the development of participant structured support groups for improved mental health. These groups allow us to explore relationships in a safe, respectful peer environment. Support groups give us a way to give back and mentor others as we become more and more well. The leadership role mental health peer specialists can take in creating support groups will be examined through this webinar, as well. 

 

Learning Objectives: 

  •  Outline steps to create a community support group for mental health and wellness. 

  •  Identify key leadership roles in the community to support efforts to create support groups. 

  •  Explore the benefits of healthy relationships created through support groups.

Self-Care for the Peer Specialist By:Denise Camp

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Our mental health is strongly influenced by how we take care of ourselves. While self-care is important for everyone; it is particularly important for those of us engaged in peer support and caregiving professions. We can best support others when we first care for ourselves. Join Denise Camp, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, to explore the importance of self-care and how you can do small things to improve your mental health and wellness.

 

Workshop participants will learn to:

  • Define mental health and wellness for themselves;

  • Understand how their mental health and wellness affects their work as a peer specialist;

  • Develop personal tools for improving and maintaining mental health and wellness.

How Conflict Resolution Skills Can Help Peer Specialists By:Dan Berstein

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Conflict in the workplace can occur for a variety of reasons.  Peer specialists can be a resource to resolving conflicts in behavioral health, whether within the workforce, with peers they support, or with others. Conflict resolution professionals have developed different approaches to mediating and resolving conflict. MH Mediate has pioneered specific mediation strategies and trainings for effective conflict resolution in mental health settings. This webinar explores the conflicts you might experience as a peer specialist, introduces vital conflict resolution skills, and shares resources you can use in your work.

  • Participants will appreciate what conflict resolution skills are including an emphasis on listening, self-determination, impartiality, and conflict resolution processes.

  • Participants will know how to access conflict resolution resources, tools and referrals

  • Participants will understand how conflict resolution skills can help them in their role as peer specialists

Effectively Employing Young Adult Peer Providers: A Toolkit By: Jonathan Delman & Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick

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While Young Adult (YA) peer support providers are increasingly employed as members of mental health service teams, providers have struggled to maintain a strong YA peer workforce. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the contents of the recently developed Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC) Toolkit for on sustaining and growing a YA peer workforce, including a comprehensive guidance, implementation tools [e.g., checklists, worksheets], sample policies, self-assessments, and webinars. 

 

The toolkit includes information on the following:

  • Unique aspects of YA peer job,

  • Organizational framework and cultural elements,

  • Best practices for recruiting hiring, and training,

  • Effective approaches for supervising YA peers,

  • Strategies for non-peer staff to be supporters and resources for YA peers.

Certified Peer Specialists in Crisis Services By:Dave Measel

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Pennsylvania has begun a concerted effort to integrate Certified Peer Specialists (CPSs) into the full array of crisis programs. This workshop will inform participants of the steps taken to get this effort moving, where we are at in the process currently, and future steps and aspirations.

 

Learning Objectives - Participants will:

  • Learn how the process to integrate CPSs into crisis programs began.

  • Learn about potential roles and responsibilities of CPSs in various crisis programs.

  • Learn about the newly developed training that is available.

Can I get the Recipe? Research Supports the Evidence for Peer Support By:Laysha Ostrow

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Ever wonder what we're talking about when we talk about the effectiveness of peer support? Me too! Sometimes it seems unclear what the research is asking, but we all know that how you ask influences the answer that you get. Join us to learn how the role of first-hand lived experience in evaluation research is related to the future of peer support.

 

Workshop objectives:

  • Provide participants with real-life examples of research that supports value of peer workers

  • Highlight the importance of lived experience in research

  • Relate research approaches to documenting knowledge about peer support

Straight Talk About Peer Supervision By: Susan Nyamora

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This workshop was developed to share my experience, strength and hope on supervising the unique role of peer specialists. During this workshop I will share some strategies and skills that I have acquired over the last 6 years as Supervisor of Peer Specialists working in various services settings. I will also expand the topic by sharing some of my advocacy efforts to educate the greater community on the integration of Peers Specialist, appropriate supervision, reasonable accommodations and organizational culture.

 

Participants will:

  • Effective Skills to be a Peer Supervisor

  • Discuss Ethics & Boundaries

  • Discuss Roles & Responsibilities

The Importance of Language By: BJ North

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This webinar will provide examples of how your word choices can deeply impact your interactions and work with peers, especially in behavioral health settings. 

 

Participants will:

  • Learn How to make intentional strength-based word choices that support the growth and empowerment of peers. 

  • Made aware how language and word selection has shaped their lives which, in turn, will yield valuable personal insight

  • Learn Framework for communicating in a more positive and intentional matter.

