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July–September

PEER RECOVERY SUPPORT VIRTUAL SUMMIT SERIES

Join us from July–September for our Peer Recovery Support Summit Series, Culture of Hope—an immersive 3-month virtual series of workshops, discussions, and recovery-oriented activity events brought together exclusively for peer recovery support professionals.

Gain insights, inspiration, connections, and strategies for opioid recovery with topics focusing on diversity and equity to the latest in best care practices. All events lead up to our virtual walk at the end of September, where we hope to conclude the series by celebrating recovery and our “Culture of Hope”.

Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Don Coyhis

Don Coyhis

President

White Bison, Inc.

Dr. Petros Levounis

Dr. Petros Levounis

Professor, Chair, and Chief of Service

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital

Valerie Mielke

Valerie Mielke

Assistant Commissioner

New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Department of Human Services

Anna Treviño

Anna Treviño

Assistant Director

Texas Tech University Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities

Dr. Juliana Mosley

Dr. Juliana Mosley

Educator/Administrator and Consultant

Kelvin Young

Kelvin Young

Community Health Worker

InterCommunity HealthCare

Sabrina Sabater

Sabrina Sabater

Director of Recovery Support

Prevention Links

Bianca Mayes

Bianca Mayes

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Garden State Equality

Jennise Nieves

Jennise Nieves

Assistant Principal of Student Wellness & Prevention Programs
Student Assistance Counselor (SAC)

K.E.Y.S. Academy Recovery High School

Laura Cooley

Laura Cooley

Health Educator

Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Tom Hill

Tom Hill

Vice President of Practice Improvement

National Council for Behavioral Health

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown

Certified Trauma Practitioner & Instructor

Institute for Family Professionals

Joseph Green

Joseph Green

CEO

LMSvoice

Nikki Nichols

Nikki Nichols

Adult Treatment and Recovery High School Therapist

Coastal Preparatory High School

Chris Freeman

Chris Freeman

Community Recovery Supervisor, Collegiate Recovery Program

The College of New Jersey

Keith Murphy

Keith Murphy

Recovery Counselor, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
Counseling, Alcohol and other Drug Assistance Program, Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Rutgers Health Service

Quinn Ingemi

Quinn Ingemi

Licensed Professional Counselor

Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative

 

Upcoming Events

Check back often for our updated list of events.

WORKSHOP
Do You Have Cultural Intelligence?
This workshop will explore unconscious biases and microaggressions and its impact on the recovery community. There will be an examination of the 3-4 major unconscious and implicit biases that typically impact daily engagement and a discussion on implications of diversity, equity and inclusion and lessons that can learned from each other.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Dr. Juliana Mosley

WORKSHOP
Safe Spaces to Brave Places
A skill building workshop to create safe spaces for difficult and intentional conversations regarding substance use and recovery for disparate populations.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Brandon Brown

WORKSHOP
Substance Use and Its' Affects on the LGBTQIA+ Community
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual or allied (LGBTQIA+) communities are reported to have higher incidences of substance misuse. This workshop will explore the modern meaning of the LGBTQIA+ population and assist peer recovery support specialists in understanding the risk factors related to the increased prevalence for substance use disorders and dependence in the LGBTQIA+ community.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Bianca Mayes

WORKSHOP
Trauma, Harm Reduction, and Recovery: Addressing Health Inequities
In many individuals, there is a direct link between a history of trauma and poor health outcomes, including substance use and addiction. On a community level, the combination of cultural trauma and the personal trauma of its members often result in population-based health inequities. As many of us have worked to address the addiction and overdose epidemics, we have confronted barriers that people and communities face in accessing appropriate care and building recovery capital. A framework of trauma-informed and recovery-oriented systems of care invites us to take a broader approach to recovery and harm reduction as we help people stay alive and get better.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Tom Hill

KEYNOTE
The New Neurobiology of Addiction and Implications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
From a neurobiological perspective, addiction can be seen as the hijacking of the pleasure-reward pathways of the brain and a weakening of its executive function. In 2020, the fundamental model has been expanded to include newer concepts such as motivational circuitry and anti-reward pathways. These 21st century discoveries inform clinical innovations that are now changing the landscape of the pharmacological and psychosocial treatments of opioid use disorder.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Dr. Petros Levounis

WORKSHOP
Perinatal Substance Use: An Overview of Opioid Use During Pregnancy
This presentation will cover risks associated with prenatal opioid use along with current best practices in treating opioid use disorder in pregnant women. Attendees will learn about key issues such as neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), breastfeeding while on medication assisted treatment, child welfare, and support resources currently available in New Jersey.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Quinn Ingemi

PANEL DISCUSSION
Collegiate Recovery Programs and Recovery High School Panel Discussion
People in recovery from addiction face many challenges as they re-construct their lives and create a life-long recovery focus. This is not always supported by society and is less supported in the realm of the education experience. There is much focus on maintaining and mitigating the damages of the high school and college experience, which leaves little focus on creating a place within the education system for this people in recovery. While other groups of classically marginalized populations have begun to find a foothold and support within educational settings (e.g., LGBTQ, gender equality, ethnic identities), those in recovery have largely been left out in due to the fact that their needs run counter to the dominant narrative of the high school and college world.

Join us for a Panel Discussion with leaders in the High School and Collegiate Recovery Movement and within New Jersey and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about these valuable resources, the impact on communities and interact with the panelists.

