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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 one hour 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.

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

   

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

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItfuuvqzIpHNBwYZg3AgKp5klLopB24YYq

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.

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvdeGtqTkvGNz2XYb7FeedYsRlvYgzGifs

 

Affinity calls will be added monthy, stay tuned for future topics!

   

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Registration

Topics for Peer Superivsors

   

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)

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtceCtrTMsHd0XxEFCka6yLsK2nKKrumGb

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.

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kd--rrDkrG9IPJ8g5E56lSa5qMdOxoIJJ

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.

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEucuuvqz8oEtV67vzODVYTUAx6A_IWGOu2

 

Affinity calls will be added monthy, stay tuned for future topics!

   


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)


   

 

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.

Registration URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdumvqzgrH9d1uL33E4JqtgMXRnlo9WF_

   

 

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

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