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Pathways Vermont is a leader in the state’s peer workforce movement and is working to greatly improve consistency, infrastructure, communication, and resource sharing among the peer-workforce community. We are dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters are in a position to lead healthy and meaningful lives in their community.

Pathways Vermont was awarded a grant for a Peer Workforce Development Initiative (PWDI) by The Department of Mental Health (DMH) in early 2020. The Peer Workforce Development Initiative grant was developed by DMH to help the state build and maintain an infrastructure for a statewide mental health peer workforce. Goals of the initiative include, creating a steering committee, evaluating statewide peer workforce needs, facilitating awareness and participation by providing resources and information to peer support workers, and ensuring the availability of peer support worker training.

“This is a great opportunity to help shift the paradigm around mental health services utilizing the collective voices of Vermonters with shared experiences. We are excited about the possibilities for transformative change by providing empowering connections throughout the statewide peer network.” – Pathways Vermont Executive Director, Hilary Melton


Upcoming Trainings

Online Trainings

  1. Conversations About Suicide PART 1

    November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Conversations About Suicide PART 2

    November 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Customized Trainings

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our trainings

The mission of the PWDI includes the facilitation of various statewide peer support work trainings. Pathways Vermont is working to continuously provide peer workers with innovative and evolving opportunities to learn, grow and share experiences.  Our regular trainings and discussions include, but are not limited to:

  • Intentional Peer Support
  • Harm Reduction
  • Conversations About Suicide
  • Conversation About Oppression and Privilege

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Vermont peer Trainings & opportunities

Vermont SILC Olmstead Webinar #2

October 6th, 2020 10:00am – 12:00pm ET
The VT Statewide Independent Living Council and its partners are working to
address the issues around accessible housing in Vermont, and to reinvigorate the
state’s Olmstead Plan. We will be hearing from Vermont Psychiatric Survivors and
the Vermont Center for Independent Living about the state of accessible housing
and supported living in Vermont. We will then be having discussions on what we
want to see change and what we would like a new Olmstead plan to look like.

1. Hear from organizations and individuals in our community about issues with
accessible and supported housing in Vermont
2. Identify key issues to be addressed
3. Put those issues into an updated VT Olmstead Plan

Registration: If you are interested in being a part of the discussion, or would like to learn more,
you can reach out to Tom at for an invitation or more information.

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Free Webinar: “Doing More Harm Than Good—Why Psychiatric Drugs Fail Over the Long Term”

October 14, 2020, at 5:30am ET 

Prominent investigative journalist and author Robert Whitaker will present a one-hour webinar on “why current pharmacotherapy treatments for chronic mental [health conditions] fail over the long term and the need for innovation to introduce new treatments to combat mental [health conditions].” According to webinar host Mind Medicine Australia, “A historical review of research on antipsychotics and antidepressants reveals that as early as the 1970s, researchers had begun to worry that these drugs might increase the ‘chronicity’ of psychotic disorders and depression.”

6th Annual Global Peer Support Celebration Day

October 15th, 2020

As peer support has become increasingly vital to the recovery and wellbeing of people around the world amidst the pandemic, Global Peer Support Celebration Day (GPSCD) 2020 appreciates and recognizes the outstanding efforts of peer supporters everywhere.

Led by N.A.P.S., GPSCD this year will feature a diverse panel of peer support voices, including peer support leaders and allies, as they speak on critical topics and advances in the field of peer support and recovery. We invite you to join this virtual celebration on October 15th, 2020, as we come together to celebrate peer support and peer supporters around the world.

GPSCD 2020 webinar (with Q&A segment) will run from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT on October 15th, 2020. Please register to join this worldwide celebration.

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Meet Our Trainers

Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez

Pathways Vermont

Lindsay Mesa

Pathways Vermont

J Helms

Pathways Vermont

Alex Ferguson

Pathways Vermont

Calvin Moen

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community

Malaika Puffer

Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Vermont