November 2022 CPS & CPPS Supervisor’s Community of Practice

Spirituality in Peer Support
with Victoria (Vic) Welle

November 28th, 2022 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

 

Facilitator:

Victoria (Vic) Welle, CPS, CPS/IPS Trainer, Facilitator, & Consultant

Before becoming a peer support worker, Victoria (Vic) Welle studied theology and was active in faith-based organizations. Vic is currently a peer support trainer and consults with faith communities seeking to be more inclusive and welcoming spaces.

Description:

Spirituality can often be an important factor for people in their recovery and healing process. How can peer supporters engage with spirituality in ways that are trauma-informed and culturally sensitive? This community of practice will explore strategies for addressing spiritual concerns in peer support settings, including the role of cultural humility, respectful engagement with spiritual practices, and how the topic relates to the peer specialist scope of practice.

 

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 Monday, December 12th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on December 19th, 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.

October 2022 CPS & CPPS Supervisor’s Community of Practice

“Many Pathways of Self-employment in Peer Support”
with Tara Wilhelmi, Cano Padilla, Dominique Christian, and Heather Mroch

October 27th, 2022 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

 

Panelists:

Tara Wilhelmi, CPS, CPPS, CPS Trainer, Facilitator, Consultant, & Entrepreneur

Tara Wilhelmi leads a grassroots community recovery and wellness organization, EOTO Culturally Rooted.  She is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) and state trainer of Certified Peer Specialists and trainers.  She provides support to individuals navigating mental health, substance use and trauma recovery. Driven by her passion for positive social change and thriving, healthy communities of color she enjoys acting as a connector and seed planter working on several impactful collaborations throughout Wisconsin.  As a Certified Peer Specialist and lived experience public speaker Tara subscribes to a “each one teach one” knowledge and skill sharing ideology that she believes is key to challenging systemic injustice.  She has presented and trained on topics such as valuing & integrating the voice of lived experience, implicit bias and understanding culture/power/privilege to audiences on a national, state, and local level.  Her unique approach and compassionate delivery make conquering these difficult conversations an act of bravery and not an exercise in guilt, shame, or fear.  We all have work to do to create a safer, more just society – Tara believes that together we can! 

Cano Padilla, CPS, CPS Trainer, Facilitator, Consultant, & Business 

Cano has over ten years of experience working with children, families, and individuals as an advocate/mentor and for two years as a Certified Peer Specialist. His professional experience include developing and facilitating programs for at-risk youth for organizations such as Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Advocates for Healthy Transitional Living LLC, and is currently at Better Days Mentoring LLC where he serves as the Behavioral Case Manager. He has additional experience in Trauma Informed Care, Emotional CPR, Crisis Intervention, Loss and Grief, in school support for students, Volunteering, Community Gardening, Cooking/Nutrition for youth ages 6-18. He has an abundance of experience facilitating group activities, providing academic support, and creating opportunities for teens to experience college tours, career/job shadowing, along with developing daily living skills. Cano is a lifelong learner continuing to support healing and connection to those in need. He is inspired by people’s stories and strength in those people while also feeling privileged to work with them. Through his own life experience and lessons learned, he hopes to enrich the lives of others and be an outlet for all those who may need support as a Peer Specialist, mentor, or impactful youth programming.

Dominique serves as a Certified Peer Support Specialist/Trainer

Dominique supports people with mental health challenges, psychological trauma, and substance use through AYA Advocacy Group. She is a social worker and graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She currently serves as a Housing Program Manager at The Road Home Dane County, overseeing staff who support families experiencing chronic and literal homelessness. Being a CPS allows her to support others through their recovery journey through the encouragement of self-direction and autonomy in their choices. She finds that the greatest part of being a CPS is that she advocates for systemic and policy change at all system levels through teaching an approach that humanizes adverse experiences, trauma, and individualized coping mechanisms. In this work, she appreciates the freedom to choose herself every time, and every day, she is reminded that she is far greater than her troubles. The work is rewarding because it sees her not for what she has been through but for who she’s becoming. As a CPS trainer, her story is her candle; when she trains people, she uses her candle to ignite their flame.

Heather Lynn (fka Mroch), (she/her and they/them), B.A., CPS, CPPS, CPS Trainer, Facilitator, Consultant, & Peerprenuer

Heather is guided by the values of peer support and aspires to embody the values in all their decision and business practices. The values of access, inclusion à felt sense of belonging, peace and justice informs all their work and gives direction in their life. Heather has been a business owner since 2016 and has recently transitioned to being completely self-employed in 2021. Heather’s main role is providing 1:1 yoga facilitation and peer services in the Milwaukee County Comprehensive Community Services network. Additionally, Heather provides consulting and Peer Specialist trainings across the State of Wisconsin as an independent contractor. Other pursuits that Heather is actively working on include a writing project, “The Embodiment of Peer Support,” leading workshops at conferences, offering trauma sensitive yoga workshops at yoga studios in the Milwaukee area, training community members in Reiki Level 1 and 2, 1:1 and group Reiki and healing sessions, and pursuing real estate projects in the City of Milwaukee. Additionally, Heather has recently submitted Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for several projects via Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Heather has 10+ years of professional experience in the field. Heather received their BA in Anthropology and Peace Studies for UW-Milwaukee plus a plethora of additional trainings and some graduate level work. Heather enjoys spending their time studying yoga, being on quad skates and hanging at the skate park with their kids, cooking, and exploring green spaces in Milwaukee County. Heather is a twice divorced single parent of 4 kids – if they can do it, so can you!!! Heather is available to offer healing services and peer inspired support for folks looking to complement their path towards wellness, health, and liberation

