Faces and Places of Peer Support is a monthly webinar series of the Academy of Peer Services Virtual Community of Practice highlighting excellence in peer support programs.
Peer Workforce Integration
Action Planning and Implementation: A four-session lunchtime series
This four-session series on Action Planning and Implementation helps organizations to drive change towards practices that support the integration of the peer workforce. It draws from the ideas presented in the Action Planning and Implementation Guide developed by the NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium and applies to the inclusion of peers in the workforce anywhere. The series offers guidance on the transition from assessing organizational strengths and needs to collaboratively developing and implementing a measurable, action-oriented plan to address identified areas for improvement.
This session introduced key concepts of implementation, organizational readiness for change, collective efficacy, and commitment to change. It presented resources and tools that can help to guide this process and discuss the critical role of collaboration in producing outcomes and reaching organizational goals. The session was presented by Aviva Cohen, Consortium Coordinator and featured Leila Clark, OMH Regional Advocacy Specialist talking about getting the conversation started on the development of Communities of Practice. The session was moderated by Curtis Dann-Messier, new Director of the Consortium.
This session offered guidance on preparing for and conducting group conversations about the needs of an organization. The session highlighted strategies for increasing the comfort and engagement of those who join in the organization’s planning process. It emphasized the use of a strengths-based approach and discussed how an organization-specific action plan can be built, while including the development of specific, measurable goals within an agreed upon time frame. With presentations by Aviva Cohen, Consortium Coordinator and Curtis Dann-Messier, Consortium Director featuring a conversation with Carrie Shockley, Director of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Institute for Worker Education at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
June 3, 12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern
Session 3: Keeping the Action Active | Register
This session presents strategies that can be used to address barriers related to engagement of employees and the sustainability of efforts over time. It discusses ways to re-evaluate and address needs that shift over time and will communication strategies to support sustained engagement.
June 10, 12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern
Session 4: How did it go? Evaluation of your implementation | Register
This session discusses methods for evaluating progress towards organizational goals and on applying concepts of Continuous Quality Improvement in the implementation process. It defines and differentiates between measurement of implementation processes and measurement of implementation outcomes.
Previously Recorded Webinars 2020
Supporting Older Adults – Part 1: Honoring their Strengths
Michelle Zechner, Clinton Green, Liz Breier, Gayle Bluebird, Deb Trueheart, and Shanti Vani (Broadcast March 30, 2020)
Presentation Slides | Resource List
This is now available as a 1.5 hour CE Course in the Academy of Peer Services.
Supporting Older Adults – Part 2: Supporting Transitions
Gayle Bluebird, Celia Brown, Richard Laudor, Deb Trueheart, and Shanti Vani.
Moderators: Clinton Green and Liz Breier (Broadcast April 20, 2020)
Presentation Slides | Resource List
Now available for 1.5 hour CE Course in the Academy of Peer Services.
Supporting Older Adults – Part 3: Our Elders Speak
Gayle Bluebird, Harvey Rosenthal, Peter Ashenden, Angela Cerio, George Ebert, Carole Haye-Collier
Moderators: Harvey Rosenthal and Pat Feinberg (Broadcast May 14, 2020)
Presentation Slides| Recording (coming soon)
Coming soon: 2 hour CE Course in the Academy of Peer Services.
Earlier Recorded Webinars
North Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL), Jail Diversion Program in Lewis County with Karen Boliver and Aileen Martin (Hosted by OMH Regional Advocacy Specialist, Garrett Smith). (Broadcast on February 27.)
Presentation Slides | Recording
Peer Support: State Credentials, Continuing Education, Retention / Recruitment Strategies with Amy Spagnolo and Rita Cronise
Produced for the National Council for Behavioral Health. (Broadcast February 6, 2020.)
Presentation Slides | Handout | Recording
Recorded Webinars 2019
A Tale of Two Peer Certifications, with Joe Swinford and Ruth Riddick.
This webinar explored the benefits of certification and the distinctions between the Certified (Mental Health) Peer Specialist (CPS) and Certified (Substance Use) Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA). (Broadcast November 1, 2019) | Recording
Peer Career Advancement
with Gita Enders, Kevin Cleare, Liz Breier and Jessica WolfPart of the New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium’s Leadership and Professional Development Series
(Broadcast on August 9, 2019.)
A Needs-Based Toolkit for Organizational Readiness and Peer Workforce Integration with Aviva Cohen
Supporting Financial Wellness with Oscar Jimenez-Solomon; part of the New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium’s Leadership and Professional Development Series
(Broadcast on June 14, 2019)
Website | Recording
Wellness for Personal and Professional Practice with Peggy Swarbrick; part of the New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium’s Leadership and Professional Development Series
(Broadcast on May 10, 2019)
Website | Recording
Supervision Series Webinars
To access a separate list of recorded webinars in our series for Supervisors click here.
Visit our Calendar for upcoming for the peer support workforce.
The webinars are organized and provided as part of the Virtual Learning Community with support by the New York State Office of Mental Health, Office of Consumer Affairs, Regional Advocacy Specialists.