Join a Learning Community on Peer Leadership

The CAFÉ TA Center invites you to participate in a learning community that will explore the topic of peer leadership, and how people with mental health conditions can turn their lived experience into positive change in their communities.

What’s a “learning community”? It’s an opportunity for a small group of people to come together to learn about and discuss a specific issue in an ongoing interactive experience that allows for communal learning, sharing of best practices, and dynamic conversation.

How will it work? CAFÉ TAC will host a series of four meetings of each learning community, with each meeting examining different aspects of a single topic.

This, our first learning community, will be all about peer leadership. The four-session series will be facilitated by Robyn Priest of Robyn Priest Live Your Truth. Each facilitated meeting will last about 90 minutes, with a meeting every two weeks beginning on February 18th at 1:30 ET. (Meetings two through four will be on March 4th, March 18th, and April 1st.)

Each learning community meeting will include a short presentation from a guest speaker, followed by a significant question and answer period. The guest speaker for the first learning community session was Janie Gullickson, Executive Director of the Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon, discussing her peer leadership journey. The second session will feature leaders from Peer Connections Manitoba discussing their organizational journey and steps they took to engage new peer leaders and refocus their efforts to promote recovery.

Stay tuned for details about future guest speakers!

In order to create a sense of connection and allow for conversation, learning community attendance will be limited!

How can you join the conversation? If you’re interested in being a part of CAFÉ TAC’s Peer Leadership Learning Community, sign up by completing this online form.

Want to know more about what will be addressed in the Peer Leadership Learning Community? We will explore several paths to peer leadership, picking up on the conversation we started in our November 2020 webinar “Leadership Roles for Peers and Peer Specialists . . . within Peer-Run Organizations, the CPS Industry, and the Peer Community.” You can find a recording of that webinar here. You can look forward to discussion of leadership roles in peer-run organizations, within the lived experience community, and in the public sphere.

We’re excited about launching our first learning community, and we hope you will be willing to join us as we share our experiences and learn from each other! Again, if you are interested in joining our Peer Leadership Learning Community, please complete the online form to sign up!