DBSA* Peer Leadership Center: Online Resource for Peer Workforce & Organizations

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This webinar is to introduce you to DBSA Peer Leadership Center. This center is an easily accessible, impartial, and central location where peer specialists and peer supporters can find the information and training they want, connect with others working in the field, learn about employment opportunities and organizations that champion peer support services, and engage in dialogue to strengthen the peer workforce.

 

During this webinar participants will:

  • learn about the DBSA Peer Leadership Center as a resource for continuing education and training

  • be able to experience a tour of this resource

  • learn about the DBSA Peer Leadership Center as a resource for networking within the peer workforce.

National Accreditation for Peer Specialists: How Canada Makes it Work.

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There has been a lot of discussion among peer specialists trying to determine if national certification is a good thing for the profession or would it get in the way of personal or professional achievement. A lot of ideas, organizations and plans are

being discussed.

 

This workshop will examine the Canadian Peer Support Certification process from start to completion, along with the internal organizational structure and supports needed for the process. We will also share how Canada developed our National Standards of Practice for the Practice and Training of Peer Support.

  • Participants will learn about the framework behind the Canadian National Standards;

  • Participants will learn about the infrastructure and processes required for Peer Support Certification; and

  • Participants will learn about the National Peer Support Certification process for candidates.

Community Inclusion and Peer Support Supporting Increased Community Participation By: Matthew Federici

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This webinar, developed in collaboration with Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, will introduce peer specialists on how to develop tools, plans and methods to support peers being re-introduced and re-integrated back into the community.

 

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • define the concepts of community integration, inclusion, and participation and their relationship to mental health and wellness;

  • describe the ways which community exclusion occurs and impacts health and wellness;

  • discuss the evidence base that supports an increased focus on community inclusion; 

  • identify the role and value of peer support in promoting community wellness through increased inclusion.

Art as a Peer Specilist Skill Learn how Peer Specilist can use creativity and the arts to inspire others throughout their recovery journeys: Gayle Bluebird

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As a participant you will discover multiple ways to be creative. The program is not limited to typical artistic activities; it also involves how to dress creatively, communicate and how to be a natural YOU. You will learn ways to integrate art as a wellness tool, to address trauma issues and to experience a sense of well being and pleasure.

 

The webinar will:

  • Discuss a broad variety of methods too bring all expressions of art into the world and work of peer specialists. 

  • You will see illustrations of activities using photos by peer artists who are experts on these subjects.

How to Ask for a Raise: The Peer Support Compensation Survey By: Allen S. Daniels – Consultant & Peter C. Ashenden

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This webinar will provide an overview of the national survey of compensation among peer support specialists. This survey provides peer specialists useful information on compensation rates across different types of service organizations and geographical locations. This webinar will use this data to help peer specialists advocate for improved compensation rates.

 

This webinar will:

  • Understand differences among peer support specialist compensation.

  • Understand how peer specialist compensation rates may be developed, and use national and regional data to advocate for individual employment benefits.

  • Recognize the regional differences in compensation of peer specialists based on the states where they work.

Creating and Manageing a Peer-Run Buisness By:Diana Fullem

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This inspirational workshop will provide you with action steps to start a peer-run or peer-owned organization. Research reveals our wellness is gained and maintained as we contribute our skills and talents to society. If you have a desire to be a leader beyond your imagination you will learn the benefits of research, communication and collaboration to watch your dreams become a reality.

  • Identify the 3 "W's (why, what, where) you want start a peer-run or owned business

  • Identify HOW to start

  • Identify your best supporters and what's in it for them.

Peer Support Within The Criminal Justice System By: Liz Woodley

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Liz Woodley, CPS, Forensic Peer Support Project Specialist Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Assoc.

As the Forensic Peer Support Project Specialist for the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association, active in her own recovery since August of 2004, Liz shares her fear of incarceration. After receiving a DUI and possession charge which prompted her recovery, she recognized her mental health diagnosis of major depression and anxiety and sought treatment. Her main desire is to help others like herself.

This workshop will:

  • Define Forensic Peer Support

  • Reducing recidivism and the over-representation of mentally ill in the criminal justice system

  • Recognize Diversion Opportunities available for individuals with a Mental Health Illness or Substance Use Disorder

The Spirit of Bouncing Beyond By: Lori Ashcraft

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The workshop will examine the power of engaging our spirit in the process of developing resilience as we recover. We will also describe the future steps of the recovery journey and set our sights on horizons yet to be reached.

