June 2023 – CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

“A Journey That Led To A CPS Book Club

facilitated by Deb Mejchar

Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 1:30PM – 3:00PM CT


The CPS Book Club has grown to serve 6 Wisconsin male and female Correctional Institutions. Deb will be sharing her journey that led her to creating the CPS Book Club Initiative!



Deb Mejchar

Deb Mejchar has been a Certified Peer Specialist for six years. She has learned from the Peer Community and presented and shared in the CPS community for many years. Deb has lived experience of incarceration and recently retired as a WI Department of Corrections Chaplain. Deb will be presenting in June, her initiative, The Certified Peer Specialist Book Club for those who are employed by the prison as Certified Peer Specialist while serving their sentence.


Register for June’s CPS/CPPS Community of Practice Here!


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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



June 2023 – Supervisor’s Community of Practice:

“Peer Support Values and Support Group Facilitation: A Necessary Union”

facilitated by Lisa Marie Brodsky Auter

Thursday, June 29, 2023 from 1:30PM – 3:00PM CT



In this presentation, you’ll be invited to discuss how peer support values, ethics, and boundaries complement and enhance support group facilitation. By connecting best practices to group facilitation, peer staff and supervisors can offer a more self-determined, authentic, and honest support group experience for all.


Meet the Facilitator:

Lisa Marie Brodsky Auter is a published author, Certified Peer Specialist, Peer Support Supervisor, and Group Facilitator for The Wellness Studio under SOAR Case Management/Recovery Dane in Madison, WI. Lisa Marie views emotional expression as part of the human experience and not something to be pathologized or shamed. She uses this ongoing lesson in liberation and humility to bring peer support to new places. Currently training to become a Poetry Therapy Practitioner, she teaches other practitioners how peer support values enrich group facilitation and one’s overall view of emotional support. Lisa Marie is the Founder/Owner of “Hiraethlon” and “The I’m Okay Collective,” two offerings that focus on community, creativity, and connection.


Register for June’s Supervisor Community of Practice Here!



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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