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Peer Support Specialist Supervisor Training

The Great Lakes ATTC offers this training for Minnesota peer support specialist supervisors in partnership with the Minnesota DHS, Behavioral Health Division. 

This one-day training for peer support specialist supervisors will help the supervisor to understand the impact of effective supervision of peer staff, explore a best practices structure for peer support supervision, discuss unique factors when giving reflective feedback and finally, understand challenges, opportunities and strategies for effective supervision of peers.


  • Explore concept, benefits and application of a recovery-oriented, person-centered and strength-based approach to service delivery
  • Understand recovery planning and peer role in recovery-oriented planning
  • Increase awareness about the importance of diversity & inclusion for teams, clients, and organizations 
  • Explore a best-practices structure for peer support supervision



Sharon Hesseltine

Sharon HasseltineIt was a cold and dreary day in early of 2004 when Sharon Hesseltine took the flight that would end up changing everything. Her seat was in the last row and after boarding from the gate at O’Hare, she slipped into the window seat, rested her head and truly slept for what seemed like the first time in several years. It felt like only minutes before the flight attendant announced “passengers, prepare for landing in Minneapolis/St. Paul” and from there her journey to recovery from many chaotic years in active addiction began.

Today, Sharon is the President and CEO of Intentional Development Consulting & Training, an organization focused on promoting recovery from substance use disorders. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southern Illinois University in 1981, and in 2011 completed a two-year post-graduate Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota. For over 30 years Sharon has worked in public health and specialized in early childhood development, women’s health and addiction.

Her career has ranged from providing direct services to women through managing two sober living residences to designing and facilitating statewide and local collaborative initiatives that call on her skills in public policy, strategic planning, cross sector collaboration, program assessment and marketing. She is a national trainer, technology transfer specialist and has provided training and facilitation for multiple organizations including the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) and the Opioid Response Network. In 2018, Sharon took the lead in developing SUD-specific training for peer support specialists and supervisors for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and continues to develop and offer skill development sessions for KY peers and their supervisors.

Sharon is passionate about reducing stigma associated with addiction and developing the capacity of communities, organizations and individuals to better meet the needs of individuals with substance use disorders. With her husband, Scott Hesseltine, she currently resides in Louisville, KY.

Kris Kelly

Kris KellyKris Kelly is a project manager for the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and subject matter expert on peer-based recovery support services. Kris has worked with local, state and government organizations, recovery community organizations, recovery high schools, treatment courts, withdrawal management/detoxification centers, and clinical treatment facilities developing best practices for integrating recovery supports into systems and services. As a former ED and director of programs of a Minnesota-based recovery community organization, Kris is a leader in the peer support movement in Minnesota. Kris has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from supervision in peer-based recovery support services, integrating peer support services into behavioral health organizations, and recovery-oriented systems of care.




Starts: Feb. 5, 2021 9:00 am
Ends: Feb. 5, 2021 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
February 4, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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