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Effectively Integrating Peer Workers into Substance Use Service Systems



County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program


UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology


Transfer Center and the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Presents a Special Training on:


Effectively Integrating Peer Workers into

Substance Use Service Systems


Friday, June 24, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. PDT


Live Virtual Lecture Series offered via Zoom Register Online at:


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Featured Presenter and Panelists:


Tim Saubers, CPS, Program Coordinator for Workforce Development, University of Texas at Austin, Peer Recovery Center of Excellence


David Hindman, Ph.D, Branch Chief, Sage EHR Management Branch, Interim Chief, Clinical Standards & Training (CST) Unit, SAPC, LAC-DPH

Kyle Kennedy, Manager, Quality of Care Unit, System of Care Branch, SAPC, LAC-DPH Paulette Bowling, Peer Lead Navigator, A Safe Refuge

Jason Robison, Chief Program Officer, SHARE!



Peer workers, also known as peer support specialists, have long acted as a part of the prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery process for individuals living with Substance Use Disorders (SUD). This presentation will focus on the effective integration of peer workers into the existing substance use service systems. In particular, it will focus in on defining and maintaining peer workers’ role, values, and ethics while collaborating successfully with those in established, clinical roles. Additionally, the presentation will touch on peer workers avoiding peer drift, and how clinical staff can expand their understanding of peer workers. The presentation and subsequent panel discussion will encourage the audience to respect the value that peer workers bring with them to the behavioral health field. Finally, there will be discussion on best practices for the provision of peer support services within substance use service systems and how peers provide support to those through out the course of substance use disorder continuum.

A panel discussion will follow this presentation, featuring representatives from SAPC’s Systems of Care Unit, SAPC’s specialty provider network with particular experience or focus on peer navigators and a non-profit community organization around self-help and recovery. The panelists will specifically address current efforts of peer support specialists in Los Angeles County’s specialty network.


Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three (3) core peer values.
  2. Propose four (4) roles a peer specialist can fill.
  3. Distinguish the cultural impact of the services the peer specialist provides.
  4. Recall a least two (2) best practices for the provision of peer support services within substance use service systems.


Continuing Education:

The training course meets the qualifications for the provision of three (3.0) continuing education credits/ contact hours (CEs/CEHs). UCLA ISAP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for three (3.0) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1123), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP40 872 C 0822), and CAODCs (CADTP,  #151).

CE credit will be awarded six-eight weeks after the virtual training. Partial credit will not be available for those participants who arrive late or leave early.


UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) CME is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


UCLA ISAP CME designates that this training course qualifies for the provision of a maximum of three (3.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ of Continuing Medical Education (CME). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM ( Nurses will receive a Certificate of Participation following this activity that may be used for license renewal.


Instructions for Filing a Grievance Concerning UCLA ISAP’s Continuing Education Program:

Please contact Dr. Thomas E. Freese, CE Program Administrator, in writing (UCLA ISAP, 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90024-2886) or by phone (310-267-5397). Alternately, you may contact Dr. Gloria Miele or Dr. James Peck, ISAP-affiliated doctoral-level psychologists responsible for program planning for the ISAP CE Program. Drs. Miele and Peck can be reached in writing at: 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90024-2886 or by phone at: 310-267-5888 (Miele) or 310-267-5346 (Peck).


Please contact Brandy Oeser at 310-267-5331 or via email at [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

If you need a disability-related reasonable accommodation/alternative format for this event, please contact Brandy Oeser at (310) 267-5331 or via email at [email protected] by June 17, 2022.


This lecture series will be recorded.


Funding for this lecture was made possible in part by cooperative agreement 5UR1TI080211-02 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Refund/Cancellation Policy: Notice of cancellation must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the training by emailing Brandy Oeser at [email protected]. You can also cancel directly via zoom.


Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited to 1000 people. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.


You will receive a zoom confirmation if space has been reserved for you.

Starts: Jun. 24, 2022 10:00 am
Ends: Jun. 24, 2022 1:15 pm
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