Building Blocks of Peers & Employment: Information and Resources for Peers with A Criminal Justice History with Rollin Shelton, Polly Brown, and Felicia Campbell

October 24, 2013

Building Blocks of Peers & Employment: Vocational Rehabilitation Services with Donita Diamata, Nora Candey, and Theresa Bingham-Abott

July 25, 2013

Webinar Two in Peerlink's Building Blocks series focuses on the federally-funded vocational rehabilitation services program for people who experience disabilities, commonly referred to by its abbreviation, VR. What is it? What does it do? What does it provide? 


This Building Blocks webinar is divided into four parts:

  1. Why is VR funded by the federal government? What employment-related needs of the disability community is it in place to address? What are the overarching goals and purposes of VR as a program?
  2. How does VR work? How can one gain services from VR? What are some examples of the different kinds of employment-related services VR can potentially provide? What programmatic considerations associated with VR can impact the actual kind and quality of services you might receive from a local VR office? What are some rules and procedures associated with VR as a program of which you need to be aware?
  3. What type of planning and preparation should you do before you approach VR for the first time for services? What are some practical steps you can take to increase the likelihood of your VR experience being successful and helpful to you to achieve your employment goals?
  4. One peer's story of her success in accessing needed and meaningful employment services from VR as well as the lessons she learned about how to navigate its system when she did so.

Holding the Hope in Healthcare with Mary Jadwisiak

July 17, 2013

Holding the Hope In Healthcare explores what happens to our recovery journey when we move into the primary medical care setting. How do we incorporate the SAMHSA Essential Components and Guiding Principles of Recovery into our work in primary health care settings?   


Participants review the Components and Guiding Principles of Recovery so they can support and increase a medical professional's belief in their patient's ability to recover.   This workshop shows participants how to convey hope and inspire recovery and to advocate for and support primary care providers to do the same, without compromising best practices primary care standards.

Additionally, participants identify personal attitudes and beliefs they hold that may be barriers to recovery for the peers they support or other people they may encounter. We will also explore how we have the skills we need, as movement and as peer support workers, to recognize and work to change medical beliefs and/or practices dictated by long held cultural beliefs, funding structures or billing requirements that may create unintentional barriers to recovery. We've done this before, we can do this again. Once the beliefs and attitudes are identified, we can work together to find solutions.

Participants will leave this webinar with:  

  • Improved non-verbal communication skills for sending messages of hope, respect and recovery; 
  • A new or renewed understanding of the SAMHSA 10 Components of Recovery and Guiding Principles of recovery; 
  • Apecific skills for overcoming internal and external barriers to speaking out and reframing medical practices and integrated care policies through the lens of recovery; 
  • A strengthened personal commitment to support recovery practices and policies in the health care settings around them; 
  • Strategies for implementing change in the workplace.
  • This webinar is an adaptation of one entitled Bringing Hope to Every Interaction that has been provided across Oregon and Washington to very good reviews.

Would You Like Fries with That Emotion? with Marilese Franklin and Patricia Terriere

February 20, 2013

Join Certified Hypnotherapists and Survivors Patricia Terriere and Marliese Franklin as they offer side-effect free coping strategies for stress and emotional eating. This engaging and interactive workshop will empower you with concrete tools to reduce stress, curb food cravings, lessen emotional eating and balance the relationship with food. 

We are all emotional beings. This webinar is designed to help you become more aware of your emotions and your patterns of eating. You will explore what exactly IS emotional eating? Marliese and Patricia will take you trough some very practical exercises that will reintroduce you to the joy of eating well and nourishing yourself and follow up with a peaceful guided relaxation.