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Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists

The purpose of this training series is to provide recurring opportunities for peer recovery support specialists from across the country to build foundational skills that are necessary for effective peer support service provision. Each of the 6 topics will be offered twice per year* in order to accommodate PRSS who are new to the field and those who would like to brush up on their basics. Additionally, these trainings may serve as an option for TA requesters looking to build their skills as PRSS.

In complement to the Communities of Practice, these training sessions will be structured in such a way as to support concrete skill development including group discussion, presentation, facilitated activities, and more. Through this training series we aim to better equip the PRSS workforce with the skills necessary for the effective, professional, and intentional provision of peer support services.

Intended Audience: This training series is for Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS). Participants may register for one or all six trainings in this series!

All session will be held at:

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
(1pm - 4pm Central / 12pm - 3pm Mountain / 11am - 2pm Pacific)
All dates below are 2022

Participants will receive certificates of participation for each training they have attended. Please remember to enter your name in registration the exact way you would like it to appear on your certificate.

* The Peer Recovery CoE will offer this series again in 2023.

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Building Advocacy Skills

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
(1pm - 4pm Central / 12pm - 3pm Mountain / 11am - 2pm Pacific)

Registration URL: https://utexas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdeygqj8iHdx0sDkYxx3JIGMQLHGDckEx

photo AFacilitator: Yaffa Abojaradeh is an award-winning disabled, mad, trans, queer, Muslim, indigenous Palestinian. Mx. Yaffa conducts transformative work around displacement, decolonization, equity, and centering lived experiences of individuals most impacted by injustice. Mx. Yaffa is a storyteller and an equity and transformation consultant, having shared their story with over 100,000 audience members at speaking events globally. Mx. Yaffa has worked in over two dozen countries, and specializes in global and community vision building. Mx. Yaffa is an engineer, with a specialty in sustainability and social engineering, a peer support specialist, and an equity and transformation consultant. Mx. Yaffa is the Founder of several non-profits and community projects, such as CT Mutual Aid, and Life in My Days. For the last few years, Mx. Yaffa has also been a Master Recovery Educator, facilitating the RI Peer Support Certification training nationally to certify individuals as Peer Support Specialists. Mx. Yaffa has a MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen's University Belfast, a Childhood Traumatic Stress graduate certificate from the Boston Trauma Center, and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from WPI. Mx. Yaffa currently serves as a board member for TransLifeline and is a former co-chair of the International Association of Peer Supporters board.

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Supporting People Navigating "Crisis"

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
(1pm - 4pm Central / 12pm - 3pm Mountain / 11am - 2pm Pacific)

Registration URL: https://utexas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqdeyrqjkjHtCoDWfVAqw3hMGDBvvW4SFY

Facilitator: Nze Okoronta is the Peer Services Manager for Solstice House, a peer run respite and Warmline operated by SOAR Case Management, a small nonprofit organization in Madison, WI with the mission of serving individuals who have experienced mental health and/or substance use challenges. Nze became a Certified Peer Specialist in Wisconsin in April of 2021, and a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Trainer in August of 2021. Nze began her journey in peer support while working as a program specialist for a behavioral health organization in Madison, WI. She earned a certificate in substance use counseling and was given an opportunity to work within a culturally responsive program serving individuals of Black/African descent. Prior to peer support, Nze contributed by providing service as the Intake Coordinator for Journey Mental Health's UJIMA Program and the Sun Prairie Programs Coordinator for Porchlight, Inc. She also has experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultation and program development. Nze is passionate about peer support in Wisconsin and views peer support work as a fundamentally restorative practice. She believes peer work has the power to reduce and prevent systemic harm, support marginalized communities in a more complete way, and bring radical acceptance to the forefront of mental health and substance use care. In her personal time, Nze loves to read, write, create art and spend time in nature.

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Exploring Multiple Pathways to Recovery

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
(1pm - 4pm Central / 12pm - 3pm Mountain / 11am - 2pm Pacific)

Registration URL: https://utexas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdemqqz4jH9yYNdXUGKJq8t8YsulV8M2w

photo, Shandelle FriedmanFacilitator: Shandelle Friedman is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with 2 years of experience working in the field. Working with members of her local Sober Squad Chapter, she developed a desire to help others navigate the challenges faced by those recovering from substance use challenges. She now works as an ADC-T for her organization and finds peer support to be a vital part of the recovery process.


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Developing Skills as Professionals

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
(1pm - 4pm Central / 12pm - 3pm Mountain / 11am - 2pm Pacific)

Registration URL: https://utexas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0of-itrz4sGNLAIP-fPN5LLXEl7wkYu2aT

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Facilitator: Sera Davidow is a filmmaker, activist, advocate, author, and mother of two very busy kids. As a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse as a child and relationship violence as an adult, Sera has faced many challenges throughout her own healing process, including many ups and downs with suicidal thoughts, and self-injury. At present, she spends much of her time working as Director of the Wildflower Alliance (formerly known as the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community), which includes Afiya Peer Respite, recently recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of about two dozen exemplary, rights-based programs operating across the world. She also serves on several boards including the Massachusetts Disability Law Center (DLC) Board of Directors, the DLC’s Council Against Institutional and Psychiatric Abuse (CAIPA), as an advisory board member for the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTM), and as a founding Board member of Hearing Voices USA. You can learn more about Sera and her work in an April, 2018 article in Sun Magazine: http://tiny.cc/openmindSD

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Understanding and Supporting Mental Health Experiences

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
(1pm - 4pm Central / 12pm - 3pm Mountain / 11am - 2pm Pacific)

Registration URL: https://utexas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlfu6srDMtH9ZNMgWw1FJEqNdtYn4Nl8TJ

photo jessi davisFacilitator: Jessi Davis (she/they) is an experienced Program Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the Peer Support, Mental Health, and Substance Use Recovery fields. Jessi is known for work surrounding Youth and Young Adult Peer Support training, technical assistance, and leadership. Their qualifications include: Mental Health Peer Specialist, Recovery Support Peer Specialist, Peer Recovery Support Specialist - Transitional Aged Youth, and Digital Peer Support certifications. Currently working at the South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Jessi works to provide support, technical assistance, and training to the peer workforce throughout the 5 states and all tribal communities within Region 6. They have spent much of their career focused on Youth and Young Adult Peer Support and are currently the President of the National Association of Peer Supporters.


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Navigating Ethics and Boundaries

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
(1pm - 4pm Central / 12pm - 3pm Mountain / 11am - 2pm Pacific)

Registration URL: https://utexas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpde2tqjkoGNELQAE_QUffSSbUttbs9Tud

photo tim saubersFacilitator: Tim Saubers is a person with lived experience with both mental health and substance use challenges who got his start as a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist in 2016, and has worked in direct support and supervisory roles. He previously managed Wisconsin’s Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Parent Peer Specialist state certification programs. Currently, he serves as the Program Coordinator for Workforce Development with the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence at the Addiction Research Institute within the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin through a partnership with the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Additionally, Tim sits on a variety of state and national committees and workgroups including serving as Vice President of the board of the National Association of Peer Supporters, among others. Tim centers the principles of equity and justice in his work while moving not just to disrupt and reform systems, but to create new systems in their entirety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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