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August Newsletter

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August Newsletter

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Next Webinar
This Friday - August 9, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm

Webinar: Peer Career Advancement 
Presenters Gita Enders and Keven Cleare
joined by Jessica Wolf and Liz Breier
To register, click here.

In this webinar we explore what is meant by peer career advancement, a variety of career development options, and proactive strategies for peers in creating or taking advantage of career opportunities. This webinar is part of the Professional and Leadership Development series by the New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium, in partnership with the Academy of Peer Services (APS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health, Office of Consumer Affairs.
Registration is free closes at 9:00 am on the morning of the webinar.

To register,  click here.
Please share this opportunity with others! 
Fall Terms 2019

Term 3 of the Academy begins at noon on Monday, August 26. 
August Newsletter

This month we begin by highlighting our Virtual Community's Summer Reading of Pat Deegan's classic speech, Recovery and the Conspiracy of Hope.  Page 3 of the Newsletter contains an excerpt of the speech with an invitation to an online discussion onForLikeMinds about creating a Conspiracy of Hope. 
Preview of Coming Attractions 

New and updated courses coming this Fall. 
  • Supporting Financial Wellness: From Hardship to Hope (New - Fall 2019)
  • Social Security Entitlements (Updated Fall 2019)
  • Moving Beyond Disability (Updated Fall 2019)
  • Introduction to the Supervision of Peer Specialists (Updated Fall 2019)
Virtual Community 

Activities to bridge the gap between online learning and real world practice.

Check the Calendar for the latest on upcoming events.
The calendar is updated regularly and reprinted in the monthly newsletter.

To share an event in your region, send email to


Networking Meetings are held online twice monthly on the 2nd and last Tuesday of the month.

The next meetings will will be on:   
  • Tuesday, August 13 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To receive invitations and connection information on the Virtual Community email list, click here. 
Faces and Places of Peer Support Webinar Series

This series highlights excellence in peer support programs and services 

APS Recorded Webinars 
(Click the links below to access recordings and presentation slides.) 

A Needs-Based Toolkit for Organizational Readiness and Peer Workforce Integration with Aviva Cohen, Coordinator, New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium  Presentation Slides 

Wellness Collaborative of New York – Independent Practice Association (WCNY-IPA) with Joseph Swinford, Executive Director Presentation Slides

Understanding Peer Services with Kirsten Vincent of Housing Options  Presentation Slides

To view recordings for these and information to register for upcoming webinars in the series, visit Faces and Places of Peer Support.
NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Webinar Series

This series is designed for professional and leadership development of the peer workforce

More Recorded Webinars in partnership with the Virtual Community

Previous webinars in our partnership with the NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium included:

Supporting Financial Wellness with Oscar Jimenez-Solomon (Broadcast on June 14, 2019)

Wellness for Personal and Professional Practice with Peggy Swarbrick (Broadcast on May 10, 2019)

To view recordings for these and information to register for upcoming webinars in this series, you can also find it on the Virtual Community visit Faces and Places of Peer Support page. 

Explore our Virtual Community!

In addition the the August Newsletter, there's lot's more to explore on our website:

(Please share this newsletter with others!)

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To access current and back issues of the newsletter, click here

To subscribe to our free Virtual Community mailing list, click here

To send announcements of interest to the peer support workforce in New York State, send email to 

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