Welcome to the 2021 Peer Recovery Support Services Conference - Advancing Peer Services in West Virginia. During this FREE three-day virtual event, you’ll learn more about the role of peer recovery support services specialists from national and locally recognized speakers. You will increase your intervention skills by practicing methods and developing skills necessary to coach others. You will also hear more about ethical guidelines and boundaries for peer specialists. This conference is designed for you. We challenge you to explore the complex issues associated with building and working in a peer recovery system. We encourage you to explore new partnerships and liaisons. We invite you to enjoy this time together with your peers. We are so glad you’re here.
REGISTRATION: Registration is required and there is no charge to attend. When you register, you will create a password to be used with your email address to access the event.
CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE): CE units (or hours) are not issued for this event. Rather, each participant will receive a copy of the agenda and a training certificate which can be used toward certification hours if approved by their respective credentialing boards or agencies.
Platform Tutorial Video:
Karen L. Fortuna, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College
Dr. Fortuna is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College. Dr. Fortuna works in equal partnership with peer support specialists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in co-producing and empirically testing digital peer support technologies and trainings. Dr. Fortuna serves on the APAs Expert Advisory panel on smartphone app development and PCORI's Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement. She serves as editor of the Journal of Participatory Medicine.
Welcome and Conference Opening from the Christina Mullins, Commissioner, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Behavioral Health
The adaption and application of the essential skills of peer support is foundational to the work of peer supporters. This can build out and up exponentially to assist others, since recovery is unlimited. Having these skills will provide the majority of the substance of peer skill sets. As the result of participating in this plenary, individuals will:
1. be informed of the essential skills of peer support
2. see ways to develop the skills
3. hear techniques of how to apply the skill sets
"It's our brain's job to allow us to cope with stress gracefully, but to do that, it needs to be fed optimally!" In this session, you will learn how a well-fed, balanced brain supports the recovery process, and how to feed the brain what it needs to function optimally.
Suicide prevention is the responsibility of everyone and within the capability of anyone. The purpose of the workshop is to increase the willingness and capability of participants to interact with at-risk individuals in providing for appropriate dialogue when interacting with someone at risk. Specifically, participants will learn how to recognize, respond and take actions to help someone with suicidal ideation.
In this session, we will go over what the PR (peer recovery) credential consists of, the requirements to attain and maintain it, and some of the ethical challenges posed by being a person in long-term recovery working with others who are also in recovery from substance use disorder.
Training will be provided to individuals regarding naloxone administration as well as training others in naloxone administration. This is a Naloxone Train-the-Trainer Training.
Welcome and Day 2 Conference Opening from David Sanders, Recovery Supports Advisor, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Behavioral Health
As peer support specialists seek to quickly and effectively offer digital peer support across the United States, it is important that they — and their organizations — know the landscape of digital peer support from video games to text messaging. This session will cover topics including practical information on how to quickly and effectively build digital peer support capacity in your organization, including developing technology infrastructure, peer support specialists and service user training, and sustainability considerations.
Today‘s current climate of political and social unrest, coupled with a pandemic exposing care and wellness inequality, seemingly has created an environment for methodological pluralism to advance humanity through the integration of humanism into practice and research. A first step toward to tenably and impartially address health inequities requires one to explore ways we practice and conduct research. This reflection requires fundamentally considering the way we understand the premise informing the practice of mental health and substance use services. Take a historical journal to learn about reductionism in medicine to humanism in peer support services. Here, learn about partnering with community members to produce superior outcomes compared to siloed, hierarchical approaches initiated on behalf of—not with--disadvantaged populations.
This lecture will review the types of medications for Opioid Use Disorder, their role in the spectrum of treatment of OUD, and address common misconceptions around their use.
Of all challenges a Peer Recovery Support Specialist faces, one of the most difficult is that of co-occurring disorders. How can a PRSS recognize a co-occurring mental health issue ... and what can the Peer do to treat the individual with the issues?
Overview of the Drug Free Mother Baby Program
Overview of CAMC's Baby 1st
Stigma in Pregnancy
During this session, attendees will learn about transportation options in West Virginia. Those options include rides to treatment, recovery support services, employment, trainings and education related activities, and medical appointments. Transportation systems managed by Jobs & Hope WV, the Department of Health and Human Resources' (DHHR) Bureau for Behavioral Health, and the DHHR's Bureau for Medical Services will be highlighted in this session.