  • Nurturing our spirit

  • moving beyond recovery

  • Using our spirit to develop resilience

Mental Wellness During Unemployment for Peers By: Rachelle Weiss

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When a peer (or anyone) finds themselves “Out of Work,” we go through a variety of feelings and experiences that can actually get in the way of getting back on your feet.  This webinar will explore the both the general and unique feelings of being a peer (or supporting a peer) who finds themselves out of work.  We will also look at developing a plan to reclaim and maintain your wellness during periods of unemployment.  In today’s economic climate, this webinar is a necessity for both those looking for work and those supporting peers who are struggling with unemployment.

 

People attending this webinar will learn the following:

  • To identify the universal feelings of being unemployed and how to combat the natural negativity that can occur in this situation

  • To develop methods to fully understand their work life and to put pieces in place to achieve what they want

  • To establish a variety of tools to maintain their wellness through their unemployment that can also be used as they return to the world of work

Supporting CPS Staff in Direct Advocacy Work By: Elisha Coffey, Fran Hazam & Yvette Pate

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This workshop will support CPS staff to engage more purposefully with individual advocacy work. Participants will understand that this type of advocacy is already a part of the work they do, and will learn from advocates and from a Certified Peer how to skillfully engage in individual advocacy and use it as a starting point to support systems change. Participants will be able to identify three ways they already engage in individual advocacy. Participants will be able to explain how wellness tools and documentation can be effective advocacy tools.

 

Workshop attendees will be able to identify how to communicate with their supervisors to support the advocacy plan of program participants.

Invasion or Innovation: Peers in the Workforce By: Rita Cronise

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In this webinar she will share what she has learned – both the positive and the areas that still need work – as well as the best way to address the part of the process that gets in the way of a successful utilization of the peer workforce.  She has seen the power of welcoming peers as a powerful innovation that serves to empower individuals in reclaiming their lives as well as the problems that occur when clinical staff see peer specialists as unwanted invaders.  She will detail and address issues that need to be recognized and addressed in order to embrace the peer specialist into the recovery-based work environment in a manner that allows a mutually supportive workforce.

Peer Support with Veterans - Shoulder to Shoulder By: Deanna Brent and Larry Buttel

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The webinar will describe what VA Peer Support is and why it is so important.  There will be a look at the critical role of recovery and having peers modeling recovery from both the provider and the patients’ perspective.  To support the legitimacy of the peer support position the presenters will detail the training, certification, credentialing, and ethics of Peer Support within the VA. They will explore the many roles of a peer supporter such as a model, mentor, coach, guide, cheerleader, or companion. The webinar also presents appropriate boundaries and clarifies what Peer Support is not. Examples of what is happening at the Boise VA Medical Center and other VAs throughout the nation will be presented.  Listeners will see how they can be part of the VA peer support system.

Workforce Integration: Why It Matters By: Dawniell A. Zavala

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Dawniell Zavala, Program Director of W.I.S.E. (Workforce Integration Support and Integration) a program of NorCal MHA, is an expert in successfully integrating peer workers into the mental health system by creating a work environment that educates and supports all participants in the mental health workforce.  WISE, both prepares the organization on the best way to welcome, utilize, support and nurture the peer worker while also providing a broad spectrum of education and support to the new peer employee. 

 

This webinar will provide peer employers and employees with the obstacles, reasons and methods to ensure a successful integration of peers into the mental health workforce.

A Decade of Peer Culture, Support, and Leadership in Philadelphia- By: Crystal Edwards

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This 60- minute webinar will explore the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) celebrated decade of behavioral health system transformation. As part of this celebration, DBHIDS conducted an extensive study on what was working in the utilization of peer support services and what still needed work.  Philadelphia has been on the cutting edge of peer support services both in training and in employment possibilities.  This extensive study of all stakeholders provides the foundation for Philadelphia to continue the growth of the peer specialist professional as an indispensable member of the healthcare community.

 

By the end of this Webinar, people will be able to:

  • Learn how Philadelphia conducted a thorough investigation into all facets of peer specialist services,

  • Discover a broad spectrum of methods to obtain the most accurate and detailed overview of the implementation of peer specialist services in an urban setting,

  • Use the results to both assess and improve the peer specialist services in their community.

Peer Support Works, The Paper Proof- By: Gina Calhoun

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This 60-minute webinar will briefly explain the history of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Billable Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Services and the data that demonstrates its mutual benefits.

Through valid survey results, Gina will highlight how Pennsylvania’s CPS Initiative has benefited people participating in these service, certified peer specialists, the behavioral health system and the greater community.

We will also review lessons learned and next steps for continued growth.

 

By the end of this Webinar, people will be able to:

  • Define at least four key values and/or practices of peer support services,

  • Evaluate at least 4 key findings from the PA Certified Peer Specialist survey,

  • Summarize and give examples of current trends in peer support service utilization.

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