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Pierce County – WaHCA Peer Continuing Education Series – Co-Occurring Disorders

November 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm



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Co-occurring Disorders Training for Peer Support Counselors is interactive and provides useful tools for Peer Support Counselors working with people who experience co-occurring disorders – the coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder. It will further define co-occurring disorders, introduce study results, the Stages of Change, relapse prevention, and cover the SAMHSA perspective. In a classroom setting, peer counselors will learn how to positively work with people who experience co-occurring disorders.


Sharon Holmes has over 20 years of formal work experience and education. She holds a Master Degree in Education from SIUC, IL, a graduate certificate in Human Resources from Chapman University now Brandman University in Orange, CA, and an Associate of Art and Science Degree from Pierce College, Lakewood, WA. Sharon worked as a WA State Certified Peer Counselor and has managed a team to facilitate change and empower women. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (CDPT). During her tenure as a  Recovery Educator; Sharon provided direct care management and instruction to clients with mental health and substance use challenges and/or co-occurring disorders. Sharon is owner of Ms. SharCo LLC and Inspiring Here & Now LLC which offers workforce educational trainings; and she is also an Independent Contractor, currently working as Training Coordinator for Hoping the Hope; coordinating WRAP and Continuing Educational trainings sponsored by the State of WA.  She is, facilitating Co-occurring Disorders training, a Certified Therapeutic Options Trainer, teaching de-escalation skills to Certified Peer Counselors, WRAP as an Advance Level WRAP Facilitator. Sharon is passionate about educating others; she sees the power of education as a tool to work for other as it is for her and it’s the focus of her work.

Lunch will not be provided.

Seating is limited, pre-registration is required. Priority will be given to employed certified peer counselors. Please send questions to Sharon Holmes at Sharon@holdingthehope.com.

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Washington State Health Care Authority & Holding the Hope

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6315 S 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466
Tacoma, WA 98466 US
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