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Welcome to Changing the Conversation! We discuss critical and timely topics focused on homelessness, substance use, mental health, and trauma. Our hosts interview health and human service experts, researchers, and advocates. Conversations explore how we can adapt our systems to the rapidly changing landscape of social services.

May 29, 2018

Guest host Kristen Paquette, Rebecca Zwicker, and Cheryl Gagne discuss how peer recovery coaches make an impact. They also address the evolving professional landscape for peer support roles, including job descriptions, training, and certifications.

Rebecca Zwicker is a peer recovery coach with Family Continuity Program...


Mar 27, 2017

Dr. Ellen Bassuk and Senior Associate Justine Hanson join Jeff Olivet to review the findings of their systematic review regarding the relationship between peer support and reoccurring substance use. They looked at not only the quantity of existing research but the quality of methodologies used within...


Nov 7, 2016

Andre Johnson, President and CEO of Detroit Recovery Project, discusses how peer workers make use of mindfulness, massage, and other self care modalities in helping to reduce recidivism rates in the addiction...


Feb 1, 2016

Gloria Dickerson talks about the impact employees with lived experience can have in service provision.