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Demystifying the Peer Workforce

February 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - February 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


Demystifying the Peer Workforce is a 2-day workshop offered by Via Hope as a component of the 2018-2019 Recovery Institute Peer Services Implementation (PSI) Project. The workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the role of Certified Peer Specialists, the value they add to the organizations where they work, and common challenges experienced when implementing peer support services in traditional mental health provider settings. Participants will come away from the training with a greater appreciation of how peer support services and clinical services can complement one another and an awareness of how to effectively promote peer support services within their organization. The target audience for this interactive workshop is administrators, supervisors, and clinical staff that want to promote collaboration across roles to effectively promote recovery within mental health service settings.



Amy Pierce, CPS

Amy currently works for Via Hope as the PSI Field Liaison. Amy has been working in the Peer Movement in the State of Texas for almost two decades.  She most recently was the C.E.O of Resiliency Unleashed an international training and consulting company focusing on the development and implementation of peer services. She has extensive experience in the peer support sector. She previously started the first peer support program in the state hospitals in Texas, was a peer support worker in a community mental health agency and was also the Program Coordinator for a transitional peer residential housing project funded through the 1115 waiver program. Amy is a peer, and family member, with both mental health and addictions experience. She is a certified peer specialist facilitator, Advanced Level Wrap facilitator, ASIST trainer, WHAM facilitator.  Amy was previously Chair of the PAIMI Council in Texas and on the US National Disability Rights Board. Amy is a lover of life and all that is possible for human beings.


Liz Castaneda, CPS, LMSW

Liz is the Peer Projects Coordinator at Via Hope Texas Mental Health Resource in Austin, Texas. Via Hope provides training, technical assistance and consultation to individuals in recovery from mental health challenges, their family members, youth who are interested in mental health, organizations and mental health professionals throughout the state of Texas. Liz’s programmatic work focuses on peer provided mental health services and leadership development for individuals in recovery from mental health challenges. Prior to her work at Via Hope, Liz was a social worker with Seton Family of Hospitals and worked at The University of Texas at Austin in their human resources and resource development departments. She is a graduate of the Leadership Austin Emerge Program and has recently joined the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Behavioral Health Advisory Committee as an adult consumer representative. Liz is a native of Washington, DC, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is a proud mama, wife, Longhorn and recovery champion!


Amanda Bowman, LCSW

Amanda is a social worker using her clinical experience and her lived experience with mental health challenges to promote person-centered practices in mental health care. Coming from direct social work practice and administrative leadership within the public MH system, she joined Via Hope in 2014, where she now serves as Recovery Institute Manager. In this role, she oversees the development and delivery of organizational change programs, which include statewide initiatives to support the implementation of person-centered planning, peer support services, and trauma-responsive work environments. With a passion for participatory learning methods, Amanda routinely facilitates collaborative learning events both within and outside of Via Hope programs.



Title: Demystifying the Peer Workforce

Date and Time: February 27-28, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days

Location: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health,

3001 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, 4th Floor (training room across from elevators)

Food: Lunch will be provided both days


12.5 CEU’s provided to a variety of clinical and peer professionals (at no cost to participants)


There is no registration fee to attend. Lunch and continuing education credit is also provided at no cost. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses and lodging. Please see cancellation policy below (including potential fees). There is limited space for this workshop. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email once space is confirmed.

Pre-Learning Opportunity: If you would like to learn about recovery-oriented practices and peer support (before or after this in-person workshop), Via Hope offers an online course at This course, Introduction to Recovery and Recovery Oriented Practices, contains two modules that can be completed at your own pace and provides free continuing education credits for some professionals.




For more information, contact Amanda Bowman at [email protected].


February 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am
February 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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