COURSE CODE

KEYNOTE
The Wellbriety Movement: Creating Recovery Communities
Thirty years ago, we came together to work on issues of alcoholism and its affects on our communities. Over time, the issues have shifted. Mr. Coyhis will provide an overview of this shift and offer culturally-based tools as a way to learn to work on causes, not symptoms. Mr. Coyhis will present concepts of the Healing Forest Model and the impacts of Intergenerational Trauma, in order to describe how we can be more effective in recovery and prevention strategies. We are in strange times, and some people have been unknowingly prepared to lead our communities during these turbulent times. Mr. Coyhis will describe how recovery activists can help us create recovery communities.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Don Coyhis

EVENT
Open Mic
A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on celebrating recovery,
hosted online by Joseph Green.

Performers are given 4 minutes to share their work.

You can sign up for a performance slot, all are welcome. Once the sheet is full, we send a confirmation email to each artist who signed up; the confirmation email lists the order of performers for the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1AXyrRanljXSY2BXteCfpI8U0GVIOZXfwE0sjgc9Pfo9k5g/viewform?usp=sf_link

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Joseph Green

WORKSHOP
Supporting Recovery for People with Opioid Use Challenges
This workshop aims to build peer counselors’ confidence when interacting with people who have challenges with opioid use. The workshop will emphasize how a person-centered approach in linking people to resources and healthcare services can assist people with opioid use challenges to stay on the path to recovery. Practical tips will help support responses that are person-centered and appropriate for people on the continuum of care and recovery. A short overview of medications to assist with recovery, and additional support for people facing opioid use challenges will used in real case scenarios.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Laura Cooley

WORKSHOP
Mental Wellness during COVID19 and Social Injustice
We are living in unprecedented times. Not only are we dealing with the mental and physical health crisis of COVID but also racial tensions from social injustices that people of color have been experiencing for a long time. During this workshop with Kelvin Young, you will explore ways to connect with your emotions, name the feeling and learn tools you can practice daily for self-care. You will also learn about stress, how it effects your health, and holistic ways to relieve stress. These techniques will activate the relaxation response, calm the mind, relax the body, and nourish the soul.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Kelvin Young

 
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Past Events

These virtual events have already passed however, you can still earn CEU's by registering and viewing on demand when available.

WORKSHOP
Mental Wellness during COVID19 and Social Injustice
We are living in unprecedented times. Not only are we dealing with the mental and physical health crisis of COVID but also racial tensions from social injustices that people of color have been experiencing for a long time. During this workshop with Kelvin Young, you will explore ways to connect with your emotions, name the feeling and learn tools you can practice daily for self-care. You will also learn about stress, how it effects your health, and holistic ways to relieve stress. These techniques will activate the relaxation response, calm the mind, relax the body, and nourish the soul.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Kelvin Young

WORKSHOP
Supporting Recovery for People with Opioid Use Challenges
This workshop aims to build peer counselors’ confidence when interacting with people who have challenges with opioid use. The workshop will emphasize how a person-centered approach in linking people to resources and healthcare services can assist people with opioid use challenges to stay on the path to recovery. Practical tips will help support responses that are person-centered and appropriate for people on the continuum of care and recovery. A short overview of medications to assist with recovery, and additional support for people facing opioid use challenges will used in real case scenarios.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Laura Cooley

EVENT
Open Mic
A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on celebrating recovery,
hosted online by Joseph Green.

Performers are given 4 minutes to share their work.

You can sign up for a performance slot, all are welcome. Once the sheet is full, we send a confirmation email to each artist who signed up; the confirmation email lists the order of performers for the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1AXyrRanljXSY2BXteCfpI8U0GVIOZXfwE0sjgc9Pfo9k5g/viewform?usp=sf_link

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Joseph Green

KEYNOTE
The Wellbriety Movement: Creating Recovery Communities
Thirty years ago, we came together to work on issues of alcoholism and its affects on our communities. Over time, the issues have shifted. Mr. Coyhis will provide an overview of this shift and offer culturally-based tools as a way to learn to work on causes, not symptoms. Mr. Coyhis will present concepts of the Healing Forest Model and the impacts of Intergenerational Trauma, in order to describe how we can be more effective in recovery and prevention strategies. We are in strange times, and some people have been unknowingly prepared to lead our communities during these turbulent times. Mr. Coyhis will describe how recovery activists can help us create recovery communities.

COURSE CODE

PRESENTED BY

Don Coyhis

PANEL DISCUSSION
Collegiate Recovery Programs and Recovery High School Panel Discussion
People in recovery from addiction face many challenges as they re-construct their lives and create a life-long recovery focus. This is not always supported by society and is less supported in the realm of the education experience. There is much focus on maintaining and mitigating the damages of the high school and college experience, which leaves little focus on creating a place within the education system for this people in recovery. While other groups of classically marginalized populations have begun to find a foothold and support within educational settings (e.g., LGBTQ, gender equality, ethnic identities), those in recovery have largely been left out in due to the fact that their needs run counter to the dominant narrative of the high school and college world.

Join us for a Panel Discussion with leaders in the High School and Collegiate Recovery Movement and within New Jersey and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about these valuable resources, the impact on communities and interact with the panelists.

COURSE CODE