Beyond Peer Support: Peer Leaders Inspiring Systems-Level Change

The CAFÉ TA Center recently hosted Beyond Peer Support: Peer Leaders Inspiring Systems-Level Change, a conversation about leadership roles people with lived experience are embracing to infuse peer support and recovery values into the systems that serve people with mental health conditions.

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As peer support continues to grow, people with lived experience are being employed in organizations and systems throughout the country to inspire others on their journey of healing, wellness, and recovery. While this means progress in the growth of the lived experience workforce and appreciation for its value, when it comes to career development, professional peer support specialists can feel limited to finite possibilities, such as acquiring licensure, providing peer support, pursuing formal education, and working as a clinician, trainer, or educator.

While these options may be personally meaningful and do have an impact, they are not the only roles in which the wisdom of lived experience is valuable and urgently needed. For meaningful change to happen, peer leaders must find leadership roles that allow them to bring what they know about recovery to a system-wide scale.

Join a conversation with several peers that have served in governmental agencies, the health insurance industry, and as nonprofit organizational leaders as they share their perspective on what it takes to bring recovery to scale by changing the culture and perspectives of major system players.

  • How can the lived experience of key people inform program and policy at the institutional level?
  • What obstacles and opportunities have lived experience change makers encountered in trying to bring recovery and peer support to the mental health system of care?
  • What roles can people with lived experience play within systems to help reorient them toward recovery?

Find out what making change at the system level looks like, hear about the paths others have taken to get there, and imagine the leadership path you can take to bring change to your community!

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This webinar is the eleventh in a year-long series of monthly conversations about innovative peer-centered, recovery-focused practices in mental health facilitated by national peer leader, CEO of Promise Resource Network, and 2022 Bazelon Center Innovator of the Year Cherene Caraco.


Throughout the series, Cherene and CAFE TAC will introduce attendees to leaders with lived experience who have launched alternative ways to advance recovery, voice, and healing in their communities. Join us as we learn about innovative approaches, concepts, models, and programs throughout the US and become inspired to perhaps launch your own!