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This session is designed to give an overview of the NOMs and SAMHSA evaluation in general, why it’s important to collect the data, why the NOMs indicators are good measures of program impact (though they are not clinical measures), how they are useful for staff (including both clinical and non-clinical staff, peers and non-peers alike), and finally, some “tricks of the trade” to maximize doing NOMs. “Tricks of the trade” include things like adding your own, homegrown questions, consumer satisfaction, or other measures to the NOMs for local use (i.e. taking advantage of the fact that if you have to do these surveys for SAMHSA, you can get more info from the clients that can help in programming, service provision, and organizational development).


This workshop will build upon the education provided by the previous 2 workshops and focus on the practical application of concepts into daily practice as a peer support provider. This will include modeling an “ideal” version of interacting with a TGNCNB client, sharing things that could go right and things that could go wrong, and ways to make spaces more inclusive and accessible for TGNCNB individuals. This workshop will also provide an overview of how to gracefully navigate mistakes and misunderstandings when working with TGNCNB individuals and provide space for participants to practice these conversations and skills in a supportive environment. The goal of this workshop is for participants to leave feeling more comfortable and confident in working with TGNCNB individuals, and for them to have tangible skill sets in terms of navigating mistakes, asking respectful questions, and clarifying misunderstandings.


Following the listening session, How do we support and grow the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Recovery Community?, the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, in partnership with Communities for Recovery, is hosting monthly virtual networking space to continue the conversation. Our hope is to gather community stakeholders - members of the DHH community in or seeking recovery, DHH peer recovery support workers, professionals serving the DHH recovery community, and leaders interested in growing the infrastructure and support for the DHH peer recovery specialist workforce - to discuss what is working and identifying potential solutions to the barriers the DHH peer workforce is facing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and nurture networking within the DHH recovery community
  • Explore strengths and identify barriers for DHH peer recovery professionals
  • Discover strategies to develop the DHH peer recovery workforce

In this community of practice, we’ll explore the supports that may be needed when PRSS experience the death of a colleague or person they’re providing services to. We’ll discuss how to provide effective support without overstepping professional boundaries. We’ll also explore how to create space for PRSS staff to navigate their experiences around grief without monitoring their emotional wellbeing.

Facilitator: Lisa Marie Auter


In this community of practice, we’ll discuss what certification means to the peer workforce and movement. We’ll explore how certification has supported the growth of the peer workforce, led to greater legitimacy in the eyes of some, and allowed access to funding streams. We’ll also explore how certification has siloed the meaning of lived experience, prioritized some recovery pathways above others, and contributed to inequities in the workforce.

Facilitator: Keris Myrick


In this plenary session we’ll explore the importance of implementing power structures beyond hierarchical models. We’ll look at consensus-based decision-making processes, horizontal organizational structures, and ways in which to elevate the voices of staff most impacted by decision that are being made. We’ll also explore accountability structures for those in positions of power within organizations.

Please note that this event is a part of a series that is currently full and no longer accepting registrations. We will be running the series again, so keep an eye out for the application later this fall!


This session is designed to provide a review of some very basic tools for evaluation that anyone with access to a spreadsheet can use—including, logic models (the beating heart of any good program and its evaluation); easy guides to using spreadsheets for data; how to do surveys at low-, medium-, and high-tech levels; how to pose evaluation questions that can be answered; and what’s actually “smart” about SMART measures and what is not “smart” about them.


The Storytelling For the Recovery Workforce workshop is no longer accepting applications. We had a resounding response and the application process is now closed. Please check out our other events for additional opportunities.

Increase your efficacy as a Recovery Professional with the intentional, skilled use of your life experience! We use stories to validate our recoveree’s experiences, offer solutions, hope and motivation, and much more. The question is, HOW are our stories used to help others? How are they impacting the listener? And how about the teller? What’s the possibility of iatrogenic harm?

In this training, we’ll explore how culture impacts our personal art of storytelling. We’ll discover how stories are being received versus the impact that can ultimately benefit the listener, while also discussing how Recovery Values and Recovery Coach Roles can inform personal story sharing. Using this newfound clarity, we will have the opportunity to practice crafting short personal stories to support our professional roles.

This training is appropriate for anyone working with people with problematic substance use or mental health challenges where story sharing can be helpful within the role. It is not necessary to be in personal recovery from these challenges in order to use our lived experience to be an effective storyteller!

This workshop is for Peer Recovery Support workers (certified and not certified) providing support to those struggling with substance use challenges.

This workshop has a maximum capacity of 24 individuals. The first step in the process is an application to attend, which is linked below. You will be notified on Friday, 7/7/23 whether your application has been accepted and if it has, provided a link to register. Because of the limited seats, we ask that you are available for the full session before applying.



Please note that this community of practice has been postponed. Once it is rescheduled, we will update with new information including a registration link. Check back soon!

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.


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