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The Struggle is Real…

Being a peer supporter is a tough role to navigate alone. The system is based on clinical principles and hasn’t completely caught up to the need for people like us who have lived recovery and know what it takes to get well.

Peer Supporters provide a unique service and point of view that has been previously missing in the clinical environment. We have lived through the treatment experience and are in active recovery. We know what our clients are going through in a way that clinical experts cannot. Unfortunately, many of us are working in isolation and may not have received comprehensive training in all the skills required to successfully manage the many unique situations we face.

Because we are on the front lines supporting our peers, it is essential that we have a proven set of skills and techniques we can rely on to help our clients succeed.

Pre-Order the CARES Toolkit

Only $299 Until December 31st

Order Now Before Price Goes up to $599!

Order before the end of the conference on December 13th
& get Special Bonus Training Course Free!

That is a $749 value for only $299!

Essential Skills for Peer Supporters

Training and techniques for providing strengths-based recovery support for your clients.

Why It Works

The CARES toolkit was created by two Washintgon state Certified Peer Counselors who also happen to be expert trainers specializing in Peer Support basic and on-going education.  The toolkit relies heavily on studies of peer support services conducted by the University of Washington .

The 5 Categories of Peer Support Work

Five general categories were identified in the studies and we worked with specialists in these areas to create twelve training modules that fit into these 5 categories essential to every Peer Supporter. They include:

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Advocacy Skills
  3. Recovery & Resiliency Skills
  4. Empowerment Skills
  5. Skills Specific To Working In A Professional Environment

 

The CARES Toolkit Modules

Inside each module are 1-hour training sessions complete with supporting resources and materials. The specific topics include:

  • Advocacy For Peers You Support
  • Strengths Based Peer Support
  • Ethics & Boundaries
  • Group Facilitation
  • Culturally Informed Peer Support
  • Relationship Building
  • Suicide Safe Peer Support
  • Advocating For Yourself At Work
  • Documentation
  • Wellness & Balance For You & The Peers You Support
  • Trauma Informed Peer Support
  • Telling Your Story

See full details on each of the training modules and see the bios of the trainers

Course Details

Each of the 12 modules covers the hard and soft skills training specific to recovery coaching and support. They include:

  • A purpose statement as to why the skill is essential to the Peer/Coach relationship
  • An overview of terms to deepen your understanding and insure clear communication
  •  A 60-minute training video with a subject matter expert who has tested these techniques in the field with specific information on:
    • How this topic plays a role in relapse prevention
    • How to use an approach that is accessible and works with existing substance use disorder and mental health issues
    • Including a Youth and Youth in Transition perspective  when possible
    • Use of culturally and linguistically inclusive language
  • Tools to transmit the information to the peer you are supporting or coaching
  • Exercises for skill-building practice
  • Quick tips
  • Relevant literature or apps for further learning

 

The Struggle is Real…

Being a peer supporter is a tough role to navigate alone. The system is based on clinical principles and hasn’t completely caught up to the need for people like us who have lived recovery and know what it takes to get well.

Peer Supporters provide a unique service and point of view that has been previously missing in the clinical environment. We have lived through the treatment experience and are in active recovery. We know what our clients are going through in a way that clinical experts cannot. Unfortunately, many of us are working in isolation and may not have received comprehensive training in all the skills required to successfully manage the many unique situations we face.

Because we are on the front lines supporting our peers, it is essential that we have a proven set of skills and techniques we can rely on to help our clients succeed.

Pre-Order the CARES Toolkit

Only $299 Until December 31st

Order Now Before Price Goes up to $599!

Order before the end of the conference on December 13th
& get Special Bonus Training Course Free!

That is a $749 value for only $299!

Essential Skills for Peer Supporters

Training and techniques for providing strengths-based recovery support for your clients.

Why It Works

The CARES toolkit was created by two Washintgon state Certified Peer Counselors who also happen to be expert trainers specializing in Peer Support basic and on-going education.  The toolkit relies heavily on studies of peer support services conducted by the University of Washington .

