NOTE: This event is specifically for Washington State attendees who are part of the behavioral health workforce.
This session is part of the Co-occurring Disorders track of the Mental Health Institute.
ABOUT THIS EVENT
The Lived Experience and Recovery Orientation session will offer participants an introduction to and overview of what it means to identify as having lived experience, utilizing lenses of parity and intersectionality as impetus for use of strength-based language and comprehensive systems of care.
Contact hours will be available for participants who attend the entire session. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.
Session is 1-3p PT
Abbey Wellemeyer, Certified Peer Counselor and Recovery Coach, MPA
Abbey Wellemeyer identifies as a person living in recovery from substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. After beginning her recovery journey Abbey chose to pursue a bachelor's degree in an area she felt would benefit her community: Elementary Education. During that time, she became interested in working in program planning and development, seeing it as a way to change and sculpt systems, thus completing a master's degree in Public Administration. Motivated by the meaningful work of reducing barriers to achieving healthy and safe lives and by working to increase the opportunities to access healthy and safe conditions for living, Abbey eventually became a Recovery Coach and Certified Peer Counselor finding an invaluable personal and professional niche working in behavioral health spheres.