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The Power of Peer Support: Strengthening Harm Reduction & Addiction Service...

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Lakeside Church

7654 Conservation Road

Guelph, ON N1H 6J1


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Join the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy and partners for a full-day event which will share best practices for integrating the crucial role of Peer Workers into harm reduction and addiction services.

The day includes two streams of workshops, one for Organizations/Employers and the other for Peer Workers / members of the lived experience community.

Who Should Attend:

  • Organizational Decision-Makers and Administrators

  • Direct Service Providers Working in Health & Social Services

  • Peer Workers and Members of the Lived Experience Community

*8:30am registration *conference starts at 9am

Free for attendees

Light Lunch Provided

Confirmed Presenters Include:

Jason Attenberg, Director of Programs and Services, South Riverdale Community Health Centre

Christina Jabalee, Director, Halton Centre for Innovation in Peer Support, Supprt + Housing, Halton

Jan Klotz, Client Care Supervisor, GCHC

Karen Lomax-Harkin, Overdose Awareness Prevention Coordinator, ARCH Guelph

Kerry Manathenga, Clinical Director, Community Services, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community

Yvette Perrault , Community Organizer, Speaker & Author, former director of AIDS Bereavement + Resilience Program of Ontario

Keely Phillips, Manager Self Help and Peer Support, CMHA WW

Julia Read, Centre for Excellence in Peer Support, CMHA WW

Dr. Chris Seingart, Director, Sanguen Heatlh Centre

Denise Watterson, Outreach Worker, SOS

Sarah Wilmer, Director of Programs and Services, ARCH

Violet Umanetz, Manager of Outreach and Education for Sanguen Health Centre

Workshops for Peers**:

Tools for Support & Stability (Parts 1 & 2)

  • Skills and tools that sustain peer worker wellness
  • Self-care practices to maintain recovery and health
  • Hands-on skills training
  • Q+A

Preparing to be a Peer Worker

  • The diversity of peer worker roles
  • How to gauge when you’re ready to work in a peer role
  • Information sharing from peer workers about their experiences in peer work roles
  • Q+A

Workshops for Organizations**:

Making the Business Case for Peer Worker

  • Research re. key role of peer workers in supporting organizational harm reduction and treatment outcomes
  • Evaluation and quality processes used to assess the value of peer work
  • Lessons learned from organizations who employee peer workers
  • Q+A

Hiring & Supervising Peer Workers

  • Considerations for non-peer employers to think through when planning for and implementing peer work staff roles
  • Best practices in hiring and training peer support workers
  • Support and management of typical per workers experiences when they are new to their roles
  • Q+A

Fostering a Peer Positive Organizational Culture

  • Moving from a clinically-oriented organization to a clinical-and-peer-oriented service model: South Riverdale Community Health Centre’s 20 year history of building a peer positive organizational culture
  • Organizational practices that support partnership and integration of peer workers
  • Q+A

**Please register for either the Peer or the Organizational workshop ‘stream’.

Planning Group Members: ARCH Guelph, Canadian Mental Health and Addiction Waterloo Wellington,County of Wellington, Guelph Community Health Centre, Homewood Health Centre, Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres, Sanguen Health Centre, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health, Waterloo Region Independent Drug Strategies

**To be added to the waitlist please email

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