 

Description:

Are you a Peer Specialist who is interested in self-employment, sub-contracting and/or becoming an entrepreneur but the steps to making your entrepreneurial dreams come true feel like a mystery? Well, the workforce has asked and the WIPSEI was listening. We invite CPS/CPPS & Supervisor’s of CPS/CPPS to come join us on October 2022 Supervisor’s Community of Practice to learn more about what it means to be your own boss, the many pathways possible, and the possibilities afforded to those of us who want to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Our guest panelists are eager to share their lived experience, entrepreneurial knowledge, barriers to opportunities and the many rewards experienced throughout the self-employment journey. Additionally, we will explore their greatest motivations and what keeps them going during times of difficulty and/or lack of motivation. Most importantly, the guest panelists are committed to sharing how culture has shown up & how it continues to show up in presently, in their role as entrepreneurs. They will discuss how privilege, or lack thereof, has shown up & how they navigate these realities as they grow. Also, we hope to discuss how equity, diversity and inclusion shows up in their roles & the real challenges arise when we are all reaching for the same resources such as similar contracts, consulting and/or business opportunities other peers, who are likely friends, may be reaching for them too. We invite your curiosity, your questions , and we will be ready for a real, down to earth conversation about the realities of self-employment. Also, how to make self-employment a reality. We invite all who wish to participate, to register at the link below the panelists bios.

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, November 10th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on November 17th, 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.

September 2022 Supervisor’s CPS & CPPS Community of Practice

“Supervising Peer Specialists – A Mutual Experience” with Kurt Stapleton

September 22nd, 2022 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

Facilitator: Kurt Stapleton

After battling with an opioid use disorder for nearly 10 years and making some poor choices in life, he began his recovery journey while in prison. Shortly after his wedding, he fell deeper into the darkness of the disease and was living hopelessly. One bad decision led to another and he wound up getting arrested for 2 counts of armed robbery of 2 pharmacies for painkillers. Kurt then received a 20-year sentence that included 5 yrs in prison and 15 years of extended supervision. Thankfully, he was granted the Earned Release Program while incarcerated. This is where he learned the tools to truly overcome the childhood traumas he endured.  After being released from prison, he worked any job he could to be a productive member of the household and society. After a chance encounter at a coffee shop where he was talking about his recovery journey, he met a few people who were talking about recovery coaching and peer support specialists. As the universe was working out his path, Kurt found that he was being pulled in this direction for some reason and decided to pursue the CPS training and eventually became a CPS.  This decision is one that ultimately changed his life and career path. One day, while sitting at his desk ordering air conditioner parts for his full-time job, he came across a full-time, salary position for a certified peer specialist. After talking to his wife, he took the job, and knowing he couldn’t possibly make enough money doing this alone, he chose to work part-time as a peer specialist as well. After working 2 jobs as a peer specialist, the organization was discussing opening up the peer specialist supervisor position. This was exactly what he needed at exactly the right time.   Today, Kurt works as a peer supervisor and peer support at Chrysalis in a 50/50 role. Knowing full well what it means to have a supervisor understand what the peer specialist is dealing with, having the lived experience and first-hand knowledge of the daily struggles that come with this position, he is able to support his team members on another level than a clinician can. Having worked with some unsatisfactory supervisors in the past, he strives to be the best leader of the team that he can be.

Description:

This month’s Supervisors of CPS/CPPS Community of Practice will be focusing on “Supervising Peer Specialists – A Mutual Experience,” with Kurt Stapleton as our guest facilitator. This topic was chosen based on feedback we received from members of our workforce, and we hope that this discussion will provide valuable insights for all involved. We will be discussing one of peer support’s core values, mutuality, from a peer supervisor’s perspective. As a certified peer specialist who has grown into a supervisor of certified peer specialists, Kurt has a meaningful perspective to share on what mutuality looks like within an organization and in the supervisory role. Together, we will discuss power dynamics, how to advocate for mutuality on an organizational level. Join us, as we aim to deepen our understanding of this important peer value and how we can put it into practice, today!

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

April 2022 Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

A Collectivist Work Culture” ~ April 28th, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CDT

Facilitator: Gaochi Vang, WIPSEI Peer Specialist Community Engagement Coordinator at Access to Independence

Description:

In this Supervisor’s Community of Practice, Gaochi will be sharing how her collectivist roots have framed a foundation of skills that ground her in mindfulness – mindfulness of her actions and mindfulness of those who are impacted by her actions. She calls this “actions that lead with community care and land with collective healing”. Together, with peers, she hopes to open dialogue on community care and how a collective approach can shift a work culture that moves people together in a team, even in systems of hierarchies.

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, May 12th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on May 19th, 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.