September 2022 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice

“HEART at Esperanza: Healing Ethno- And Racial Trauma From the Inside Out” with Evelyn Cruz and Dr. Alyssa M Ramírez Stege

September 15th, 2022 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

Facilitators:

Evelyn Cruz

Evelyn Cruz is currently the Director for Program Planning and Evaluation at Centro Hispano, Inc. where she provides leadership for Esperanza: Nuestra Cultura de Salud, a community and academic partnership funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program to promote equity for Latine mental wellbeing and wellness. Evelyn has over 20 years of program design, development and implementation focused on improving the health of racial and ethnic populations in Wisconsin.

Dr. Alyssa Marie Ramírez Stege

Dr. Alyssa M. Ramírez Stege is a counseling psychologist from Cholula, Puebla, México. She is the Director of the Esperanza Bilingual Psychological Services Certificate in partnership with Centro Hispano of Dane County and housed in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on understanding and developing culturally-affirming Latinx-centered psychotherapeutic training and practices through a decolonization framework that integrates indigenous knowledge in community-based approaches. For more information about Esperanza, visit: https://esperanza.wisc.edu/

 

Description:

Presenters will review the HEART (Healing Ethno- And Racial Trauma) Model (Chávez-Dueñas et al., 2019) created to address trauma in immigrant Latine populations, provide an overview of the theoretical frameworks foundational to begin addressing this concern in a Latine-centered community-based workforce, and facilitate dialogue on how participants can bring “lessons learned” into their own practice.

We invite you to please fill out the evaluation survey link (click here) if you attended this community of practice gathering or if you watch the recordingThe survey will close at 4:30pm on Thursday, September 29th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on October 6th, 2022. No evaluation surveys will be accepted for CEH credit after the evaluation survey’s closing date/time.

This website is managed and maintained by staff at Access to Independence working on the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative. The words, views, and values presented herein are not necessarily representative of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

July 2022 Supervisor’s of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

“Peer Support Values and Documentation”

July 28th, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CT

Facilitator:

Victoria (Vic) Welle: Vic is peer support trainer who brings many years of experience providing peer support in diverse settings. Vic’s work experience includes community-based peer support, supervising peer supporters in a peer respite program, and working within the Comprehensive Community Services program in Wisconsin. Vic is a statewide trainer for the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative, a national trainer for Intentional Peer Support, and serves on the board of the peer-run organization Wisconsin Milkweed Alliance (WIMA).

Description:

Documentation, how do we complete this required task while holding true to our peer support values? Guest Facilitator, Vic Welle explored the topics, “Peer Support Values and Documentation,” with hope and engaged us in a broader conversation about values and advocacy around documentation on Thursday, July 28th, 2022. The Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative’s goal is to continue to provide mutually collaborative spaces where we all learn together to deepen our values in peer support while holding fidelity to the peer support framework.

We would love for you to share space with us each month, for our Communities of Practices as we will continue explore topics aligning with our work, supporting others and deepening our values. If you would like to stay informed or would enjoy receiving a reminder, please sign up to receive email updates by clicking About Us, then, scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for updates on the latest news. We hope to engage with you soon!

We invite you to please fill out the evaluation survey link (click here) if you attended this community of practice gathering or if you watch the recordingThe survey will close at 4:30pm on Thursday, August 11th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on August 18th, 2022. No evaluation surveys will be accepted for CEH credit after the evaluation survey’s closing date/time.

This website is managed and maintained by staff at Access to Independence working on the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative. The words, views, and values presented herein are not necessarily representative of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

July 2022 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

“Practicing Harm Reduction in Peer Support”

July 21st, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CT

Facilitator:

Rene Livingston-DeTienne: Rene is a queer, black woman, recovery advocate, artist, and writer  She is a person in long-term recovery, having a history of trauma, mental wellness, and substance use challenges, and now works as a Certified Peer Specialist Trainer. Rene is a student at Edgewood College, where she will complete a Bachelor’s in Art Therapy in December. She is passionate about both art and  the Peer Recovery Movement, and plans to utilize those skills as a Substance Use Counselor. Her long term goals include a Master’s in Art Therapy and one day opening a non-profit in Madison.

Tanya Kraege: Tanya is the Drug Poisoning Prevention Team Manager at Safe Communities MDC. She specializes in working with people with substance use challenges, women using substances during pregnancy, trauma, relationships, and mental health challenges. Tanya has worked in the field of mental health and substance use for 14 years and currently oversees Recovery Coaches and Certified Peer Specialists who work in a variety of environments in Dane County, Wisconsin to support people with substance use challenges and affected families. Over the past few years in this role, Tanya has secured grant funding to design and implement a Salesforce-based, recovery practice management solution, that has increased productivity by 40% in peer provider management and has given the flexibility to serve over 1600 people in her community. Tanya also works as a crisis worker at Dane County Crisis and consults around the Country regarding anti-stigma work and peer provider programs. Tanya played a role in the Health Care Task Force on Safe Opioid Prescribing by participating in the academic detailing program for working with clinicians on co-prescribing Naloxone with opioid prescription medications. In addition to being a Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, and a community advocate. Tanya is also a Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Trainer and Certified Peer Specialist Trainer, using her story of addiction and recovery to help others gain hope and insight into new ways of living.

