Annual Awards

Morning Keynote: 9:00 – 10:00 am ET

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Launched in 2020 by the Jim Irsay family, owners of the Indianapolis Colts, Kicking the Stigma is a comprehensive initiative to raise awareness about mental health disorders and remove the shame and stigma too often associated with these illnesses. In addition to raising awareness, the initiative focuses on raising and distributing funds to nonprofits and other organizations to expand treatment and research in Indiana and beyond. Steve Campbell and Ashley Powell with the Indianapolis Colts will share more about the initiative, what they’ve learned so far, future plans to advance mental health supports, and how peers fit into this groundbreaking initiative.

Early Afternoon Keynote: 12:15 – 1:15 pm ET

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This session will describe the general framework and vision for 988 and Indiana’s behavioral health crisis system planning. The session will outline what we are trying to build, how we’ve been doing and where things are currently at, and how peers can and should be a part of the process.

Final Keynote: 2:40 – 3:40 pm ET

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Over the past thirteen years, certified peer support professionals have become assets in the field of treatment and recovery support services in Indiana as they earn certifications recognized by the field and funders.

In this time, many that possess a lived recovery experience have been given an employment opportunity that did not exist prior. Some of these individuals had also been persons that in another time were hard to employ. For some this has even been the first professional employment they always hoped to receive.

After thousands of certified peer support professionals have taken advantage of this opportunity, it has become clear that more personal and professional development must accompany the peer support principles.

This session will offer insight and reflections from those that have helped to move this work from para to professional in this state.  This Panel Discussion will include opportunities to:

  • Hear personal experiences of struggles, continuing Education and Advancement in the Peer Coaching Profession
  • Hear plans for New and Future Personal and Professional Development Activities, Group and Leadership Academy for 2022 and forward
  • Ask questions and share ideas for growth of this profession.

Breakout Sessions

Morning Breakout Sessions: 10:15 – 11:15 am ET

Session 1A: Motivational Interviewing for Peer Support

Presenter: Sara Clark, LCSW and Jordan Milby, LCSW, LCAC, CHW/CRS

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Sara and Jordan will facilitate a motivational interviewing training covering the basics, micro skills, and foundation of motivational interviewing. They will use live action role-plays and group exercises to practice skills.

Session 1B: Trauma-Informed Care: Safety, Cultural Humility, and Supportive Relationships

Presenter: Annie Wood Bell, LCSW, CHW/CRS

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This session defines trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). It highlights the six principles of TIC that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlines. It focuses on the principles of safety, supportive human relationships, and cultural and historical issues related to being trauma-informed. Attendees are given time to consider how they can use TIC in their roles as coaches and CHWs/CRSs.  There will be a specific focus on creating more safety in helping relationships, offering opportunities for human connection and collaboration, and utilizing cultural humility by respecting and valuing the cultural identity and history of each individual, group, and community with whom they may interact. Attendees will have a better understanding of what TIC is, leaving empowered to make trauma-informed adjustments in their work with people which leads to healing and recovery.

Session 1C: The Intersection of Human Trafficking & Substance Use Disorder

Presenter: Meagan Cunningham, AS

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The main objective for this training is to demonstrate the intersection of the vulnerability of victims of human trafficking and substance use disorder. This training will highlight the increased vulnerability of the populations with substance use disorder and victims of human trafficking, the increased overlapping of human trafficking cases and the opioid epidemic, the vulnerable industries in the substance use treatment for recruitment for human trafficking, and long-term recovery process for clients of human trafficking parallel with substance use disorder.

Session 1D: Best Practices in Peer Support for Individuals with Co-occurring Disorders

Presenter: Ruth Case, CHW/CRS

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Ruth will provide peers an overview of SAMSHA’s best practices for treatment of individuals with co-occurring disorders and share tools for implementing those best practices in peer support.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

Session 2A: Bridging the Gap

Presenter: La Tonya Brown, ASCJ, BSHS, CCHW, CTP

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This workshop will focus on bridging the communication gap between provider and client while breaking down cultural practices through diversity, equity and inclusion. It will also encourage ways to educate in diverse communities and help clients identify the proper health care, social services and resources within their community.

Session 2B: Co-occuring Brain Injury and Depression: Improving Outcomes

Presenters: Jean Capler, MSW, LCSW, CBIS, Wendy Waldman, BSW, CBIST, and Penny Torma LSW, CBIS

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Brain injury and Depression are often co-occurring disorders, and each complicates treatment and recovery from the other. The persistent cognitive and neurobehavioral impairments from brain injury can exacerbate depression and pose additional barriers to effective treatment. Conversely, depression can exacerbate cognitive impairments and interfere with rehabilitation therapies. Additionally, many persistent post-concussion symptoms and indicators of depression overlap, complicating the clinical picture. This presentation will address the complex interaction between brain injury and depression, offer best practices and accommodations in working with clients with these co-occurring disorders, and provide brain injury-specific resources available in Indiana.

Session 2C: How CHWs can Assist those Dealing with Domestic Violence

Presenter: Stephanie Mann, CHW

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Stephanie will present her story as a survivor of domestic violence and then discuss how CHWs can affect change for their clients also facing those violent situations.

Award Nominees & Winners

Join us in congratulating 2022’s award nominees and winners in three categories!

Award nominees were nominated by their colleagues, clients, and communities. Each and every nominee is worthy of recognition for the difference they are making in the lives of their neighbors. Award winners were selected by conference planning committee vote.

Winners and nominees were celebrated at the Award Ceremony. You can watch the recording here.

CHW/CRS of the Year

The ideal candidate for the CHW/CRS of the Year Award is dedicated to their role, goes above and beyond their assigned duties, and continually makes a difference in the lives of the individuals they serve.

Lifetime Achievement

The ideal candidate for the Lifetime Achievement Award has had a long-standing positive impact on expanding quality peer support services in Indiana for more than 10 years.

Peer Support Service Providing Organization of the Year

The ideal candidate for the Peer Support Service Providing Organization of the Year Award is an organization which has made a significant positive change in increasing access to quality peer support services to their clients and the community in which they serve.

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