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APS Virtual Learning Community | April Newsletter Available

APS Virtual Learning Community | April Newsletter Available

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Virtual Learning Community Newsletter | April 16, 2019

To view the full issue, click here

Or visit the Virtual Community website:


 Dear Academy of Peer Services Learners and Friends,

See the attached link for this month’s newsletter, which is focused on Communities of Practice and collaboration. This month's newsletter features some exciting new resources and developments:


The Community Calendar is now up to four pages in length -- and growing -- as peers around the state contribute activities, events, and meetings that are open to peers. If you have some happening, let us know. Don’t get left out next month!


A few highlights – check the Calendar online and in the Newsletter for much more!


The HAHA Conference in Buffalo is on April 26. More about this in the online calendar and in the newsletter.


The Many Faces and Places of Peer Support is our newest series of lunch-n-learn webinars, in collaboration with the Office of Mental Health, which will be held on the last Friday of each month.


The NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Coalition is also collaborating with us on a series of Professional and Leadership Development webinars, which will be on the second Friday of each month, starting with one on Personal and Professional Wellness with Peggy Swarbrick on May 10. More about this webinar in the newsletter.


The NYC Peer Workforce Coalition (a separate peer networking group from the above Consortium) is holding their One-Day Summit on May 29.


Submit your activities and events –

If you have news to share for the newsletter and website, drop us a note at:


The Job Bank now has over 100 verified peer specialist job openings each month. Let peers know about this resource! If you know employers with openings, have them get in touch with us to post their openings on our site.


APS Virtual Community - Networking Meetings

Want to make connections and share what you’re doing in peer support or supervison? The Academy of Peer Services Virtual Community meets by phone and video conference on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, alternating between evenings (2nd Tuesday) and afternoons (4th Tuesday).  

Upcoming meetings will be held on:

  • Tuesday, April 23 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 28 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 25 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

During these meetings we introduce ourselves, share accomplishments, connect around issues we might be struggling with, or just discuss topics of interest and resources that others might find helpful. Anyone with a role in the peer support workforce (peer specialists, supervisors, recovery coaches, etc.) are welcome.

Join the Virtual Learning Community Listserv for connection information, agendas and reminder notices on how to connect to our Networking Meetings. | To sign up, click here.

Share Your Financial Wellness

We are working on a new course for the Academy of Peer Service. Help us to give hope to our peers! Share your Financial Wellness Story!


Deadline to submit is April 30, 2019
(See attachment for details.)

Reminder: Term 2 of the Academy of Peer Services starts on Monday, April 29.

We look forward to your participation in the coming term! In the meantime, enjoy this month's Virtual Community Newsletter online

Rita Cronise, Virtual Learning Community Coordinator