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.
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.
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.
November 2021 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:
“Peer Support on the Inside: Hearing from Certified Peer Specialists in the WI Department of Corrections” ~ November 18th, 2021 from 1:30pm-3pm CST
Guest facilitators: CPS Trainers, Cody Skinkis, Jermaine Evans, & Dr. Tracy Johnson
Today, there are over 100 WI Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) supporting their fellow incarcerated peers in WI Department of Corrections institutions. Come learn about how these programs came to be, the successes and challenges faced by these initiatives, and hear directly from those doing this work “on the inside.”
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.
November 2021 Supervisors of CPS & CPPS Community of Practice:
“Supporting Parenting CPS & CPPS Employees” ~ November 30th, 2021 from 12pm-1:30pm CST
Guest facilitator: Paula Buege, CPS & CPPS trainer, of RISE Wisconsin
This is the first of a Pandemic Impacts Series for WIPSEI Communities of Practice. Parents face unique stresses and challenges in today’s workplaces. They also possess unique strengths and bring valuable insights to our work in peer support as part of supporting the next generation. Come discuss how we can better support CPS & CPPS employees who are parents in the context of lessons learned from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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