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Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Recovery Support Specialists: Who Legitimizes Us? Building Credibility Beyond Existing Systems

In this community of practice, we invite the PRSS workforce to engage in a conversation about the importance of building credibility as a workforce through new lenses. We’ll explore the impact of adapting clinical modalities, such as motivational interviewing or cognitive behavioral therapy, to the practice of peer support as well as what it might […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Community Dialogue - The Intersection of Harm Reduction and Peer Support: Moving Beyond Abstinence-Based Models

In this community dialogue, we’ll host a panel of peer leaders to discuss the importance of approaching our understanding of peer services through the lens of harm reduction. Historically, peer services, certifications, and trainings have been built around abstinence-based models of recovery in contradiction to common peer values such as multiple pathways and self-determination. This […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Recovery Support Specialists: Providing Peer Support in a Climate Crisis

Description: This community of practice will focus on exploring the impact of the ongoing climate crisis on mental health and what that means for peer support. We’ll explore the importance of understanding the link between climate change and mental health, innovative, youth-led solutions, and how to provide peer support that takes all of this into […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Supervisors: Returning Power to Staff: Exploring New Ways to Understand Workplace Wellness

Description: In this community of practice, we’ll discuss ways that supervisors can move away from monitoring staff recovery and put peer values into practice in order to support staff wellness. We’ll talk about ways to center the needs of staff as well as boundaries around monitoring staff recovery vs. appropriate workplace oversight. Facilitator: Christina Carney […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Recovery Support Specialists: Perinatal Harm Reduction

Description: In this community of practice, we’ll focus on the important intersection of harm reduction and perinatal care. We’ll explore the biases that exist with systems toward pregnant people who use substances, relevant data, and forward-thinking alternative approaches. We’ll also discuss the role that PRSS have to play in supporting pregnant people who use substances. […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Supervisors: Supporting Staff Experiencing a Return to Use

Description: In this community of practice, we’ll explore how to engage with and support PRSS staff who experience a return to use, as defined by them. We’ll discuss best practices concerning boundaries and explore how to provide work-related support without overstepping into monitoring staff recovery. Facilitator: Carolina Ayala from the Happier Life Project

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Recovery Support Specialists: Approaching Ethics Through the Peer Lens: Using Values and History to Lead the Way

Description: In this community of practice, we’ll look ways of approaching ethics using peer values and relying on movement history to guide our decisions. We'll discuss the importance of knowing the difference between clinical and peer ethics, the limits and issues with certification codes of ethics, and where we fit within these contexts. Facilitator: Tim […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Supervisors: Strategies for Retaining Peer Recovery Support Specialist Staff

Description: In this community of practice, we’ll discuss effective strategies to retain peer recovery support specialist staff. We’ll talk about effective hiring practices, policy development, supervisory boundaries, compensation, and career development. We’ll also discuss the importance of centering peer values in retention practices. Facilitator: Tim Saubers from the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence Please note: […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Recovery Support Specialists: Re-Examining Urgency and the Desire to Save, Fix, and Help

Description: This community of practice will focus on re-centering the purpose of peer support, which is to bear witness, validate, and support people as they make meaning of their experiences. We’ll explore the impact of rushing to fix, save, and help people, however well-intentioned. We’ll also discuss how to re-align our practice with the purpose […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Supervisors: Centering Peer Values in Supervisory Practices

Description: In this community of practice, we’ll discuss the importance of supervising staff through the lens of peer values such as mutuality, leaning into discomfort, approaching with curiosity, and self-determination. We’ll talk about balancing these ideals with the reality of organizational policies and strategies for changing those policies. Facilitator: Elise Padilla from the Rebel Leadership […]

Event Series Communities of Practice

Peer Recovery Support Specialists: Networking and Building Connection in the Peer Workforce

Description: This community of practice will be an opportunity to meet and network with other PRSS from around the country. You’ll have the chance to chat in small groups, share about your work, and learn more about work being done by others. This community of practice will offer a certificate of attendance. Facilitator: Kris Kelly […]

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Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI083022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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