Dear APS Learners,
Welcome back! Term 2 2019 will begin at noon on Monday, April 29.
All of the courses and tests have been reset, so you again have 2 attempts in Term 2 to pass the test for each course.
If you need assistance with anything related to the courses, send email to Maryam, our user support specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If you have questions about your certification or recertification, visit the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board website http://nypeerspecialist.org. We are a separate organization and do not have authority or access to answer certification questions. Contact information for the Certification Board is on their site.
Updates for Term 2
We made improvements to most of the 48 existing courses, based on your feedback. We review and consider comments you make in the Course Evaluations, and work during the one month break between terms toward incorporating as many of the comments as possible to make the courses a better experience for all. We appreciate all of your suggestions. One example of a requested change was to include more photos of from the early days of the movement in the Historical Roots of the Peer Support Movement course. Gayle Bluebird, one of the historians of the movement, graciously agreed to review the course and she provided many personal photos, which led to the creation of a virtual History Gallery on the Virtual Community website as well as in the course. A heartfelt thank you to Gayle Bluebird for her help with the revisions to the course. And a big thank you to all of our subject matter experts, beta reviewers, and advisory council members who work with our team.
Under development now
A few new courses are planned for the coming terms and one new course under development is how Peers can Support Financial Wellness. Have you ever had personal experience with gaining or regaining economic self-sufficiency or financial wellness? We are gathering stories to include in this course and other venues. Your story might give hope to others financial wellness is possible. The deadline to let us know you want your story included is April 30. To learn more, click here.
So again, welcome back! We hope you enjoy the spring and this next part of your learning journey with us.
Academy of Peer Services Team
If you want to get involved, beyond taking courses, subscribe to the Virtual Community email list, click here.
To learn more about the Virtual Community, read below.
APS Virtual Learning Community
The Virtual Community is a project of the Academy to help our learners to connect, communicate, and collaborate with others in the peer support workforce. There is a Job Bank and Calendar with announcements posted within 48 hours and a monthly Newsletter. We hold online networking meetings (by Zoom) on the 2nd and last Tuesday of each month, and our community is growing!
The upcoming Networking meetings will be on:
• Tuesday, April 30 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
Wellness for Personal and Professional Practice, with Peggy Swarbrick
The New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium is offering Networking Breakfasts on the first Friday of each month and free leadership development webinars on the second Friday of each month. Plan to join on May 10, 1:00 pm for the first in this webinar series with Peggy Swarbrick. The topic is Wellness for Personal and Professional Practice. The webinar is free, but registration is required. To register, click here.
Deadline to submit announcements for the Virtual Community Newsletter is May 1
The webinar announcement above is just one example of the types of announcements we include in our Calendar and Newsletter.
Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Send email by May 1 to email@example.com
To subscribe to the Virtual Community email list and belong to this growing community, click here.
Rita Cronise, Coordinator
APS Virtual Learning Community