Peer Pathways

2019 Workforce Development Conference for Employed Peer Counselors

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The 2019 Peer Pathways Conference will be held August 27 & 28 in Tacoma Wa

This two day continuing education conference welcomes employed certified peer counselors. This will be the 4th annual conference.

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Last year’s conference surpassed the previous year’s in attendance and number of workshops offered. There were 36 workshops for almost 350 peer professionals- that is 100 more peers than the previous year! Workshops included: housing & employment services, the power of peer services, system transformation, youth peer leadership, substance use peer services and Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) - just to name a few. Peers were able to learn, increase their professional toolboxes, share resources and network with other peers. This year there will be more than 40 workshops with an emphasis on substance use disorder peer support recovery services, and a vast diverse group of recovery oriented workshops.

The keynote speakers last year were educational and inspiring. We did not limit our conference to traditional workshops and keynotes; the program included many examples of recovery. We experienced incredibly deep spoken word, singing performances and performing arts with a youth engagement focus.

The key note speakers & entertainment this year are Tonier Cain, Swil Kanin, Sam Miller and back by popular demand, Unleash the Brilliance Youth Dance Troop. Please check out these videos of the amazing talent you will be enjoying at the conference this year:

Tonier Cain

Swil Kanin

Sam Miller

Unleash the Brilliance

The impact of last year’s entertainment and workshops was evident in this thank you email that Pattie Marshal from the Health Care Authority received, from one of our peer participants:

"I have attended many peer conferences over the years, including the first two Peer Pathways conferences, and this one was by far the best. The integration of youth,

people of color, transgender inclusion, and expression of art along with the selection of workshops were all very meaningful and impactful to me and those around me."

-Joshua Wallace, Executive Director of Seattle Area Support Groups

“Thank you to everyone who supported this conference in any way. This is an incredible example of how recovery is possible and recovery works!”

Pattie Marshall, Peer Support Program Health Care Authority

Registration Fee: $75

Dates: August 27th & 28th, 2019

Location: Tacoma, WA

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