On October 10th Tennessee will hold its first of what we hope are many peer specialist conferences. Available research testifies to the
potential of the peer specialist role to be a powerful force for recovery. At this point thousands of Tennesseans can speak personally to that experience,
rather it be through their participation in peer support centers, in
hospitals or a growing array of other programs making use of this
role. They know first hand that the lived experience of one person
can have a positive benefit upon the life of another. Thousands of
other Tennesseans have been involved in things like WRAP, Bridges or
other forms of recovery training that have introduced them to the role
of peer support specialist and have begun to equip them with the
skills to become a peer specialist themselves.
Our conferencence is planned to provide information and skills to three
broad groups of people: those who want to become peer specialists,
those who are already peer specialists, and those who may supervise
peer specialists or have further interest in learning about the ideas
Our keynote speaker will be Joseph Rogers from the the National Mental Health Consumers Self Help Clearinghouse in Philadelphia. As most of you know he as also been very involved in the planning and implementation of the Alternatives Conference. Few people that I can think of have as much to say or as much to offer as him.
We are extremely excited. This is an idea whose time has come and we hope this conference will go a long way towards defining the conversation in Tennessee. If you are in Tennessee I hope you will considering joining us. If you would like more information please let me know and I will be glad to see that conference information is sent to you.
Looking forward to seeing you.