CPS & CPPS Community of Practice

May 2022 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

A Panel Discussion on “Peer Support and Substance Use” ~ May 19th, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CDT

Update: Unfortunately, we could not get ASL interpreters for this panel discussion. We apologize for this. We will continue to work towards getting ASL interpreters for future communities of practice.Peach and orange colored sunset on the water background with text that reads May 20222 Community of Practice; Join our panel discussion on Peer Support and Substance Use; Thursday, May 19th, 2022 1:30-3:00PM CDT. In a black text box, it reads Register here: https://bit.ly/3kWNO38 and a picture of Rene Livingston-DeTienne, Lana Hamilton, and Jesse Heffernan are on the right of the graphic with their names in black text under each image. At the bottom of the page is wicps.org/communities-of-practice and at the top right hand corner is the WIPSEI logo.


Rene Livingston-DeTienne is a queer, black woman, recovery advocate, artist, and writer She is a person in long-term recovery, having a history of trauma, mental wellness, and substance use challenges, and now works as a Certified Peer Specialist Trainer. Rene is a student at Edgewood College, where she will complete a Bachelor’s in Art Therapy in December. She is passionate about both art and the Peer Recovery Movement, and plans to utilize those skills as a Substance Use Counselor. Her long term goals include a Master’s in Art Therapy and one day opening a non-profit in Madison.

Lana Hamilton is a Recovery Coach/Certified Peer Specialist/Doula for Safe Communities. She works in the Jail2Recovery, ER2Recovery, Treatment Readiness, Comprehensive Community Services, and Pregnancy2Recovery programs. She is also a part of Madison’s new Addiction Resource Team and believes it is an honor and a privilege to use her lived experience with others. Today, she enjoys time with her family, biking, hiking, cooking, and sewing. She is also a first time pet owner adding the joy of cats into her life! She has become an asset to her community now that she has experienced the miracle of recovery.

Jesse Heffernan is a person in long-term recovery, CCAR Recovery Coach Professional, and Certified Healing Centered Engagement Practitioner. Throughout his professional career, he has worked as the Program Director of the Iris Place, one of Wisconsin’s mental health peer-run mental health respite facilities, the Outreach and Empowerment Coordinator for Faces & Voices of Recovery, and Program Leader for Goodwill NCW LGBTQ+ Youth Services. In 2015, he co-launched an internationally recognized training and consulting business called Helios Recovery Services LLC. In addition to his work at Helios, he currently serves as the Co-Chair of The Privilege Institute, Vice-Chair of Rise Together, and sits on the committee for the International Association of Recovery Coach Professionals. He lives in WI with his partner and 4 children, enjoying all things in geek culture, basketball, and coffee. It is his belief that Recovery is the process of returning to inherent worth and dignity.


Gaochi Vang is a CPS, CPS Trainer, and the Peer Specialists Community Engagement Coordinator for the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative.



This CPS & CPPS Community of Practice Session will be a panel discussion on peer support and substance use

Click here to register for the panel discussion on “Peer Support and Substance Use” on May 19th, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CDT


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.




Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice

May 2022 Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:

“CPS/CPPS Recruitment & Retention” ~ May 26th, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CDTLight green background with $100 dollar bills at the top and grey leaves in the bottom left hand corner. Text reads May 2022 Supervisors Community of Practice; Let's talk about...CPS/CPPS Recruitment & Retention: A discussion about wage considerations and barriers within our workforce. Marguerit Galindo Thursday, May 26th, 2022; 1:30pm-3:00pm CST. Register here: https://Bit.ly/3WKQDOT. At the bottom of the page is the link wicps.org/communities-of-practice

Facilitator: Marguerit Galindo, WIPSEI Peer Specialist Workforce Development Coordinator at Access to Independence

Marguerit is passionate about peer support in Wisconsin and places great confidence in the core competencies and scope of practice in which peer support is built upon here. Principles such as empathy, mutuality, curiosity, co-learning, and self-determination are not only a framework for her but she genuinely chooses to live these principles in her daily life. Marguerit contributes her ongoing personal recovery and lived experience as the catalysts that have led her to this work and continues to fan the flame of compassion for others. In her personal time, Marguerit loves laughing with her family, welcomes deep and meaningful conversations, is motivated by beauty and appreciates a sunrise walk by the lake, and enjoys reading and researching thought-provoking information.


This Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice Session is a explorational conversation about employee recruitment and retention. Marguerit will explore how we, as supervisors can advocate for higher pay and better opportunities for our CPS workforce during this nuanced time many are calling the Great Resignation.

Click here to register for “CPS/CPPS Recruitment and Retention” on May 26th, 2022 from 1:30pm-3pm CDT


The Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice 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.

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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