Peer Connection Council Bluffs - Let the Change Begin

Mental Health Consumer Conference Wednesday October 22 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at  St John Lutheran Church Council Bluffs, Iowa. he conference is FREE Lunch Included.

Sign Up By Calling (712) 242-2500 By October 1.


Clearinghouse Webinar: Everybody at the Table

A 90-minute webinar on systems advocacy, entitled “Everybody at the Table: Changing the System One Step at a Time,” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar, sponsored by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss systems advocacy best practices, including what kinds of advocacy non-profits may engage in; how to identify key legislators at the city, state, and national levels; how to create relationships with policymakers, administrators, and their staffs; how to develop policy positions; how to create a grassroots action committee; and how to work in coalition with other groups. The presentation will use current advocacy campaigns as illustrations. The presenters are Elisha Coffey, MSW, program manager of the Involved Consumer Action Network (I CAN) at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP); and Adam Nester, MS, MHASP’s advocate for mental health systems and policy. Christa Burkett, Clearinghouse technical assistance coordinator, will moderate. 

To register, click here.


Webinar Series on Trauma Informed Peer Support

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SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) will host a series of three 75-minute webinars in September 2014 that will introduce key concepts in NCTIC’s day-long Trauma-Informed Peer Support (TIPS) training.  The primary audience is people who provide peer support - including people working as peer specialists or in similar roles, people involved in independent peer support groups, and people working in or receiving services from peer-run programs. The series would also be of interest to administrators, clinicians, and supervisors in organizations that employ peer specialists and people in similar roles, or those interested in incorporating trauma-informed peer support into their programs.   Each session will include 60 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for discussion and questions.

We encourage participation in all three events – they will be archived for anyone who is not able to attend a session or misses the series.

The webinars will be held from 1:00 -2:15 pm Eastern time on three consecutive Tuesdays in September (9, 16 and 23). The weblink and audio conference call-in information are the same for each session.

To Register:

Weblink: http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/tips/

Audio Conference: 1-888-727-2247

Conference ID: 9638527

Event Flyer


Peerlink Webinar: Employment Over the Rainbow

"Employment Over the Rainbow:Supporting LGBT Peers with 
their Employment Goals"

 Wednesday, September 17th

 11:00am-12:00pm PST

2:00pm-3:00pm EST
 This webinar is dedicated to discussing the barriers and challenges that LGBT peers face when seeking employment. To better understand these challenges, we will first discuss language and societal norms that often go overlooked or are misunderstood. We will also discuss other important factors, such as changing laws and attitudes, and their impact on LGBT peers as they pursue their employment goals. And we will attempt to compare laws and attitudes toward the LGBT community with the mental health peer community. This webinar will conclude with tips, tools, and resources that should be helpful for LGBT job-seekers and for those who provide support.
 Donita Diamata - Through her personal experiences as a recipient of mental health services and her professional experiences in the mental health field, Donita has developed a passion for the subject of employment, especially as it relates to communities that may face additional challenges and barriers. Her connection to Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center has allowed her to broaden her previous knowledge and skills around this important issue.

Robyn Priest is Peerlink's Lead Project Coordinator. Robyn is originally from Australia but has also lived/worked in New Zealand, Canada and now here in the good old USA. Robyn has previously worked in the employment field for people with mental health challenges and is currently involved with training peer support workers to support people in their employment dreams.
You may also register by visiting our website: 
or by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button below.


Mental Health America Webinar: Training and Certification of Peer Support Providers

Thursday, August 28, 3:00 pm Eastern Time

There is an increasing acknowledgement of the value that peer support specialists bring to the behavioral health continuum of services and supports. As this emerging workforce evolves, states and organizations are developing requirements for training, supervision and certification.

This webinar will explore the unique characteristics intrinsic in the training, supervision and certification of adult, family, and youth peer support specialists. Participants will be provided with a historical perspective of the beginnings of the standardization of adult peer support and will learn about current and emerging best practices in adult, family and youth peer support.

A variety of training curricula, supervision models and certification programs that are currently being utilized will be discussed, and participants will develop a greater understanding of the key elements of each.

While this webinar is Part 3 of a 3-Part Series, all are welcome!

Presenters: Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director, National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health; Patrick Hendry, Senior Director of Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America; Brie Masselli, Director, Training, Technical Assistance, and Evaluation, Youth MOVE National

Instructions for joining the August 28 webinar:

1. Go to - http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/certificationpeersupport/

(Please right click on the link or copy and paste the link into a new tab.)

When the Adobe Connect Log-in screen appears, select "Enter as a Guest," enter the name and state of the participant in the "Name" field (Ex. Jane Doe-AK) and click on "Enter Room." 

2. Once prompted to join the Audio portion of the meeting, please select
"Dialing-in to the Audio Conference Via Phone." Then dial 
1-888-727-2247 and enter the conference ID number 5433540#.  

 Dialing in allows for interaction and dialogue.  Please ensure that your computer speakers are turned down so that there is no audio feedback. 

Note: If you are only able to join the audio portion, then you will not be able to see the webinar presentation.  

We highly recommend that you test your connection to Adobe Connect in advance of the webinar to ensure access. You may need to work with your state’s IT department to resolve any firewall issues. To test your connection, please go to: 
http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. You may be prompted to install ActiveX control, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Connect add-ins. If you encounter any difficulty testing your connection or logging into the webinar, please contact Technical Support by calling 1-800-459-5680.

If you are having an issue logging into the web, you can also join by phone first, press *0 and get a private operator to help get you onto the web.  If you have an issue any time during the call, you can press *0 for immediate help. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kelle Masten atkelle.masten@nasmhpd.org or at 703-682-5187.