Peer Services Implementation (PSI): A Taster

Peer Services Implementation (PSI): A Taster


What do we mean by “integration” when discussing peer services at behavioral health clinics? In this FREE 90-min session, participants will learn about the 5 domains of Peer Services Implementation and reflect on typical challenges related to integration of peer services at behavioral health agencies, using concepts of isolation, integration, and co-optation. This session is geared toward anyone working in behavioral health care who is interested in learning more about the role of peer support and provides a sample of the 2-day workshop: Demystifying the Peer Workforce.

Purpose and Audience

This workshop is designed for participants that work in a variety of roles within their organizations.  It will benefit individual participants as they explore the application of the practice, rather than prepare them for full organizational implementation. This session is not a prerequisite for other PCRP workshops but is complementary to all other PCRP offerings and provides a sampling of our 2-day workshop. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental principles of Person Centered Recovery Planning.
  • Apply person centered principles to a real life scenario or challenge.
  • Identify at least 1 action to take following this training that furthers person-centered practices at their organization. 

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.

Register for the following dates:

CANCELLED! November 3, 2020: 10:00-11:30 am CST

November 6, 2020: 1:00-2:30 pm CST

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