Demystifying the Peer Workforce: Ethical Considerations for Non Peer Professionals


This 2-day, virtual workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the role of Mental Health Peer Specialists, the value they add to the organizations where they work, and common challenges experienced when implementing peer support services in traditional behavioral health provider settings. Participants will come away 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 primary audience for this interactive workshop is administrators, supervisors, and clinical staff working alongside peer professionals. Peer specialists are encouraged to attend in order to participate in conversations about implementation strategies for their agency, but should expect basic information about peer services that is already familiar to them.

Note: Participants who have completed the Peer Specialist Supervisor (PSS) certification course may elect to attend only Day 2 of this workshop, due to an overlap in content on Day 1.


  • Both Days – $175
  • Only Day 2 (for PSS only) – $100


If attending both days: 11 total CEU’s (including 3hrs Ethics) provided to a variety of clinical and peer professionals. 11 CEU’s in Peer Support & Leadership provided to certified Peer Specialist Supervisors.

If attending only Day 2: Total of 5.5 CEU’s (including 2 hrs Ethics) provided to a variety of clinical and peer professionals. 5.5 CEU’s in Peer Support & Leadership provided to certified Peer Specialist Supervisors (PSS). 

Workshop Leaders

Amy Pierce
MHPS, PSS, ALF – Peer Services Implementation 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.

Amanda Bowman
LCSW, PSS Recovery Institute Manager

Amanda is a social worker using her clinical field experience and her lived experience with mental health challenges to promote person-centered practices in behavioral 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. She has called Austin home since 2000 when she moved from Louisiana to obtain a Master’s degree at UT. Outside of work, you may find Amanda with her family hiking the Barton Creek Greenbelt or enjoying live music.

No trainings scheduled at this time.

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