February 2024 – CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

“Developing Connection and Community” with Susie Austin

Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 1:30PM – 3:00PM CT

This workshop will help participants deepen their understanding of connection.

  • In working with peers
  • Coworkers
  • Developing communities

This is an interactive workshop where participants will learn how to create a safe space whether online or in person. This workshop will give participants tools and tips to help create community with connections. Prepare to be vulnerable while holding space for others!


Susie Austin

Susie Austin has been a CPS and a state of WI trainer for Certified Peer Specialist program for many years. Susie’s lived experience includes substance use disorder mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault. In addition, as a single parent, Susie navigated her four children into adulthood through their lived experiences which included mental health, addiction, sexual identity, suicidal ideologies. Susie is employed as the Peer Services Coordinator at Wisconsin Community Services. She oversees CPS staff and programs in multiple counties including Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Manitowoc, and Walworth. Susie is passionate about Peer Support and for many years has been an advocate for growing Peer Services in Wisconsin. She is very involved with her community and serves on several committees including the Waukesha County Heroin Task Force, the Overdose Fatality Review Board, and WI Voices For Recovery.


Click Here to Watch for February’s CPS/CPPS CoP!


Recordings N/A for January’s CPS CoP


The CPS & CPPS Community of Practice is for people who can say:

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 and CPPS in Wisconsin.


Click Here for the Guidelines/Community Agreements for the CPS & CPPS Community of Practice



February 2024 – Supervisor’s Community of Practice:

“Grief is a Backpack: Carrying What Can’t Be Fixed” with Lisa Marie Auter

Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 1:30PM – 3:00PM CT

Let’s get real about grief support. In this Community of Practice, we will look at how society has trained us to approach grief as opposed to the enormous possibilities and potential in normalizing grief as part of the human experience. We will explore how our peer support values align with this alternate perspective on grief: one of resiliency, empowerment, and community.

Participants will be offered a chance to examine their own grief experiences and consider a more inclusive way to provide support to themselves and others. Presenter Lisa Marie Auter will be taking many thoughts and quotes from Megan Devine’s groundbreaking book, “It’s Ok to Not Be Ok.” Lisa Marie also offers a wellness group of the same name, “Grief is a Backpack” for Dane County CCS participants in search of skills and support in managing their grief.



Lisa Marie Auter

Lisa Marie Auter is a Peer Support Team Lead and Peer Support Group Coordinator at SOAR Case Management in Madison, WI. Lisa Marie is also a Poetry Therapy Practitioner interested in combining creative writing with mental health support. Her poetry and non-fiction have been widely published and she is currently working on a book that combines peer support ethics and values with training in expressive arts. Lisa Marie is passionate about grief work and offering space to normalize this human experience.


Click Here to Watch the February’s Supervisor CoP!


Click Here to Watch for January’s Supervisor CoP!



The Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice is for people who can say:

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.


Click Here for the Guidelines/Community Agreements for the Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice


Continuing Education Hours and Recordings

Click Here to View Past Communities of Practice!

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.

Accessibility Note:

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.


More Information

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.


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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