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“Breaking down Stigma Barriers”
with Angela Clements and Amy Polsin

Thursday, June 20th, 2024 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

 

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Angela Clements

Angela Clements, a parent peer specialist, has worked with various agencies since 2018, including Family Strong, Wisconsin Community Services, Peer Specialist Limited, and Fresh Start Learning Inc. In her role, she not only supports families involved with Reach/Wraparound Services and the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS), Professional Foster Parents, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Trauma information Care but also serves as a trainer, group co-facilitator, advocate, and a connection to resources in the community. Angela’s commitment to healing and healthy choices, stemming from her own experiences as a parent of a loving son with mental health challenges and as a former foster parent, offers hope and encouragement to other parents and caregivers. Angela has become the caregiver to her beautiful granddaughter, who experiences trauma, and is now able to be the role model on the journey of healing and healthy choices. She loves traveling and spending time with her Princess.

 

Amy Polsin

Amy Polsin has been a parent peer specialist with Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT) since 2008. In her role, she supports families involved with Coordinated Service Teams (CST) and the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) and the Children Long Term Support waiver (CLTS). Amy has used her lived experience to provide support and hope to parents. Amy is a parent of two children, she shares her experience raising children with mental health needs with the parents she supports to promote and advocate for better outcomes for families.

 

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with April Luderus & Cai Saint Logan

Thursday, June 27th, 2024 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

 

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April Luderus

April Luderus is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) in Wisconsin and serves as Wraparound Advocacy and Engagement Program Director for Peer Specialists Limited (PSL), a peer-run, peer-led agency that provides Parent Peer Specialist services to the families under the Wraparound umbrella in Milwaukee. April is passionate and committed to using her lived experience to walk alongside those desiring a self-led life of recovery.

Before beginning work as a Certified Peer Specialist and Recovery Navigator with Wisconsin Community Services in April of 2022, April was a teacher of high/middle school students with special needs and Library Media Specialist for grades K-8 in Milwaukee Public Schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications specializing in Multi-Cultural Communication from UW-Milwaukee. She is a mother of 5, grandmother of 10 and a member of a cultivated support system in the community.

 

Cai Saint Logan

The act of recovery is woven into all aspects of my life. I am a peer specialist, CPS training facilitator, and a harm reduction specialist for Public Health Madison & Dane County. I have been working in advocacy, social work, and harm reduction for over 15 years. I collaborate with people striving toward wellness who experience a range of challenges due to trauma, oppression, and marginalization. From substance use and mental health difficulties to incarceration and housing insecurity, the people I work with show great courage in the face of daunting circumstances and a society that often cares too little.

As a person of deeply held convictions, humility, service, and empathy are as vital to me as my next breath. I have always been attracted to work that aligns with my personal values. The fact that my personal history is rooted within the communities and the peoples I serve makes this work all the more essential to who I am.

I started out in the recovery world in a leadership role where I directed the Wisconsin Walk for Recovery (now Milwaukee Walks for Recovery) for three years, increasing participation in the walk significantly over the course of my tenure. From there, I delved into advocacy work, using my personal journey as a gender diverse person to provide guidance and education on various topics affecting LGBTQ+ people. During the ensuing years, I earned my bachelor’s degree, certification as a peer specialist, peer specialist training facilitator, and opiate impacted family support specialist.

Over the last several years I have worked as a peer specialist in many capacities, at a shelter for women and children, for Milwaukee County Crisis Services, and with Outreach Community Health Center’s targeted case management team. I practice peer support from the understanding that empathy, inner-calmness, cultural reverence, and compassionate boundaries are powerful forces that support healing and connection.

As of late, I have been studying the finer points of grant writing and contract administration as I prepare myself to once again step into leadership roles. I am considering various avenues to use my knowledge and experience to continue to serve my communities. As my journey carries on, all I know for sure is that I must never stop putting people first. As long as we sincerely value ourselves and each other, potential knows no bounds.

 

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