Peer Recovery Support Webinar Series

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Section II: Hiring, Onboarding, and Integration
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 08:00 AM until 09:30 AM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
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Cost Range
FREE to $20.00

Host And Instructor

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
Wes Van Epps, SAC-IT, PRC, Dona M. Dmitrovic, MHS, and Mirna Herrera, MA, MTBC
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C.E. Credit for NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals: 1.50

Training Overview Description

Peer recovery support services are increasingly becoming an important part of the behavioral healthcare workforce. They not only help people with behavioral health conditions connect to, engage in, and be active participants in treatment and recovery support services but they can also change the culture of an organization in a positive way.

With the goal of supporting the increase of Peer Recovery Support Specialists in the workforce, NAADAC presents our new FREE Peer Recovery Support webinar series presented by nationally recognized trainers.

Earn up to 9.5 CEs! The education is FREE for everyone. NAADAC members can also earn CEs for free. Non-members can receive CEs for $15 to $25 per webinar depending on the length of the webinar. Join NAADAC now and save!

Who Should Attend
Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

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Hiring, Onboarding, and Integration, presented by Wes Van Epps, SAC-IT, PRC, Dona M. Dmitrovic, MHS, and Mirna Herrera, MA, MTBC
Friday, April 10, 2020 @ 8:00-9:30 am AKT

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The Participatory Process for Solutions to Addiction, presented by John Shinholser and Honesty Liller, CPRS
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Supervision and Management, presented by Kris Kelly, BS, Jenna Neasbitt, MS, LCDC, MAT-R, and Aaron M. Laxton, MSW, LMSW
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A Deeper Dive Into Coaching Recovery, presented by Phil Valentine, RCP
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Event-specific Details

Peer Recovery Support Series, Section II: Hiring, Onboarding, and Integration

The structure and process of bringing on Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) staff should be carefully considered before beginning the recruitment process. The role of the PRSS, as well as the flexibility and cooperation of existing staff, will impact the level of integration. To ensure a cohesive team, the entire organization, from administration to executive leadership, will need resources and training as well as implementation support around peer recovery support services and working within a recovery-oriented practice. Doing so will help current and new staff build upon the collaborative nature of the emerging profession, mitigate concerns from clinical staff, and clarify roles.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline recruitment and hiring practices (develop job description, essential skills, recruitment processes, compensation, etc.).
  • Demonstrate onboarding (orientation, job shadowing, determining workload, etc.).
  • Prepare for PRSS integration (build rapport, HIPAA and information sharing, EHR, etc.).


Education is FREE to all professionals

Earn Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

If you have watched the webinar (either live or on-demand), you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion to verify the continuing education hours you spent learning. To apply (only after watching the webinar), complete and pass the online CE Quiz at the top of this page. NAADAC members receive a CE certificate for 1.5 CEs for free. Non-members of NAADAC can receive 1.5 CEs for $20 (make payment here). A CE certificate will be emailed to you within 21 days of submission and receiving payment, if applicable. Click here for a complete list of who accepts NAADAC continuing education hours.


Wes Van Epps, SAC-IT, PRC, is the Chief Operating Officer of Project WisHope, an organization co-launched by Van Epps. Van Epps is a Wisconsin SAC-IT, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Trainer and Supervisor, and a person in long-term recovery. He is also actively involved in the peer-to-peer delivery of recovery management services throughout the State of Wisconsin. Van Epps has helped establish and currently manages two recovery community centers, one in Waupaca, WI, and the other in Waukesha, WI. Van Epps has had the opportunity to supervise over 40 peer recovery coaches since working with Project WisHope.

Dona M. Dmitrovic, MHS, is the Executive Director for Foundation for Recovery (FFR) in Las Vegas, NV. Leading this statewide recovery community organization, Dmitrovic’s expertise in organizational development and implementation of peer support has grown FFR into a valued resource in Nevada. Her experiences include National Director of Consumer Affairs at Optum, UnitedHealth, Chief Operating Officer of the RASE Project in central Pennsylvania, National Director of Education and Advocacy at the Johnson Institute in Washington, DC, and developing a support services program in central Pennsylvania for the Epilepsy Foundation. Dmitrovic holds a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is the former Chair of the Board of Faces & Voices of Recovery and former board member of Young People in Recovery.

Mirna Herrera, MA, MTBC, is the Associate Director of Peer Support Service at Truman Medical Center (TMC) in Kansas City, MO. Herrera is the recipient of the 2018 Mental Health Champion award for the work she has accomplished as the director of a peer operated service program at TMC. Her work focused on the mission to help clients with their recovery through peer support while sharing her own recovery story as a source of hope and motivation for her employees and peers. In her current role as Associate Director for Peer Support Services at TMC, she is working on developing a peer support program that reaches all areas of the hospital and expanding services into the community. She is a certified peer trainer for the Missouri credentialing board and a certified trauma-informed care trainer.

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