Presenters: Christina Love and Jess Wojcik
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, Christina Love and Jess Wojcik provided a 30,000 foot overview of an upcoming training on supervision of peer based recovery support services and a primer for helping attendees move toward organizational transformation and healing through supportive relationships and supervisory practices.