Billy will share stories from his own experiences of self-healing as a Hmong Shaman. They will closely examine how Hmong shamanism is used to process and heal traumas and broaden our perspective on the connection of body, mind, and spirit.
Tub Ntxawg Billy Lauj (he/they/nws) is a Master Hmoob Shaman with over a decade of experience in holistic healing and cultural consulting. Billy has performed hundreds of ceremonies throughout the United States and assisted HMoob communities in France, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
Billy has keynoted and given numerous workshops on Hmong Shamanism, cultural practices, and cultural competency. He sat on multiple advisory boards and consulted on films about Hmong culture and beliefs. In addition, he teaches Hmong culture classes and is a content creator on his social media platform called “Hey Billy” where he educates on Hmong traumas, culture, art, and spirituality. Billy enjoys rigorous hikes, attending music events, and going on food ventures in their free time
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.
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.
1. I have worked as a Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Parent Peer Specialist, or in a similar peer role and have my own relevant lived experience.
2. I also supervise other Certified Peer Specialists or Certified Parent Peer Specialists in Wisconsin or am looking to develop supervisory/organizational leadership skills.
Note: Starting with Community of Practice gatherings from September 2021 and beyond, you will be able to watch the recording and fill out an evaluation link for continuing education hours (CEUs) if you do so within two weeks of the recorded community of practice date.
Starting in August 2021, we strive to ensure each Community of Practice gathering has ASL interpretation and live captioning. If you have reasonable accommodations requests regarding our Communities of Practice, click here to submit reasonable accommodations requests at least a week before the gathering.
Privacy note: Community of Practice gatherings may be recorded for later on-demand viewing.
CEHs: Attendance at the CPS & CPPS Community of Practice and some Supervisors of 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. The evaluation will be sent to the email with which you register to attend a Community of Practice gathering.
Like the community of practice gatherings in Wisconsin? Want to expand your learning in a national context? Please check out the communities of practice hosted by the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence (click here), which are structured very similarly to the ones in Wisconsin.
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