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Peer Recovery Center of Excellence Affinity Call Schedule

The Peer Recovery CoE is hosting a series of Affinity Calls for the Peer Recovery Support Workforce.

Each month the PR CoE will convene two calls:

  1. An affinity call for peer recovery support specialists (PRSS) staff, or similar role, that provide services to individuals facing substance use challenges. PRSS calls are scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month (designated below in dark purple). Monthly topics along with registration are listed in the table below.

    A goal of the peer recovery support specialist staff affinity calls is to provide a safe space to speak freely on topics specific to this audience.

  2. An affinity call for supervisors of peer recovery support specialists who provide services to individuals facing substance use challenges. PRSS Supervisor calls are scheduled on the forth Wednesday of each month (designated below in pink). Monthly topics along with registration are listed in the table below.

    A goal of the peer supervisor affinity calls is to provide a safe space to speak freely on topics specific to this audience.

These monthly calls will each be a 90 minute facilitated discussion around topics relevant to the real work and experiences encountered by the peer workforce. It will be an opportunity to talk to others in the same role and share knowledge, strategies and skills with each other.

All Affinity Calls begin at 2:00 pm Eastern - (1:00pm Central / 12pm Mountain / 11am Pacific)

Please note

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence has established Group Communication Guidelines for this series of Affinity Calls, please take a moment to review.


Registration

Topics for Peer Recovery Support Specialist Staff

   

Building Professional Relationships in the Workplace

This call will focus on peer workers navigating professional workplaces and building relationships with their colleagues as well as other behavioral healthcare professionals with whom they interact. It will touch on how the difference between peer and clinical services can lead to difficulties in building relationships and strategies for navigating those difficulties. It will also touch on understandings of “professionalism,” and how peer workers navigate workplaces.

Facilitator: Dominique Christian

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwode2tqT4jHtHGdHrUxkmlYEsScnku105Z

Navigating Recovery as a Peer Professional

This call will focus on the unique challenges faced by peer workers as they balance providing peer support while also maintaining their own wellness. It will touch on the high expectations placed upon peer workers to serve as “proof that recovery is possible,” and the ramifications when life challenges arise. It will also focus on effective strategies for navigating these experiences.

Facilitator: Kyle Wicks

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcOyprjMpGtXMgHPRNRjZ4QxeEGSIFiof


Moral Injury

This call will focus on defining the concept of “moral injury,” why it’s important for peer workers to understand, and what separates it from burnout or compassion fatigue. It will touch on examples of how moral injury can occur in behavioral healthcare settings for peers and clinical staff alike, and will share strategies for navigating its impact.

Facilitator: Brittyn Calyx

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrduusqzwjHtzQK2MtAVdcQxGcNfSSm9wL

Centering Lived Experience in Advocacy Work

This call will focus on ways that peer workers can engage in advocacy at various levels while centering their own lived experiences in the process. It will include examples of success at the state legislative level, ways to get involved, and strategies for success.

Facilitator: Willie Pearl Evans

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqdeisrTsqG9xi0Mj6-IrYtgUK8p8PVcRT

Trauma and Peer Support

This call will focus on the role peer workers can play in supporting people who have experienced trauma. It will focus briefly on defining the trauma framework and then touch on strategies for providing peer support while remaining person-centered. It will also briefly name that different communities may experience trauma in different forms.

Facilitator: Tim Saubers

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kce2urzgvHtNI6N1lkLi6KfDX6VctfWZ2

Mandated Reporting

This call will focus on clarifying understandings of what mandated reporting is and how it intersects with peer work. It will include a definition of mandated reporting and clarify the difference between mandated reporting and reporting required by employers or agency policy. It will also touch on the pull between required reporting and the peer values of mutuality, self-determination, and informed consent.

Facilitator: TBD

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kcuyqrjwvH9GFaDQOPesStZYDRJlCYLy6

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Registration

Topics for Peer Superivsors

   

Centering Peer Values in Program Development

This call will focus on how to infuse peer values, such as mutuality, being person-centered, multiple pathways to recovery, into program policies, outcome measurements, and more. It will explore how holding onto these values when designing peer support programs can have a meaningful impact on the growth and success of the program.

Facilitator: Lynn Maday-Bigboy

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0oduqqrDMtHtFJWzYIhcQ75i6qWjByYkK6

Supervising Staff in Integrated Settings

This call will focus on the unique challenges that come with supervising peer workers who are providing peer support in settings that also offer clinical services. It will touch on how peer support and clinical services can complement one another, how to navigate where they diverge, and varying expectations placed upon staff.

Facilitator: TBD

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrceuqqz4oHN0NdohN4vTBAJU7gXnvxGfy

Reflective Supervision

This call will focus on the supervision framework known as Reflective Supervision. It will include an overview of the practice, discuss how it utilizes peer values to create a more mutual supervisory structure, and demonstrate how it can lend itself to supporting staff effectively.