Description:

In this interactive CoP, we will be exploring varying definitions of harm reduction, as well as the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes around this model.  We’ll discuss the myths and facts about harm reduction, how harm reduction can show up in peer relationships, and how employers can support harm reduction in the work we do.

We invite you to please fill out the evaluation survey link (click here) if you attended this community of practice gathering or if you watch the recordingThe survey will close at 4:30pm on Thursday, August 4th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on August 11th, 2022. No evaluation surveys will be accepted for CEH credit after the evaluation survey’s closing date/time.

This website is managed and maintained by staff at Access to Independence working on the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative. The words, views, and values presented herein are not necessarily representative of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

May 2022 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

A Panel Discussion on “Peer Support and Substance Use” ~ May 19th, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CDT

Unfortunately, despite our efforts, we could not get ASL interpreters for this panel discussion. We will continue to work towards getting ASL interpreters for future communities of practice.

Panelist:

Rene Livingston-DeTienne is a queer, black woman, recovery advocate, artist, and writer She is a person in long-term recovery, having a history of trauma, mental wellness, and substance use challenges, and now works as a Certified Peer Specialist Trainer. Rene is a student at Edgewood College, where she will complete a Bachelor’s in Art Therapy in December. She is passionate about both art and the Peer Recovery Movement, and plans to utilize those skills as a Substance Use Counselor. Her long term goals include a Master’s in Art Therapy and one day opening a non-profit in Madison.

Lana Hamilton is a Recovery Coach/Certified Peer Specialist/Doula for Safe Communities. She works in the Jail2Recovery, ER2Recovery, Treatment Readiness, Comprehensive Community Services, and Pregnancy2Recovery programs. She is also a part of Madison’s new Addiction Resource Team and believes it is an honor and a privilege to use her lived experience with others. Today, she enjoys time with her family, biking, hiking, cooking, and sewing. She is also a first time pet owner adding the joy of cats into her life! She has become an asset to her community now that she has experienced the miracle of recovery.

Jesse Heffernan is a person in long-term recovery, CCAR Recovery Coach Professional, and Certified Healing Centered Engagement Practitioner. Throughout his professional career, he has worked as the Program Director of the Iris Place, one of Wisconsin’s mental health peer-run mental health respite facilities, the Outreach and Empowerment Coordinator for Faces & Voices of Recovery, and Program Leader for Goodwill NCW LGBTQ+ Youth Services. In 2015, he co-launched an internationally recognized training and consulting business called Helios Recovery Services LLC. In addition to his work at Helios, he currently serves as the Co-Chair of The Privilege Institute, Vice-Chair of Rise Together, and sits on the committee for the International Association of Recovery Coach Professionals. He lives in WI with his partner and 4 children, enjoying all things in geek culture, basketball, and coffee. It is his belief that Recovery is the process of returning to inherent worth and dignity.

Facilitator:

Gaochi Vang is a CPS, CPS Trainer, and the Peer Specialists Community Engagement Coordinator for the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative.

Description:

This CPS & CPPS Community of Practice Session will be a panel discussion on peer support and substance use

We invite you to please fill out the evaluation survey link (click here) if you attended this community of practice gathering or if you watch the recordingThe survey will close at 4:30pm on Thursday, June 2nd. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on June 9th, 2022. No evaluation surveys will be accepted for CEU credit after the evaluation survey’s closing date/time.

This website is managed and maintained by staff at Access to Independence working on the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative. The words, views, and values presented herein are not necessarily representative of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

March 17, 2022 

March 2022 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

“Supporting Inclusivity for Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Expansive Communities”~ March 17, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CST

 

Guest facilitators:

Nze Okoronta of Soar Case Management, LLC

Nze (they/them or she/hers) is a CPS, CPS trainer, TA Consultant, and the Peer Services Manager for Soar Case Management, Inc. Nze views peer support work as a fundamentally restorative practice and believes it 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.

Brittyn Calyx of Access to Independence, Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative (WIPSEI)

Brittyn (pronouns: xe, xem, xyr or she, her, hers) is a trans femme, non-binary Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist currently serving as the Peer Specialist Program Manager for the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative at Access to Independence. Xe hopes to expand access to peer support that is rooted in a non-violent, collective liberation framework.

 

We invite you to please fill out the evaluation survey link (click here) if you attended this community of practice gathering or if you watch the recordingThe survey will close at 4:30pm on Thursday, March 31st. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on April 1st, 2022. No evaluation surveys will be accepted for CEU credit after the evaluation survey’s closing date/time.

This website is managed and maintained by staff at Access to Independence working on the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative. The words, views, and values presented herein are not necessarily representative of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.