Welcome and Day 3 Conference Opening from Rachel Thaxton, Assistant Director, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Office of Drug Control Policy
Recovery Capital is the volume of internal and external assets and resources that an individual may have to obtain and sustain recovery from a substance use disorder. Recovery capital, or recovery capacity, differs from individual to individual and differs within the same individual at multiple points in time. Recovery capital also interacts with problem severity to shape the intensity and duration of supports needed to achieve recovery. This interaction dictates the intensity or level of care one needs in terms of professional treatment and the intensity and duration of post-treatment recovery support services. This workshop will explore how the Recovery Capital Assessment can be used to improve outcomes of individuals experiencing an SUD, and also support measurable outcomes for an organization providing SUD supports and services.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation hosted the 2020 Summit on Race Matters series in response to the racial unrest that erupted around the world after George Floyd was killed. In this session, Dr. Foster will share the Foundation's experience with the Summit and recommendations resulting from it.
This session will provide an overview of the different levels of care of recovery housing, explain the value of referring to certified recovery residences, and discuss how peer recovery support specialists can help their program participants understand their options and protect their rights.
This presentation will address People First Language and will help people to understand the importance of words chosen when referring to individuals with disabilities; to become aware of statements that represent People First Language and to apply People First Language in everyday use. It will also include history on People First Language and relative videos.
Learn what compassion fatigue is and your level of risk. Provide differentiation between compassion fatigue and burnout. Prepare for personal reactions you may experience when working with individuals who have an addiction. Learn about and identify positive coping strategies.
Join us for opening remarks from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health.
A new report from the National Academy of Medicine calls for prioritizing child mental, emotional and behavioral health based on rapidly expanding science in the fields of prevention of mental health problems and promoting healthy development. This session will review the report findings on prevalence of problems, the science of healthy child development, effectiveness and implementation of interventions, and conclusions. Specific questions about the role of prevention and promotion for children in West Virginia are raised for consideration.
This session will review current information related to outcomes in vulnerable populations from covid-19 and overview what is currently understood about covid-19. The link between covid-19 and SUD will be discussed, as will issues like deaths of despair and hopelessness and adverse childhood experiences in durable outcomes in at-risk populations. Lastly, prevention strategies will be discussed to demonstrate interdependencies of risk factors that impact health outcomes and apply this to WV and to US populations.
FrameWorks’ research shows that members of the public primarily think about “health” as simply the consequence of genes and individual lifestyle choices. As a result, they have a hard time understanding the idea of prevention as anything more than individuals making different choices. In this session, we’ll explore the dominant beliefs that shape people’s understanding of health and prevention and what that means for your messages. Participants will be introduced to research-tested strategies for changing how people think about health and the systems and environments that support it.
Stretch, grab some lunch and come back and join us..
In April 2020, the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health, along with prevent launched a collaborative, cross-sector planning process to develop a unified, comprehensive, statewide plan to strengthen and sustain West Virginia’s prevention infrastructure. This strategic plan will drive alignment among prevention champions, policy makers and other stakeholders and will build support for the value of prevention and new strategic directions. This session will provide a snapshot of the collaborative planning process, and key concepts of the draft plan will be shared to lay the groundwork for feedback from Summit participants.
This session will be a panel discussion of public and private prevention policy advocates. It will center on how policy and practice are interconnected and the value of establishing and maintaining the relationships among all.
This session will discuss the importance of preventing child abuse, and how policies that support stronger families are an important tool in prevention.
This session will introduce the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience framework as a lens to understand community-level trauma, focusing on its application in preventing and addressing substance misuse and mental health crisis. The session will outline skills needed for a prevention workforce prepared to accelerate equity, justice and community-trauma informed approaches within communities that are most impacted.
This session provides an overview of the current scope of drug use among youth and college students, an overview of the seven keys to an effective drug misuse prevention program, and an overview of resources available from DEA to attendees to support their prevention efforts.
Cognition -- how our brains process information, or the mechanisms of thinking -- has a lot to do with our effectiveness as communicators. In this interactive session, we'll explore what can go wrong when we don't take cognitive processes into account in developing messages and discuss evidence-based communications strategies that can strengthen the impact of your communications, no matter what the topic.
Dr. Patrice Harris, a West Virginia native, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and the first African-American woman to serve as AMA president, will share her personal leadership journey in medicine, including the obstacles she’s overcome and lessons learned along the way. She will discuss the importance of prevention within the contexts of children’s mental health, chronic disease prevention, and the COVID-19 pandemic. She will highlight the importance of an “all-hands-on-deck” approach with physicians and other health care providers working with state and local policymakers and community-based organizations to bring about positive change.