The 5 Categories of Peer Support Work

Five general categories were identified in the studies and we worked with specialists in these areas to create twelve training modules that fit into these 5 categories essential to every Peer Supporter. They include:

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Advocacy Skills
  3. Recovery & Resiliency Skills
  4. Empowerment Skills
  5. Skills Specific To Working In A Professional Environment

 

The CARES Toolkit Modules

Inside each module are 1-hour training sessions complete with supporting resources and materials. The specific topics include:

  • Advocacy For Peers You Support
  • Strengths Based Peer Support
  • Ethics & Boundaries
  • Group Facilitation
  • Culturally Informed Peer Support
  • Relationship Building
  • Suicide Safe Peer Support
  • Advocating For Yourself At Work
  • Documentation
  • Wellness & Balance For You & The Peers You Support
  • Trauma Informed Peer Support
  • Telling Your Story

See full details on each of the training modules and see the bios of the trainers

Course Details

Each of the 12 modules covers the hard and soft skills training specific to recovery coaching and support. They include:

  • A purpose statement as to why the skill is essential to the Peer/Coach relationship
  • An overview of terms to deepen your understanding and insure clear communication
  •  A 60-minute training video with a subject matter expert who has tested these techniques in the field with specific information on:
    • How this topic plays a role in relapse prevention
    • How to use an approach that is accessible and works with existing substance use disorder and mental health issues
    • Including a Youth and Youth in Transition perspective  when possible
    • Use of culturally and linguistically inclusive language
  • Tools to transmit the information to the peer you are supporting or coaching
  • Exercises for skill-building practice
  • Quick tips
  • Relevant literature or apps for further learning

 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE
An online conference for connection and C.A.R.E.

December 13, 2018 from 9 am - 6 pm
(all times shown are Pacific Standard Time)

9 am - 10 am

Laugh It Off

Speaker: David Granirer Join us as David brings his extraordinary wit and wisdom to start off our day of extraordinary learning.

10:15 - 11:15 am

Trauma Informed Peer Support

Speaker: Leah HarrisHealing from trauma happens in relationship: we know this from both neuroscience and from lived experience. And it’s why peer support is at the center of any trauma-informed program or approach. But what does it mean to provide...

10:15 - 11:15 am

Advocating for Yourself at Work

Speaker:  Maggie Taylor  Self-advocacy is vital to this relatively new field; providers within the clinical setting may struggle to incorporate peers in a meaningful way. It is the responsibility of the RSS to educate and raise awareness, as to not only...

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

7 Keys to Success: Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Specialists

Speaker:  Beth Gould Experience a solid overview of Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Specialists using real scenarios. This lively workshop was created using the ethical guidelines created by the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNaps), which...

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Support Group Facilitation

Speaker: Sharon Holmes

Session Cancelled

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Culturally Informed Peer Support

Speaker: Julianne Gale As peer counselors, we can be strong advocates for culturally specific recovery. This workshop will explore some ways to draw upon cultural strengths, increase cross-cultural understanding, and move towards healing justice in order...

12:55 pm - 1:45 pm

Building Ethical Relationships in the Behavioral Health Field

Speaker:  Stephanie LaneThis workshop caters to certified peer counselors in rural areas. Come learn how to effectively begin, nurture, and end a peer relationship(s). Learn how to integrate into a clinical team in a non-clinical manner in order to prove...

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Advocating for Others, With Attention to Young People

Speaker:  Michaela I. Fissel  This webinar will provide a basic overview of what it means to engage in advocacy when delivering peer services, approaches that enhance confidence, self-efficacy, and personal agency; along with self-care strategies...

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Suicide Safer Peer Support

Speaker:  Mary JadwisiakThe peers we work with are at increased risk of suicide.  This workshop will provide you with the skills you need to identify when a person may be at risk of suicide and how to respond.  You will learn how to C.A.R.E.  Connect, Ask,...

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Strengths Based Services

Speaker: Garry Lewis

Session Cancelled

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Strengths Based Services

Speaker: Garry Lewis

Session Cancelled

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Work Life Balance and Wellness

Speaker:  Mia CoxAs a parent partner in community mental health, being a working professional and single mom, I have learned the importance of having tools to create appropriate work/life balance and maintaining wellness. In this brief introduction to Work...

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Telling Your Story

Speaker: Lorrin GehringYour story of recovery is what gives you authority. Knowing how and when to disclose your story is a big part of the effectiveness of your work as a peer. This workshop will help you sort out the power of telling your story.

5:30 pm

Closing Statements

By Stephanie Lane and Mary Jadwisiak

What worked? What do you want to see more of? How can we continue to help you in your work?

Need Some Help With Financing?

How To Get Support From Your Agency or Association

Sometimes we all need a little help with getting the boss to pay for training, so we created this template you can copy & paste in an email, so they can get the Toolkit for you and your department.

Dear Boss,

I would love to be more successful in my job and I think I’ve found a way to do that. I’d love to get this training designed specifically for Peer Supporters to give me the skills and techniques I need to be more successful with our clients.

As you know, Peer Supporters provide a unique service with the agency.  We are people who have personal experience of what works and why. We also understand what it takes for an individual to succeed in the system. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to receive comprehensive in-depth training in all the areas of competency we are required to work in to fulfill our role.

