Upcoming: HHRN Peers in the Workforce Webinar - May 21, 2015 - 2 PM EDT

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Upcoming: HHRN Peers in the Workforce Webinar - May 21, 2015 - 2 PM EDT

Webinar Announcement:
SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) presents:
Peers in the Workforce
Thursday, May 21, 2015
2:00–3:30 PM EDT
SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is pleased to announce the next in the Persons with Lived Experience Webinar Series: Peers in the Workforce.
The webinar will provide information to grantees regarding the benefits of hiring peer providers who are persons with lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction and who have skills learned in formal training to deliver services to others in need of support during their recovery.
Presenters will discuss the benefits that an organization can obtain by hiring peer workers; these include:
  • Personal experience regarding wellness
  • Insight into the experience of internalized stigma and how to combat stigma
  • Compassion and commitment to helping others
  • Experience of moving from hopelessness to hope
  • Relationship of trust
  • Skills in monitoring illness and self-management of a person in recovery
The webinar will provide participants with information on roles of peer workers by discussing the following topics:
  • Staff Readiness and Agency Culture
  • Billing for Peer-provided Services
  • Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Clients and Staff
  • Establishing Job Descriptions for Peer Workers
  • Supervising and Supporting Peer Workers
  • Wellness Planning and Self-Care
Registration for the May 21, 2015 webinar is now open!
Register for this webinar.


Barbara Goody
Peer Specialist
Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Lucretia Maes
Peer Specialist
Peak Wellness Center
Cheyenne, Wyoming


Regina Dodson
Wyoming Behavioral Health Division
Recovery Supports Specialist

Presenter Bios

Regina Dodson has been the Recovery Support Specialist at Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division, since May 2008. Ms. Dodson plays an integral part in the planning, development, management, and monitoring of programs that support recovery-based services for Wyoming residents who live with mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Ms. Dodson is one of four Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) trainers in Wyoming, a national project funded by SAMHSA that is designed to increase access to SSI and SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical condition, and/or co-occurring substance use disorder.
Barbara Goody has lived in Jackson since 1973 and has worked at Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center since 2009, first as a volunteer and then as a Peer Support Specialist. She has lived experience as a consumer with depression and survivor of trauma.
Lucretia Maes is employed with Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is a volunteer recovery coach. Her role includes linking people experiencing homelessness to resources in the community.