“Find Healing Within Peer Support” with Shawn Adrian – September 2023 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice
September 2023 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice
“Find Healing Within Peer Support”
with Shawn Adrian
September 21st, 2023 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT
- Shawn AdrianIn 1999, I lost my vision due to a traumatic head injury caused by a car accident. The trauma caused by this life-changing event has had a long-reaching influence on who I am today. Prior to the traumatic accident, I battled with mental illness, and narcissistic abuse that led to incarceration as a child and an adult. After the horrific accident, I battled with substance use due to physical pain. Not having any support to help me through these trying times provides me first-hand knowledge of the important role that an empathetic peer-support specialist provides in recovery.
My life experiences have led me to see the need for outside support to help when one is enduring hard times. This is why I decided to use the strength I found in myself to help others going through similar situations. I completed necessary training and testing to become the first blind Certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Wisconsin.
Shawn will be exploring how he got to where he is today. You will learn why peer support is so beneficial to Shawn and to others who are disabled – from having peer support to having hope after the trauma. We will also create a non-judgmental, safe environment in which we can discuss challenges you are facing and how to build coping techniques to lead to a successful recovery. Although you may feel that no-one can understand what you are facing, you do not have to face it alone as we are ALL in this together. We will work together to find a positive path to overcome your challenges to help you achieve your desired goal.
Feedback Survey/CEH Information:
We invite you to please fill out the evaluation survey link (click here) if you attended this community of practice gathering or if you watch the recording. The survey will close at 4:30pm on Thursday, October 5th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on October 12th, 2023. No evaluation surveys will be accepted for CEH credit after the evaluation survey’s closing date/time.
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