The CARES training toolkit will ensure all peer advisors have a solid set of basic skills around the five core competencies that have been identified as essential to every Peer Support Specialist.

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Advocacy Skills
  3. Recovery & Resiliency Skills
  4. Empowerment Skills
  5. Skills Specific To Working In A Professional Environment

What that means for our department is that Peer Counselors will be more efficient and better able to deliver service to our clients. Because of these efficiencies we can:

  • Increase billable hours
  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Reduce liability
  • Increase our clients’ success rates

We’ll be more knowledgeable and equipped with an array of tools to support our clients. Because some of the essential skill training includes sections on ethics and boundaries, your liability risk will go down. In addition, one of the training sessions is dedicated to documentation and clinical notation which will ensure Medicaid records are properly documented which will reduce billing issues.

Studies show that well-trained peer advisors help reduce the chance of relapses, increase adherence to treatment plans and reduce the risk of rehospitalization of our clients.

But, most importantly, this toolkit will help us support the clients as they work toward gettiing their lives back!  Recovery is possible and this toolkit will give me the tools I need to support people in achieving recovery. 

The toolkit is on sale for $299 until December 31st.  After that it goes up to $599.  If we buy it before the end of the day on December 13, 2018 we will also get a link to an additional 4 hour video of Mary Jadwisiak’s Mental Health Recovery & Resiliency workshop, along with a PDF for the companion workbook. Click here to check it out.

Pre-Order the CARES Toolkit

Only $299 Until December 31st

Order Now Before Price Goes up to $599!

Order before the end of the conference on December 13th
& get Special Bonus Training Course Free!

That is a $749 value for only $299!

Essential Skills for Peer Supporters

Training and techniques for providing strengths-based recovery support for your clients.

About the Creators of the CARES Toolkit

Mary Jadwisiak

Mary JadwisiakMary Jadwisiak graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University. She is an internationally sought out consultant and trainer for her expertise in behavioral health recovery and suicide prevention. Mary provides insightful and practical workshops based on 20 years of advocacy work, 14 years of work in the field of suicide prevention, and her personal recovery journey. Her consultation services provide practical tools for systems, agencies and front-line staff to apply to their work. The power of Hope is infused throughout her work.  Mary understands the power of hope because her life has been transformed by it. Her personal story of recovery from PTSD, addiction, poverty and isolation is woven though out each keynote, workshop or consultation that she provides.

Stephanie Lane MSW, MHP, CPC

Stephanie LaneStephanie Lane has been a youth engagement specialist for 15 years and works within the boundaries of system of care values and principles. She is currently the Program Director for the Workforce Development Collaborative. She has expertise in creating and licensing Behavioral Health Agencies, writing policies and procedures, training on certified peer counseling and she facilitated the creation of the Youth and Family Certified Peer Counseling training. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for CVAB, a Washington state peer run organization, Cascade Pacific Advisory Board for Medicaid Integration and Transformation and is a member of the Office of Consumer Partnerships Certified Peer Counseling Ad Hoc Advisory Committee.

Beth Gould

Beth Gould is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.

Beth Handewith Gould has been working in Peer Services since 2002. She has worked as a State and National Trainer for the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Program, as National Field Manager for the NAMI Connection Support Group program and served as a Certified Peer Specialist at the Skagit County Crisis Center. She also writes and presents continuing education curriculum for Peer Counselors and is a certified WRAP trainer. As the owner of Greater Vision Life Coaching, LLC, Beth’s individual coaching sessions and group workshops offer life-changing opportunities for personal growth and development.  Beth is grateful for the wisdom and insights encountered on her recovery journey.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity through Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute and expects to be ordained in Spring of 2020.

Julianne Gale

Julianne Gale is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.

Julianne Gale, MA, MAT, AAC, CPC is a youth peer counselor in rural Mason County, WA. She has been involved in various types of peer-based counseling since 2010. A queer Jewish woman of color, Julianne has a passion for social and environmental justice community organizing. Since 2007, she has collaborated with organizations such as youTHink, Gender Justice LA Theatre of the Oppressed, Dignity & Power Now, Black Lives Matter LA, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Winyan Camp, Sustaining All Life, United to End Racism, A Window Between Worlds, The Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting, and more.

