The results are in and it is clear that peers improve opportunities and outcomes for the people we serve. At the same time many organizations struggle to successfully create opportunities for this workforce. This workshop will explore the top ten strategies for success at incorporating the peer workforce and the critical role that organizational culture plays in this transformation of care.
Section 1: Introduction
A. Say You Want a Revolution
C. Presenter Introductions
Section 2: Overview of Peer Workforces
A. Why Do You Want a Peer Workforce?
B. Goal Organizational Buy In: Identify a Champion and a Team
C. Develop Clear Job Descriptions
D. Consider What You are Paying
E. Transform Your Environment by Dealing with Issues as They Arise
Section 3: The Role of Supervision
A. Supervision: Culture Humility and Confronting Internal Bias
B. Supervision: How are Your Skills?
C. Supervision: Hire the Right People
D. Supervision: Creating Career Pathways
E. Supervision: Champion, Challenger, and Consultant
Section 4: Conclusion
A. Questions and Answers
Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on Health and Aging. She holds a unique perspective as a trauma survivor, an ex-consumer of behavioral health services, and as a provider of these services. Her experience working with adults who have experienced trauma, grief and loss spans three decades. Cheryl is currently the Special Advisor for Trauma-Informed Services for the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. She provides technical assistance and consulting services to NASMHPD’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and SAMHSA’s Promotion of Alternatives to Seclusion & Restraint through Trauma-Informed Practices. She is also the project coordinator for the National Council’s Adoption of Trauma-Informed Practices Learning Communities. Disclosure: Cheryl Sharp, MSW, IMWT, CPSST has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN, CS
Joan Kenerson King has worked in behavioral health for more than 20 years and provided training and consultation on the development of recovery-oriented systems of care and practices and on integrated systems of care. She authored the paper “Bringing Together Physical and Behavioral Health Care: An Exploration of Current Practice and Future Directions in Pennsylvania,” on behalf of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative. She was the lead local consultant on system change initiatives for the Department of Behavioral Health in Philadelphia. She has facilitated the establishment of a behavioral health court and a healthcare coordination project. She was the founder and then director of a psychiatric home care program at the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia and maintains a private therapy practice. At the National Council, King has led the development and dissemination of the Case to Care Manager trainings to nurture an integrated health workforce and consulted with behavioral health organizations across the country in their integration initiatives. Disclosure: Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN, CS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Larry Fricks, BA
For 13 years he served as Georgia’s Director of the Office of Consumer Relations and Recovery in the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases. A founder of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and Georgia’s Peer Specialist Training and Certification, he has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and has won numerous journalism awards. He is a recipient of the American Association for World Health Award and the Lifetime Achievement Voice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the development and adoption of multiple innovative, community recovery-oriented programs and services. Larry’s recovery story and life’s work to support the recovery of others was published by HarperCollins in the New York Time’s best-selling book Strong at the Broken Places by Richard M. Cohen. Disclosure: Larry Fricks, BA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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