As many people know, the professional identity of peer staff is rooted in their lived experience and deep connection to personal vulnerabilities. What is not often talked about or addressed are the imbalances that many peers face in the workforce. The majority of peers work alongside and are supervised by clinicians and other professionals who may not have the ability to disclose their lived experience, or who do not identify as having lived experience. Often, these imbalances can lead to unclear job descriptions, miscommunication, siloing of services, and replication of the harm many peers have experienced in navigating systems of care.
During this one hour webinar, we will provide a 30,000 foot overview of an upcoming training on supervision of peer based recovery support services. This webinar will provide a primer in helping attendees move toward organizational transformation and healing through supportive relationships and supervisory practices. The following topics will be introduced:
- Deconstructing the “us” and “them” dynamic that has othered peers in the workforce by bringing our attention to the ways all staff experience harm
- Healing centered solutions that are found in diverse, equitable, inclusive, accessible, culturally responsive, trauma informed, person centered, empowerment focused, strength-based care
- Supervisory practices that influence meaningful change and support organizational wellness
Healing centered solutions inevitably lead all staff to feel seen, accepted, understood, valued, and celebrated! These principles create an organizational culture in which all staff can be their whole selves. Together we will focus on best practices for peer supervision while acknowledging that these practices benefit all staff and the support they provide to the community.
About the presenters:
Christina Love (pictured on left) is an Alutiiq/Sugpiaq woman (she/her) from Egegik village who was raised in Chitina, Alaska. Christina is a consultant, recovery coach and civil and human rights activist. Christina has dedicated her work and energy to systems change for targeted and marginalized populations. She is a formerly incarcerated person in long term recovery who currently works as a Senior Specialist for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA), the state’s coalition of domestic and sexual violence programs. Christina’s role focuses on intersectionality with an emphasis on trauma. Christina is part of a collective movement that works to end violence, oppression, shame, and stigma through the liberation of education, community healing, and storytelling.
Jess Wojcik (pictured on right) (she/her) has been dedicated to Idaho's peer support field since 2014. She currently facilitates Peer Support Specialist Training and continuing education through Path to Prime LLC, an entity that she created in 2017. Jess is passionate about advocating for trauma informed, culturally responsive, strength-based, recovery-oriented systems of care. Through many years navigating her own mental health journey and path to recovery, Jess is honored to support the integration of peer staff and lived experience as a tool for social change and organizational transformation. She believes in peer support as a framework for developing meaningful relationships that are built on mutuality, curiosity, and awareness of power. This transformative framework ultimately creates communities where everyone feels welcome.