May 2024 Supervisor’s Community of Practice

Peer Supervision Series: “How Person-Centered Supervision Creates a Culture of Community” (2/2)
with Tanya Kraege & Kristina Vaccaro
Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

Facilitator:
  • Tanya Kraege
    Tanya Kraege is the Drug Poisoning Prevention Team Manager at Safe Communities MDC. She works alongside people experiencing substance use challenges, birthing folx using substances during pregnancy, trauma, relationships, formerly incarcerated, and mental health experiences. Tanya has been a part of mental health and substance use work for 14 years. Currently, she oversees programs that use Recovery Coaches and Certified Peer Specialists who work in various environments in Dane County, Rock County and Jefferson County in Wisconsin to support people with substance use, and mental health experiences and their loved ones. 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 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 community advocate. Tanya is also a Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Trainer, and Certified Peer Specialist, using her story of addiction and recovery to help others gain hope and insight into new ways of living.
  • Kristina Vaccaro
    Kristina Vaccaro is the Drug Poisoning Prevention Peer Provider Team Supervisor at Safe Communities of Madison and Dane County, WI. Kristina has worked with the substance use and recovery community for nearly six years, using her experience in recovery to inspire and support those currently struggling with substances or mental health challenges. She started providing peer support to those struggling with substance use in 2017 and eventually moved into a leadership position with Safe Communities. She has worked alongside the program manager to implement programs and supervise a team of 18-20 Recovery Coaches/Certified Peer Specialists providing direct services. Kristina works closely with the program manager, funders, and developers to bring to life a recovery practice management solution to ease the daily burden of program management and supervision. Kristina is a recovery coach, recovery coach trainer, and a WI Certified Peer Specialist. She also serves on the board and volunteers at a Dane County-based recreational BMX track and, most recently, on the board of directors for her family foundation working with Wisconsin-based nonprofits to enhance their work. Kristina would tell you she loves her job and the people she gets the honor to work alongside. Kristina’s children and husband mean the work to her outside of work and spends her time outside of work with them.
Description:

In this 2nd part series focusing on peer supervision, we will be peeling back the layers of depth as to what occurs on peer-led teams. Participants will hear about overcoming supervision challenges in peer-led groups with discussions around community grief, personal grief, fostering individual wellness journeys, burnout, self-care, staff retention, and additional impactful trainings pertinent to the peer-led teams’ specific work. We will discuss how we keep the fidelity of peer work through conversations in supervision when addressing issues or concerns.

 

 

Feedback Survey/CEH Information:

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 6th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on June 13th, 2024. 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.

March 2024 Supervisor’s Community of Practice

“Generational Differences in Supervision”
with April Luderus
Thursday, March 28th, 2024 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

Facilitator:
  • April Luderus
    April is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) in Wisconsin and serves as Wraparound Advocacy and Engagement Program Director for Peer Specialists Limited (PSL), a peer-run, peer-led agency that provides Parent Peer Specialist services to the families under the Wraparound umbrella in Milwaukee. April is passionate and committed to using her lived experience to walk alongside those desiring a self-led life of recovery.Before beginning work as a Certified Peer Specialist and Recovery Navigator with Wisconsin Community Services in April of 2022, April was a teacher of high/middle school students with special needs and Library Media Specialist for grades K-8 in Milwaukee Public Schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications specializing in Multi-Cultural Communication from UW-Milwaukee. She is a mother of 5, grandmother of 10 and a member of a cultivated support system in the community.
Description:

“Generational Differences in Supervision” highlights how supervisors and teams from different generations can mutually benefit by sharing their unique insights and experiences. This approach enhances leadership and teamwork by fostering growth and adaptation across all ages. Encouraging such exchange creates a more collaborative, innovative, and inclusive work environment where everyone’s contributions are valued.

 

 

Feedback Survey/CEH Information:

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, April 11th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on April 18th, 2024. 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.

