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Welcome to Changing the Conversation! We discuss critical and timely topics focused on equity, 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 and Worcester Program for Addiction Recovery.  Cheryl Gagne, Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation, is involved in national work to identify and develop core competencies for peer workers.

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Organizations & Resources Mentioned
Family Continuity Program
Worcester Program for Addiction Recovery, Worcester Police Department
Blackstone Valley Connector
Workforce Central Career Center
Massachusetts Access to Recovery
Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)
Substance Use and Addictions Training & Workforce Development (Massachusetts)
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI)
More Information
Peer Providers (SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions)
Core Competencies for Peer Workers (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Principles of Harm Reduction (Harm Reduction Coalition)
National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals)
Substance Use Disorder Peer Supervision Competencies (The Regional Facilitation Center, Portland, OR)
Peer Recovery (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium)
ED Recovery Coach Program (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery)