Peer Recovery Support Series, Section III: Supervision and Management
Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 12-1:30pm ET (11CT/10MT/9PT)
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To support a successful peer program, effective supervision is essential. Equipping supervisors with knowledge of the day to day functions, including practice boundaries specific to the peer role, will increase job satisfaction and retention, reduce communication breakdowns, and lead to better outcomes for the individuals served. For Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS), supervision typically has two components: administrative and supportive. Administrative supervision works with the needs of the agency (scheduling, benefits, etc.). Supportive supervision provides direct guidance, encouragement, and professional development opportunities. Having a plan in place of who, what, when, and where the supervision will occur will create a supportive and safe environment for peers to do their best, most effective work.
- Cite supervision models, supervisor skills and capacities.
- Explain effective elements of PRSS supervision, consistency, and performance reviews.
- Propose a plan for PRSS retention.
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Kris Kelly, BS, is the Minnesota State Project Manager for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, a woman in long-term recovery, and subject matter expert on peer-based recovery support services. She has worked with state and local government, recovery community organizations, treatment courts, withdrawal management/detoxification, and clinical treatment developing best practices for integrating recovery supports into systems and services. As a former executive director and director of programs of a Minnesota-based recovery community organization, Kelly is a leader in the peer support movement in Minnesota. Kelly has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from supervision in peer-based recovery support services and integrating peer support services into behavioral health organizations to recovery-oriented systems of care.
Jenna Neasbitt, MS, LCDC, MAT-R, is a person in long term recovery using her expertise in personnel, clinical, policy, program analysis, and administration to enhance recovery-oriented systems of care in behavioral health. Neasbitt holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, works with the SAMHSA-Funded Opioid Response Network, is a volunteer site reviewer with the Council on Accreditation for Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS), and is a Training Adjunct at the National Recovery Institute with Faces & Voices of Recovery. Her author contributions include the Texas Peer Recovery Coach Certification Training curriculum, the Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway training curriculum, and a recent article published in Addictive Behaviors: An International Journal in 2019 titled “Responding to the Opioid and Overdose Crisis with Innovative Services: The Recovery Community Center Office-Based Opioid Treatment (RCC-OBOT) Model.” Neasbitt is also a member of the Board of Directors at a recovery community organization in Austin, TX.
Aaron M. Laxton, MSW, LMSW, is the Director of Development with the Assisted Recovery Center of America. He is responsible for project development and implementation, grant writing, and building collaborations in the community. He also continues to practice clinically as an addiction therapist. He is a graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Social Work, where he received his Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis on community and organization. He is also a Licensed Master of Social Work in the State of Missouri. Laxton has worked in social services for more than a decade in the St. Louis metropolitan area. His experience ranges from homeless services, harm reduction, transitional living, and VA specific grants as a VA contractor. Prior to his current role, Laxton was the Director of Street Outreach on the Statewide Opiate Response grant in the St. Louis region. Laxton values his own personal experience with addiction as he works with individuals impacted by addiction and their families.
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