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Professional Experience:

Peer Program Specialist

ACMH, Inc., New York, NY
July 2018-Present

  • Teaches skills for maintaining personal hygiene, laundry and apartment cleaning.
  • Teaches skills for budgeting, shopping, meal planning, preparation, and clean up.
  • Teaches travel skills and escorts clients, where needed.

Certified Peer Specialist

Philhaven, Mt Gretna, PA
January 2010-April 2018

  • Assist consumers to develop their own goals by teaching and developing skills needed to support the individuals’ recovery.
  • Communicate personal recovery experiences and develop trust and understanding with the individual.
  • Provide a model for both people in recovery and staff by demonstrating that recovery is possible.
  • Educate professional staff on the recovery process.

Paxton Ministries, Harrisburg, PA
February 2009-January 2010

  • Assist consumers to develop their own goals by teaching and developing skills needed to support the individuals’ recovery.
  • Communicate personal recovery experiences and develop trust and understanding with the individual.
  • Provide a model for both people in recovery and staff by demonstrating that recovery is possible.
  • Educate professional staff on the recovery process.

Community Support Program Chair

Cumberland/Perry Community Support Program, Carlisle, PA
January 2010-August 2018

  • Facilitate monthly Cumberland/Perry Community Support Program meetings.
  • Plan and organize conferences, activities, and events for consumer involvement, mental health awareness, and advocacy.
  • Attend regional and statewide meetings related to the Community Support Program in Pennsylvania.

Central Region CSP Technical Assistance Coordinator

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association, Harrisburg, PA
March 2016-August 2018

  • Provide technical assistance for Central Region Community Support Program meetings.
  • Provide technical assistance for local Community Support Programs within the Central Region.
  • Facilitate administrative duties which are necessary for the Central Region Community Support Program to operate efficiently.

Certifications:

  • Consumer Connections
    Mental Health Association of New Jersey
    November 2018
  • Core Training
    Academy of Peer Services
    July 2017
  • Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator Training
    The Copeland Center
    June 2013
  • LGBTQI Creating a Welcoming and Affirming Environment
    PMHCA/Drexel College of Medicine/OMHSAS
    February 2013
  • Peer Support within the Criminal Justice System
    PMHCA/Drexel College of Medicine/OMHSAS
    May 2011
  • Peer Employment Training
    Recovery Opportunity Center
    September 2008

Community Involvement:

  • Housing
  • LGBTQI
  • Government Budget & Policy
  • Mental Health
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Presentation & Co-Facilitation Expertise:

  • Co-Presented on Peer Support Action Planning Session for OMHSAS Mental Health Planning Council.
  • Co-Facilitated Peer Support Action Planning Session.
  • Co-Facilitated 2 hour overviews of Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®).
  • Co-Facilitated 3 day Peer Support within the Criminal Justice System workshops.
  • Created and Co-Facilitated a 75 minute workshop on WRAP® for Compassion Fatigue.
  • Co-Facilitated 8 week Mental Health Recovery & Wellness Recovery Acton Plan® classes.
  • Co-Facilitated 2 ½ – 3 day Mental Health Recovery & Wellness Recovery Action Plan workshops.
  • Co-Created and Co-Facilitated 5 day Standardized Forensic Trainings.
  • Co-Facilitated 5 DAY WRAP® Facilitator Trainings.