Facilitators: Monica Caldwell and Paula Buege

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvd-qorT8oG9F_LBMsc7JBT1wfLebNamfg

Supervising Staff with Lived Experience

This call will focus on the unique experience of supervising staff whose job is dependent upon them transparently being a person with lived experience. It will touch on supporting staff choosing various recovery pathways, staff self-determination, and strategies for effectively supporting staff wellness while maintaining professional boundaries.

Facilitators: TBD

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAucOivrDIrG9MaCq_U-IGDBoeEdl2VpIP2

Supporting Staff in Professional Development

This call will focus on how to effectively support staff in continuing to grow in their role as peer workers. It will include strategies for supporting staff to develop professional skill-sets such as documentation, as well as practical skill-sets such as motivational interviewing.

Facilitators: TBD

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdOiuqzotG9RbAzBLbmlNTrtXpL-f1lOW

 

Peer Workers as Supervisors

This call will focus on the importance of having people with lived experience and those with experience working as peer specialists in supervisory roles. It will touch on the benefits that peer workers can bring to supervisory positions as well as challenges faced by peer supervisors and strategies for navigating through them.

Facilitators: Kris Kelly

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcuc-yrrzwtGtSAZKxNHzNInnKlKbH5CEGQ

 


 

 

Previous Topics

 

Previous Topics for Peer Recovery Support Specialist Staff

 

Multiple Pathways to Recovery

This affinity call will focus on exploring how to effectively support people receiving services in building meaningful lives. This could include discussion on:

  • being inclusive, harm reduction and moderation;
  • moving from multiple pathways to sobriety to multiple pathways to recovery;
  • reflecting on our internal biases.

Facilitator: Tim Saubers (click for bio)

 

Supporting People Navigating Mental Health Experiences

This affinity call will focus on exploring how to provide effective peer support when supporting people navigating both substance use and mental health experiences. Focus topics could include:

  • destigmatizing mental health experiences;
  • maintaining a person-centered approach to providing peer support;
  • identifying community-based resources.

Peer Recovery CoE Facilitator: Tim Saubers (click for bio)
Guest Facilitator: Victoria (Vic) Welle

 

Redefining Self-Care

This affinity call will focus on exploring how constructs of self-care as an individual responsibility are not enough to move the peer workforce towards sustainable wellness. Topics for discussion include:

  • how building community care can benefit all at a deeper level that is sustainable;
  • how to encourage employers to create healthy systems in the workplace;
  • how individual self-care and resilience is only a small piece of the puzzle.

Guest Facilitators: Tara Wilhemi and Lynn McLaughlin (click for bios)
Peer Recovery CoE Facilitator: Tim Saubers (click for bio)

 

Supporting People in Building Recovery Capital

This call will focus on defining the concept of “recovery capital” and its potential application in peer support. It will also touch on effective strategies for peer workers to support the people they’re working with in building recovery capital through a person-centered lens.

Guest Facilitator: Sharon Hesseltine

   
   

 

Previous Topics for Peer Superivsors

 

Ethical Leadership in Peer Supervision

This affinity call will focus on the principles that support effective, ethical leadership as a peer supervisor. This may include:

  • navigating gray areas in ethics when supervising staff;
  • centering peer values in supervision;
  • finding the balance between support staff wellness and regulating their recovery.
 

Supporting Wellness in the Workplace

This affinity call will focus on how to effectively create workplaces that support holistic wellness for all staff, not just peer workers. Topics to focus on include:

  • addressing the double standards employers place on peer workers compared to other staff;
  • understanding how to build strong relationships with staff;
  • horizontal organizational structures;
  • common workplace issues that need to be addressed to support wellness in the workplace.

Peer Recovery CoE Facilitator: Tim Saubers (click for bio)
Guest Facilitators: Katie Wilson, Amey Dettmer (click for bios)

 

Advocating for the Advancement of the Peer Workforce

This affinity call will focus on the myriad of ways that supervisors and employers can show up to continue advocating for the implementation of peer services. Focus areas could include:

  • different arenas in which to advocate such as: with funders / administrative staff, county and state governments, and institutions such as prisons.

Guest Facilitators: Alysha Clark and Dani Rischall (click for bios)
Peer Recovery CoE Facilitator: Tim Saubers (click for bio)

 

Recruiting and Retaining Peer Staff

This affinity call will focus on strategies for effectively hiring and retaining staff. Topics to focus on include:

  • navigating background check and degree requirements;
  • pay and benefits;
  • onboarding and training of new staff.

Facilitators: Linda Ketcham and Carmella Glenn

   

 

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For questions about registration please contact Cindy Christy, christyc@umkc.edu

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