October 2023 CPS & CPPS Supervisor’s Community of Practice

“Supervising Peers with Multiple Lived Experience”
with Startina White

October 18th, 2023 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

Facilitator:
  • Startina White
    Startina was born and raised in Milwaukee Wi. She has worked as a Certified Peer Specialist for 3 years all of which have been performed at Wisconsin Community Services. She has lived experience with mental health as well as substance use and has been in recovery for 4 ½ years. Startina believes in the Peer Specialist model of support because without it she believes that it would have taken her even longer to seek treatment and support for herself. Startina is now the Assistant Director of Community Based Peer Programs at WCS, yet still serves as a Certified Peer Specialist and states this work helps to keep me humble, motivated, and hard working in my own recovery, every day that I am blessed to wake up.
Description:

Join us in this Community of Practice gathering to learn how to support peers in their own recovery to prevent burnout, how to balance with work and home, and promote ethics and boundaries.

Feedback Survey/CEH Information:

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 Wednesday, November 1st. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on November 8th, 2023. 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.

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December 2022 CPS & CPPS Supervisor’s Community of Practice

“Keys to Peer Support Supervision”
with Braunwynn Franklin

December 20th, 2022 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

 

Facilitator:

Braunwynn Franklin

Braunwynn is a survivor of marginalization. Having 5 strikes in a system of social injustices has been the empowerment for her journey. Braunwynn Franklin is a trained Peer Support in 3 States, she was a peer supervisor in the Portland, Oregon area for 6 years and is a trainer in various holistic and peer curriculums. She has advocated nationally in the peer mental health and prison reform communities and is dedicated to making a difference in these communities. Also, she has worked with and trained individuals in various settings as well as in several States in peer support, peer wellness and other health-related peer services. She is a returning citizen from the criminal justice system and still serves on the board of directors for 2 Portland, Oregon Organizations. Braunwynn is the current chair of the board of directors for the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery as well as an advisor on the Michigan Peer Recovery Coalition. Braunwynn has recently started 313 Network Solutions and Voice 2 the Voiceless Podcast because she sees the injustice that has impacted people of color and other diverse communities wants to give people their voices back who have been oppressed in the various system.

Braunwynn has invited us to view previous speaking opportunities she has participated in, we invite you to view the following videos & podcast by clicking the titles below:

Description:

Braunwynn has offered to share her expertise & lived experience to facilitate a discussion about the vision & founding principles of peer support, what these principles truly look in practice and how these values tend to look much different today, as our workforce grow & move into greater spaces. In the 70’s, a group of survivors of psychiatric systems wrote pamphlets, established advocacy groups and tried to bring their experiences to the public regarding their severe mistreatment in systems. However, with so much stigma surrounding mental & behavioral health conditions, many communities did not want “ex-patients” in their towns and once again, they were on the outside, looking in.

The peer movement began when those “ex-patients” began to seeking out one another, creating lasting relationships, and supporting each other through their lived experience. Systems were slow to move toward peer support, but those with lived experience quickly adopted the philosophy of peers supporting peers, both in the community & ironically, in professional mental health care settings too. Would the forerunners of the peer support movement recognize peer support today, in our practice today? What was the vision of peer support & the founding principles of peer support when the peer support movement was started?

Braunwynn will help us take a deeper look at our own practices, take an honest evaluation of our peer support practices, and ask ourselves, “am I honoring peer support in my practices and the way I live? Have I moved away from or closer to true peer support in my supervision practices?” Braunwynn will walk with us and help us we lean into to the “Keys of peer support supervision,” focus on the values, boundaries, and ethics and how to navigate peer support in an authentic way. She will help us take a look at holding fidelity to the framework in our own practices, and gain understanding on how to resist becoming compliant to the confining practices that move us out of our framework of liberation. True peer support holds true liberating power on its own, our practice of alternate healing modalities coupled with lived experience, and empathy has provided pathways for countless people to live their dreams and goals without limitations, when so many told them they would never live. We cannot afford to not be true to it in our practice. Join us, as we take a look in the mirror and examine our work. As we lean into greater understanding, before we can change anything, we must begin with taking a look at our own practices first.

 

Feedback Survey/CEH Information:

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 Tuesday, January 3rd. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on January 10th, 2023. 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.