We are back in person for this years Peers Empower Peers annual
conference! As devoted peers we invest our hearts, and energy into caring for,
advocating for, empowering, and supporting others. That is no small task. As caring
professionals it is absolutely essential that our own needs are routinely cared for
too. Through regular self-care and tending to our own wholistic wellness we can
find greater sustainability and effectiveness in our roles as peers. Join us, in
person, for this this years peer wholistic wellness centered conference, “PEER &
SIMPLE: It Starts With a Balanced YOU!”
In 2018, A group of Eastern Washington Peers recognized the need for opportunities to grow, network and celebrate recovery for peers in Eastern and Central Washington and began a discussion. This resulted in the first annual Peers Empower Peers (PEP) conference on July 13, 2019! In response to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the PEP Conference Committee made the decision to go virtual for the 2nd annual conference. The conference was a tremendous success in bringing folks together to share their passion for recovery and to build lasting connections.In an effort to build on and sustain those connections, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a 5th annual conference this year on June 17th and will be in person to bring our peer community together.Speakers coming soon
Thomas Jackson is a self-motivated individual known for
his unwavering determination and genuine love for others.
A loyal friend would describe him as someone who never
gives up and consistently spreads positivity. Thomas's
compelling speeches on self-care resonate deeply with his
audience, captivating them with his authentic belief in the
importance of prioritizing one's well-being. Through his
words, people are inspired to embrace self-care as a vital
component of a fulfilling and balanced life.
Annette Jones is co-founder of Jones Community Solutions, a for-profit, Peer run, social services enterprise and co-developer of Community Life, a virtual community drop-in center focused on mental health recovery & wellness. She has been certified as a Peer Counselor since 2015 and has found her niche working as a Change Agent with services and organizations in the community that are already doing great work. Annette works to eliminate stigma and discrimination by creating all-inclusive community events, providing educational workshops, seminars and trainings to the community at large, and by partnering with other organizations to provide new community solutions to old social challenges. She has been a trainer for the Washington State Certified Peer Training in six modules, including Trauma-Informed, Ethics and Boundaries, Cross-Cultural Partnership, Supporting Goal Setting, Facilitating Groups for Recovery, and Supporting Self-advocacy, and participated in the collaboration to write the Peer Bridge Training Curriculum for Recovery Coaches. She is certified as a Peer Group Facilitator, Recovery Coach, Mental Health First Aid, DBT Skills Group, Recovery Advocacy, Trauma-Informed, and the Teen Program training for Strong African American Families. Annette attended four years at the University of California, Berkeley, and enjoys being a lifelong learner.
Calling all presenters!
Nora is a Spokane Tribal Member who has been in the counseling field for 23years working primarily with Native American youth and families. Nora has worked with women in addiction, high risk pregnancies and domestic violence issues as a PCAP supervisor and mental health counselor. She practices holistic healing and is trained in heart centered hypnotherapy, incorporating many traditional ways of healing to address issues related to generational and complex trauma.
Jessica Goulart’s journey as a peer leader began when she first went through the state’s peer training to receive her certification. However, her passion and desire to work with others really began with a desire to teach, to share her gift of art with the world (both hands on and written) and to bring her teaching experience to a whole new level as it has been such a rewarding, centering, and calming coping skill that she has carried through a lifetime of many different types of challenges, as well as positive experiences. When Jessica left the Pottery studio to seek education, she had no idea whether she would be likely to pick up clay again. However, recently during Covid she decided to bring home a box of clay, and was pleased to learn that it was as if she had never put it down. Jessica has brought many people the gift of art through her recent experience as a Peer, and thinks of herself as a kind of community connector, and arts advocate, volunteering in multiple different atmospheres, leading all types of craft and writing groups whenever the opportunity arises. Jessica is currently involved with Peer Spokane as a Peer Coach and has also been connecting with Spark Central in a number of different ways, and enjoys sharing the many available programs at both places with individuals in the community. Jessica is a persistent and tenacious leader who pursues her goals with unwavering commitment and compassion for all that she meets. Jessica is a writer, an artist, a leader, a community connector, and a really good friend to have.
Allyssa is a passionate peer educator, advocate, and mentor. Over the years she has served as a support group facilitator and peer leader with local mental health nonprofits. She has helped in organizing and leading various mental health offerings to educate and support the community-at-large, including community forums, trainings, and workshops. Allyssa is a certified Reiki Master-Teacher, has taken lay-ordination vows in a Zen Buddhist community, is a certified Interfaith/Inter-Spiritual Director, and founded an online community (Everyday Sacred Mystery℠) offering classes, meditations, and community gatherings. Informed by her own journey, Allyssa has integrated numerous effective avenues and methods to assist peers’ holistic healing, personal development, and overall wellbeing. Allyssa’s deepest passion is connecting with and empowering others to transform their stories of darkness into powerful lessons of hope, inspiration, courage, resiliency, and growth. She believes that mental health peers are a force to be reckoned with. “When we join hands to support, encourage, and shine light on each others paths, we are all better able to fully embrace our challenging, sometimes messy, yet beautiful life journeys. There are no limits to what we can accomplish, together.”
Hours of speakers and workshops
Day of peer insights
Conference to rule them all
This workshop you will be invited to engage in Interactive conversations around the value of boundaries and the skills to sustain oneself.
This workshop will help you learn how to build and foster the balance needed for a truly holistic approach to recovery and support. We will be utilizing humor and fun to help balance the heavier parts of the work we do.
Self-care is a sustainable and holistic investment in our minds and bodies. It includes taking good care of our physical health, looking after our minds and tending to our emotions. In this interactive workshop we will explore the Wheel of Wellness and how to use it to support our holistic wellbeing!
This engaging and playful workshop will inspire, stretch and empower you to explore your contemplative and innovative sides! Through guided meditation, and creative expression we will find and tap into our powerful and nourishing flow state!
Through culturally responsive information and dissemination approaches, this workshop will motivate and excite learners to "Keep F*#%ing Going" within their agencies, relationships, and lives.
As identified by SAMSHA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness, spiritually is one piece of the puzzle to our holistic wellbeing. Join us for this inspiring and powerful workshop where we will explore what it means to tend to your spiritual wellness. Practice and discover new ways to help find balance and peace amidst the extreme pressures of modern life and the added impacts of working in caring professions.
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