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Peer Support – A Proven Volunteer Model

CIL-NET Presents… A Teleconference & Webinar

Get to the Core of It: Best Practices in the Four Core Services

December 10, 2015; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF).

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETPeer support is a hallmark of the Independent Living Movement and a core service – both in statute and philosophy – of Centers for Independent Living. We all know what peer support is, but running an organized, effective peer support program with limited funding and staff must be unique to each CIL’s capacity and need. If you and your staff would like to learn more about implementing a proven volunteer model for peer support, then you won’t want to miss this training.

Our presenters operate the volunteer-based peer support program at Ability360, the Center for Independent Living in Phoenix, Arizona. You’ll learn all aspects of this best-practice peer support program, from planning to implementation and expansion with resource materials so you don’t have to invent the wheel!

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webcast. 

Target Audience:

CIL executive directors, program managers, independent living specialists, and other staff members of CILs who are involved in coordinating or providing peer support.

Learning Objectives:

Through this webinar/teleconference, participants will learn:

  • Effective peer support program elements that can ensure successful service delivery, including peer recruitment, training, and supervision.
  • The far-reaching benefits of a successful program for the CIL, the mentors and mentees, and the community.
  • How to identify and build high potential volunteers to serve as future mentors.
  • Approaches for educating mentors to increase their ability to support, coach, and guide their mentees.

Meet Your Presenters

Amina Donna Kruck is Vice President of Advocacy Programs at Ability360. She is a state Professional Licensed Counselor with a Master’s of Counseling from Arizona State University. Amina creates programs which empower individuals with disabilities and their families through advocacy related workshops, mentoring, facilitating wellness groups, providing technical assistance for the development of consumer-driven initiatives, and developing community partnerships to address barriers to consumer choice, equal rights and self-determination. She is Ability360’s designated lobbyist and provides workshops on the legislative process, disability oppression / liberation, self-advocacy skills, and is a regular contributor to Ability360’s monthly newsletter, “The Bridge.”

April Reed is Volunteer Program Manager at Ability360 in Phoenix. She coordinates the Ability360 Peer Mentor and General Administrative Volunteer programs, which includes recruiting, training, and matching mentors with consumers working on independent living goals. April has facilitated several IL-NET online classes on volunteer peer mentoring program development. She facilitates disability presentations to schools, the monthly mentoring and discussion group for mentors, mentees, and consumers and coordinates volunteer activities, including a monthly volunteer group and staffing of community information tables. April started as a Masters level intern at Ability360 and her first Ability360 staff position was as Ability360’s Information and Referral Specialist. April is a Licensed Masters Social Worker, receiving her Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University in May 2005.

Presented by CIL-NET: A program of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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