In March of 2020, we launched a Certified Peer Specialist/Certified Parent Peer Specialist Community of Practice monthly gathering. This is a gathering created with the intention of supporting CPS and CPPS from across Wisconsin in learning, sharing, practicing, and growing together.
So far, we have discussed topics including working from home, addressing and approaching grief and loss, supervision, systems change, collective self-care, and peer support in “crisis” situations. We hope to continue offering this space to improve professional peer support services in Wisconsin and connect as a workforce.
This Community of Practice is for people who can say both of the following:
1. I am a Certified Peer Specialist or Certified Parent Peer Specialist in Wisconsin.
2. I want to engage in a supportive, collaborative learning-based Community of Practice with other CPS/CPPS in Wisconsin.
This September we have WI Certified Peer Specialist trainers Carmella Glenn, Dominique Christian, and Tara Wilhelmi facilitating a conversation around better understanding culture, power, and privilege and how this relates to the work of Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Parent Peer Specialists in Wisconsin
In the first few gatherings of our CPS/CPPS Community of Practice, a need and desire was expressed for another Community of Practice event specifically for those providing supervision to CPS or CPPS.
1. I have worked as a Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Parent Peer Specialist, or in a similar peer role and have my own lived experience.
2. I also supervise other Certified Peer Specialists or Certified Parent Peer Specialists in Wisconsin.
This September we have Victoria (Vic) Welle, a WI Certified Peer Specialist trainer, facilitating a conversation entitled “Supervision 101.”
Please note: Community of Practice gatherings may be recorded for later on-demand viewing.
CEHs: Attendance at the CPS/CPPS Community of Practice gatherings and completion of post-gathering evaluations will earn you 1.5 hours of continuing education credit good for recertification purposes in Wisconsin. This will no longer be done for the Supervisors-specific Community of Practice.