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Note: At this time we are not offering continuing education hours certificates for viewing recordings of past gatherings.

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.

CPS & CPPS Community of Practice

In March of 2020, we launched a Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Parent Peer Specialist Community of Practice monthly gathering. This was 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 a wide range of topics that support a dynamic workforce of intentional and engaged CPS and CPPS. We hope to continue offering this space to improve professional peer support and parent peer support services in Wisconsin and to 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 and CPPS in Wisconsin.

September 2021 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

Ethical Leadership in Peer Support” ~ September 23rd, 2021 from 1:30pm-3pm CDT

Facilitator: Brittyn Calyx, Peer Specialist Program Coordinator for the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative (WIPSEI)


Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Parent Peer Specialists are often described as “change agents,” and for good reason. The principles of self-determination and mutuality that guide those in peer support roles, as well as the perspectives offered by those with lived experience supporting peers and families, initiate fundamental shifts in our workplaces and communities. This gathering asks participants to navigate ethical considerations that occur frequently within peer support spaces and explore emerging ethical questions facing the CPS/CPPS workforce today.

Click Here to Register via Zoom for “Ethical Leadership in Peer Support”


Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice

In the first few gatherings of the CPS & CPPS Community of Practice (see below), a need and desire was expressed for a Community of Practice specifically for those providing supervision to CPS or CPPS.

This resulted in the Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice, and is for people who can say both of the following:

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.

September 2021 Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

“Working Alone Together: A Path to Entrepreneurship” ~ September 30th, 2021 from 1:30pm-3pm CDT

Guest facilitators: Lynn McLaughlin, Certified Peer Specialist & Trainer of DandAlliance LLC & Michelle Uetz M.Ed., Certified Parent Peer Specialist & Trainer of Rocky Hill


“Becoming an entrepreneur is so much more than applying to become an LLC. It is an intentional decision to embrace the risk, along with the reward. It is weathering the emotions of fear, insecurity, and rejection that comes with the territory. It is committing to do the hard work of being self-sustaining, and reaching out to other people to avoid isolation and stay connected. Michelle and Lynn will share their entrepreneurial journeys and create opportunities for self-reflection and curiosity for your journey.”

Click Here to Register via Zoom for “Working Alone Together: A Path to Entrepreneurship”


More Information

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. The evaluation will be sent to the email with which you register to attend a Community of Practice gathering.

CEHs are not offered for participation in the Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice.


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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