David Granirer

David Granirer is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.Keynote Speaker, David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, M.S.M. is a counselor, stand-up comic, author, and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH), a program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. David who himself has depression, is featured in the VOICE Award winning documentary Cracking Up. He also received a Life Unlimited Award from Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, an Award of Excellence from the National Council of Behavioral Health, a Champion of Mental Health Award, and a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and was recognized as one of the 150 Canadian Difference Makers in mental health. He works with mental health organizations in Canada, the U.S., and Australia to train and perform with SMH groups in dozens of cities. www.standupformentalhealth.com 

Garry Lewis

Garry Lewis is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.Garry D. Lewis considers himself a peer in recovery of Mental Health and Substance use. He has overcome his own personal challenges of Bi-Polar and Substance use by remaining positive and productive, “living life on life’s terms,” and celebrates his [almost] eight years of recovery. His wellness has led him to work in the Mental health field as Director of a Peer Run Drop-In-Center for the Spindletop Center in Beaumont, Texas. There, individuals in recovery find support, encouragement and hope. Gary is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator, Advanced WRAP Facilitator, Recovery Coach Trainer, Co-Occurring Disorder Facilitator as well an Emotional CPR (ECPR) Apprentice. Gary advocates for himself as well as his peers and understands that recovery can help improve quality of life.

Leah Harris

Leah Harris is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.Leah Harris, M.A., is a mother, advocate, and storyteller who has written and spoken widely about her lived experiences of trauma, addiction, mental health challenges, and healing/resilience. She is passionate about promoting trauma-informed approaches across systems, sectors, and communities, and is a national lead trainer in the Trauma-Informed Peer Support curriculum developed for SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care. She is also a suicide attempt survivor who works to help change our national approach to suicide prevention and intervention to be more trauma-responsive and informed by the lived experience of attempt and loss survivors. Leah is also devoted to sharing mind-body resilience skills and creative expressive arts, including theatre and storytelling, as vehicles for trauma resolution and personal and collective healing and empowerment. To learn more about her and her work visit leahidaharris.com

Lorrin Gehring

Lorrin Gehring is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.Lorrin Gehring, is a passionate leader who began advocating for youth rights in her early teen years. In her career she has been fortunate to serve as an Advocate, a Case Manager, a Resource Specialist, a Social Marketer, a Director, a Teacher and a Peer.

In each of these positions she has advocated for young people to have a voice and choice in their lives and the systems that serve them. She has authored numerous articles on youth involvement and is the 2011 Voice Award recipient for excellence in the field of youth advocacy, as well as the 2012 Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth Rockstar awardee. Lorrin is currently the Program Director for Statewide Youth Sound in Washington. Her favorite color is green, and she is an award-winning karaoke singer holding a first-place award for best worst karaoke performance- she’s got passion.

Maggie Taylor

Maggie Taylor is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.Maggie Taylor is a Recovery Support Specialist, who has a Bachelor’s in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. She is the Advocacy and Education Program Manager, at Advocacy Unlimited, and has formerly served in the field as a Community Bridger. Maggie feels that it was an act of faith that brought her to the peer movement; she was working as a Nutrition Educator when she received an email with an invitation to a CT Hearing Voices Network training. At that training Maggie met peers from Focus on Recovery, and instantly knew that she had found “her tribe” and started working there shortly after. “I could not imagine working with people in any other capacity outside of the peer role; my hope is that I am able to combine both, my education and lived experience to communicate issues that broaden the perspectives of both, people living with diagnoses, and their communities.

Mia Cox

Mia Cox is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.

Mia Cox has worked professionally in Community Mental Health since 2016 and was first introduced to TIC at that time. She obtained Certification as a Peer Counselor through WA State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. With an additional 20+ years of counseling in pastoral care, and 35+ years of lived experience in behavioral health and being a trauma survivor, she is passionate about “Person First” and “Collaborative Care” which are key concepts in using a Trauma Informed approach with clients as well as staff. As a Peer Counselor, she fundamentally believes each individuals recovery journey is unique, people are the expert on themselves, and they get to be in the driver seat of their treatment. She is a model of Hope and believes recovery is possible for anyone.

Michaela Fissel

Michaela Fissel is a Holding the Hope speaker for 2018 Webinar.Michaela I. Fissel has been actively involved in the behavioral health field since achieving recovery in 2007, at the age of 21. Since that time, Michaela has risen as an advocate who actively seeks to ensure that the opportunity of recovery is available to all young people within Connecticut. Over the past 10 years, Michaela conducted a series of research projects to explore recovery during the transition to adulthood through the perspective of young people. Identifying the relationship between recovery and the transition to adulthood as a highly subjective and internal process, marked by the gradual attainment of intrinsic qualities, Michaela has begun to explore the integration of mindfulness-based practices in supporting both processes. In conjunction with her research, Michaela shares her personal experiencing navigating the challenges of surviving personally devastating circumstances and evidence informed strategies that have supported her healing journey.