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Mad Movement Histories (virtual)

DATES: Thursday 11/2 and 11/16, 1230pm-430pm each day (*this is a two-day event*) DESCRIPTION: Come explore mad* movement histories through themes of resistance to oppression and building alternative supports, and through lenses of racial, disability, economic, and gender justice. We will look at and discuss some primary sources, and there will be short assignments in advance of our sessions. […]

Intentional Peer Support Core (Virtual)

Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. Based on Shery Mead’s book, Intentional Peer Support: An Alternative Approach, our virtual […]

Harm Reduction Approach to Psych Drugs

DATES: Thursdays 12/7 and 12/14, 12:30-4:30pm each day (this is a two-day workshop) As peer support workers, we are sometimes discouraged from having conversations about psych drugs and are encouraged to leave it to the medical professionals. While we cannot give medical advice or replace the role of doctors, we can offer supportive conversations that […]

Relationship-First Approach to Extreme States

In this interactive workshop, participants will gain insight into and practice an approach that centers personal connection, empathy, and mutuality when supporting people who experience extreme or unusual states and/or have extraordinary beliefs. Participants will explore ways to negotiate boundaries and disparate needs while maintaining values of choice, transparency, equality, community, and possibility. Topics include […]

Intentional Peer Support Virtual Overview (90 minutes)

“As peer support in mental health proliferates, we must be mindful of our intention: social change. It is not about developing more effective services, but rather about creating dialogues that have influence on all of our understandings, conversations, and relationships.” – Shery Mead, Founder of IPS Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about […]

Relationship-First Approach to Extreme States

In this interactive workshop, participants will gain insight into and practice an approach that centers personal connection, empathy, and mutuality when supporting people who experience extreme or unusual states and/or have extraordinary beliefs. Participants will explore ways to negotiate boundaries and disparate needs while maintaining values of choice, transparency, equality, community, and possibility. Topics include […]

Autonomy, Choice, & Self-Determination: Harm Reduction

Autonomy, Choice, & Self-Determination: Harm Reduction In this interactive workshop, participants will gain insight into applying harm reduction principles when supporting folks having a variety of experiences. Together we’ll explore how to meet folks where they are and practice a person-centered, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach to harm and risk reduction. Participants will investigate the utilization […]

Pathways Vermont’s Relationship-First Practice

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore ways to tolerate and embrace discomfort in their relationships with service recipients while learning about the values of Pathways Vermont’s Relationship-First Practice: humanity, authenticity, collaboration, humility, curiosity, and hope. Through this practice, service providers vulnerably embrace and investigate their discomfort, deepen their practice of empathy, and build powerful, […]

A Harm Reduction Approach to Psychiatric Drugs (Vermont Only)

Training schedule: Tues 5/21 and Thurs 5/23 , 1230-430pm each day (this is a two-day workshop) As peer support workers, we are sometimes discouraged from having conversations about psych drugs and are encouraged to leave it to the medical professionals. While we cannot give medical advice or replace the role of doctors, we can offer […]

Intentional Peer Support Overview Training (4-hour)

“As peer support in mental health proliferates, we must be mindful of our intention: social change. It is not about developing more effective services, but rather about creating dialogues that have influence on all of our understandings, conversations, and relationships.” – Shery Mead, Founder of IPS Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about […]