“Youth Peer Support: Shaping Tomorrow Together” with Dominique Christian & Tara Wilhelmi

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October 2023 CPS & CPPS Community of Practice

“Youth Peer Support: Shaping Tomorrow Together”
with Dominique Christian & Tara Wilhelmi

October 12th, 2023 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT

  • Dominique Christian
    As a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Dominique has experience supporting people with mental health concerns, psychological trauma and substance use. Dominique chose to enter this field because she believes that while there are many people passionate about this work, there aren’t enough people of color who share commonalities and similar experiences with the many of the clients being served. She believes her lived experience helps her be effective in supporting and advocating for others in their recovery process.
  • Tara Wilhelmi
    Tara leads a grassroots community recovery and wellness organization, EOTO Culturally Rooted. She is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) and state trainer of Certified Peer Specialists and trainers. She provides support to individuals navigating mental health, substance use and trauma recovery.

    Driven by her passion for positive social change and thriving, healthy communities of color she enjoys acting as a connector and seed planter working on several impactful collaborations throughout Wisconsin.

    As a Certified Peer Specialist and lived experience public speaker Tara subscribes to a “each one teach one” knowledge and skill sharing ideology that she believes is key to challenging systemic injustice. She has presented and trained on topics such as valuing & integrating the voice of lived experience, implicit bias and understanding culture/power/privilege to audiences on a national, state, and local level. Her unique approach and compassionate delivery make conquering these difficult conversations an act of bravery and not an exercise in guilt, shame, or fear.

    We all have work to do to create a safer, more just society – Tara believes that together we can!


Join us for an interactive discussion where experienced service providers can share their thoughts and expertise on what youth peer support should be in the state of Wisconsin. This engaging discussion will explore the key elements of effective youth peer support programs, including curriculum development, best practices, and the most efficient approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from professionals who serve youth and learn about their vision for creating impactful peer support services. By delving into their collective wisdom, attendees will gain valuable insights that can shape the future of youth peer support initiatives, ensuring they are tailored to meet the unique needs of young individuals in Wisconsin. Don’t miss this chance to be part of a conversation that can make a difference in the lives of youth across the state.

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 recordingThe survey will close at 4:30pm on Thursday, October 26th. Certificates of Participation will be sent to those completing the evaluation form by 4:30pm on November 2nd, 2023. No evaluation surveys will be accepted for CEH credit after the evaluation survey’s closing date/time.

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