Temple U Collaborative Launches Web Series on Peer Run Programs, Specialists

New Webinar Opportunity!

Peer-Run Programs and Community Inclusion

November 15, 2012 (2PM/EST)



Join the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse for their first in a series of free webinars on the role of Certified Peer Specialists in promoting community inclusion. The four-part webinar series, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is designed to provide a national platform for the discussion of roles that peer specialists and peer-run programs can play in offering the supports and services that individuals may need to participate more fully in the day-to-day lives of their communities.


The first webinar, November 15th, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, will focus on innovative programs that peer-run programs have designed to promote community inclusion, and will draw on a national survey of peer-run programs jointly conducted by The Collaborative and The Clearinghouse. Results of the survey ("Into the Thick of Things: Connecting Consumers to Community Life - A Compendium of Community Inclusion Initiatives for People with Psychiatric Disabilities at Consumer-Run Programs") can be found on the Temple University Collaborative website (http://www.tucollaborative.org/pdfs/COMPENDIUM_of_Innovative_CI_Projects_11-29_10.pdf). The webinar will review innovative peer-run programs that have helped to connect people to mainstream community organizations: to work opportunities and independent living settings, and to religious congregations and civic and volunteer activities beyond those offered within mental health programs.


November's Webinar will include:

·  Introduction and Overview / Joseph Rogers (Executive Director, National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse)

·  Survey Results: Effective Peer-Run Models / Christa Burkett (Co-Chair, Temple University Collaborative National Leadership Committee)

·  Personal Experiences / Bryce Hewlett (Executive Director, Delaware Consumer Recovery Coalition)


Please register for Into the Thick of Things: Certified Peer Specialists in Peer-Run Services on Nov 15, 2012 2:30 PM EST at:


 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note the topics of the next three webinars in this series:

January 2013 - Certified Peer Specialists: Promoting Community Inclusion in Rural Areas

March 2013 - Certified Peer Specialists: Supporting Meaningful Employment

May 2013 - Certified Peer Specialists: Connecting to Spiritual Communities


We will notify you of the specific dates and times of these 2013 events in the new year. Please direct any questions you have to Christa Burkett at cburkett@mhasp.org or (267) 507-3811.



Christa Burkett

Technical Assistance Coordinator

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse

1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(267) 507-3811