(Session 1) Motivational Interviewing (MI)
is defined as “a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own commitment and motivation to change.” In this webinar, participants learned about the history of MI, the mind-set of MI, the processes that guide MI conversations, core interviewing skills of MI, and how to recognize and elicit change talk. Recovery Community Organizations and Peer-run Organizations described models of incorporating MI into training and certification of peer workers. The purpose of this webinar was to increase participants’ understanding of MI and its relation to Peer Support. Original Air Date: February 12, 2015.
(Session 2) Motivational Interviewing (MI)
is defined as “a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own commitment and motivation to change.” In this webinar, participants learned about the history of MI, the mind-set of MI, the processes that guide MI conversations, core interviewing skills of MI, and how to recognize and elicit change talk. Recovery Community Organizations and Peer-run Organizations described models of incorporating MI into training and certification of peer workers. The purpose of this webinar was to increase participants’ understanding of MI and its relation to Peer Support. Original Air Date: April 9, 2015.
Denise Camp, project coordinator and training specialist for On Our Own of Maryland gives the peer supporter perspective and Andy Bernstein, Ph.D., a psychologist from Tucson, AZ will examine self-disclosure on a broader scale.
Ted Thomas, program director for the Promise Recovery Network in Charlotte, NC, explores the realities of compassion fatigue for peer supporters. His presentation will include ways to avoid compassion fatigue or, once experienced, how to overcome it.
Build Your Resume
Join Steve Harrington, Director of the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), as he explores—through an interactive session—ways to build resumes, obtain employment and advance careers. These are important skills for peer supporters and those they support.
Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Leaders:
As pioneers within an emerging field, peer-run organizations and recovery community organizations have developed ethical codes of conduct in order to maintain high standards for these programs designed, implemented or operated by people in recovery. Ethical codes of conduct not only ensure the integrity of a recovery-orientation, they also reflect the recovery community principles, values and culture in all settings in which peer services are being offered. This webinar identified and presented examples of peer ethical codes and guidelines that are developed in a peer context and incorporated in peer and community settings. Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
Stress – Deadly Plague
Presented by Steve Harrington, Executive Director of iNAPS with Kathleen Roaleen, Psychologist and Steve Nawotniak, Occupational Therapist. The webinar explores stress in the healthcare workplace, including the sources of stress and strategies for managing stress.
Integrating Peers in the Workforce: Supervision and Organizational Culture
How can organizations effectively include peers workers in the delivery of behavioral health services, especially within direct care settings? Panelists discussed developing effective supervision, training of supervisors, and creating an organizational culture that respects and effectively employs peers. The session reviewed the importance of establishing clear policies, respect, organizational culture, and supervisory support for peers that promotes the health and wellness of the organization as well as individuals. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 5, 2015.
Why you should hire peer supporters:
Peer workers fill many roles and have many different job titles, such as peer recovery coach, peer specialist, peer wellness coach, peer navigator, and more. They work in a variety of settings, including addiction and mental health treatment settings, primary health care, peer-run/recovery community organizations, and more. Working in integrated primary and behavioral health care is a relatively new role for peers. Integrated care is defined as services in which providers consider all of an individual’s health conditions in the course of treatment, including physical illness, mental disorders, or substance use, in which these providers coordinate care for the person. There is an emerging body of information suggesting that integrated care programs contribute to a reduction of stigma and discrimination experienced by persons with mental health and substance use problems. For behavioral health programs, having peers in the workforce strengthens its commitment to person-centered and recovery-oriented approaches. Programs have found that peers can perform many tasks that are helpful to persons served and that peers tend to be more effective with outreach and engagement of people who have been reluctant to participate in behavioral health services. The purpose of this webinar was to increase participants’ understanding of the benefits of peer recovery support workers in a range of settings and roles. Original Air Date: September 18, 2014
Involving Peers in Promoting Health and Wellness https://center4si.adobeconnect.com/_a966410469/p7lp3hfgdr3/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal
Peer support services are a key element of whole health and integrated practice approaches to providing health care. This knowledge-building session examined ways that health care settings can employ peers to transform health care delivery and promote health and wellness. It included a discussion of whole health peer certifications. This session was part of the BRSS TACS 2015 Policy Academy: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. Original Air Date: May 6, 2015.
Strategies for Effective Supervision of a Growing Peer Workforce
Description: This webinar examines how your organization’s supervisors can obtain the skills and confidence to nurture the staff we so desperately need, want, and depend on and the unique challenges that can arise as peers become a vital part of your staffing pattern. Our expert panelists also discuss issues around reimbursement and workforce retention.
Pillars of Supervision for Peer Support Specialists
Description: The work of the recently completed 2014 Pillars of Peer Support Summit, at The Carter Center in Atlanta, has generated a set of pillars of supervision for Peer Support Specialists. These provisions can provide direction to the states and behavioral health field on how best to provide supervision for this workforce. This is a key issue in the evolution of peer support services, and the specialist’s roles in behavioral health systems of care. The webinar will provide background information on peer support services, key elements of the supervision process, and the Pillars of Peer Support Supervision. This webinar can provide essential and important technical assistance for this key workforce issue.
“Peer Support Specialist: A Comprehensive Overview of the Varying Roles of an Emerging Workforce”
Description: As the workforce of peer support specialists continues to expand, new roles continue to emerge. This webinar will offer a comprehensive overview of the multiple roles that adult and parent peer support specialists play in organizations across the nation. Our experts will discuss important topics such as developing appropriate job descriptions, ensuring that peers receive the support they need in this demanding work, and future workforce expansion opportunities for peers. Please join us for this very informative discussion and learn more about the exciting world of peer support.