CMWN holds quarterly (no cost) Peer Networking meetings that offer training and time to meet other Peer Workers. Training topics are are drawn from the Core Competencies for Peer Support Specialists (PSS) and training certificates are awarded for any training attended. Each meeting includes time to network and meet other Peers who are doing similar work and learn about employment opportunities. Meetings are open to anyone trained or working as a PSS. For more information or to be added to the email notification list, contact Joann Calabrese, [email protected]
Originally this group was a chapter of the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), but that organization discontinued its local chapter program and is now focused on supporting peer work through their website, conference, and training webinars. Founded in November 2004 by a group of avid peer supporters, the organization quickly grew with members from every state and several countries outside the U.S.
Today iNAPS is made up of people who provide peer support services in a wide range of settings, people who supervise or lead teams that include peer providers, recovery educators and trainers, recovery coaches and addiction recovery specialists, researchers, family member supporters, executive directors and administrators for consumer operated or peer-run organizations, state and federal policy makers, global peer leaders, licensed professionals, and people in many other roles who endorse and champion the peer support movement. Check out the iNAPS website to learn more.