Peer Support Series, Session 4: Career Paths for Peer Support Specialists
Session 4 of 5 in the "Creating Safe Spaces for Peer Support Providers" Series (View series main page for full details)
This learning series asks: How can we create spaces where all peer professionals feel safe? How do we support Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) peers and implement anti-racist practices within peer support?
In Session 4, join us in collaboration with facilitator Evelyn Clark, and peer support specialists, Lindsey Burton-Anderson, Jason Clark and Stacy Thompson who will all speak to how anti-racist practices can be implemented for peer support agencies and services. This affinity group opens opportunities to discuss ongoing support, career paths, and how BIPOC peers can navigate the field. It will also offer a space to learn from other peer specialists.
- Create specific avenues for peers who identify as BIPOC
- Implement ant-racist strategies within peer support delivery
- Identify career paths for peer specialists
Peer support agencies and peer specialists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color who work in mental health and cross-systems. We also welcome allies and other roles to help support the BIPOC peer workforce.
About The Presenters
Jason Clark's first and most important focus is being a father. He is also the Director of Northwest Credible Messenger (NWCM), a capacity-building organization developed to empower the next generation of Black and Brown leadership, grown out of his journey overcoming personal and professional adversity. Previously, as a Project Manager, he had success in both city- and county-level positions. However, community and Credible Messenger are his North Stars.
From being a resident of the Washington State Department of Corrections to being a project manager for the largest trial court system in the state, Jason utilizes his personal and professional experience to develop relationships that produce results and empower others throughout the statewide team at NWCM to maximize personal and community impact.
Jason is a Prosecution Beyond Big Cities Leader for the Institute of Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College, a 2019 JLUSA Leading with Conviction Fellow, and a 2019 Civil Survival Justice in Policy Fellow. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, as well as being a certified Project Manager and a member of the Thurston County Racial Equity and Inclusion Council. His organization, NWCM, is the Washington State Ambassador for CM3, the National Credible Messenger Mentoring Movement, and his greatest success is in the POWER in UNITY.
Lindsey Burton-Anderson, MPH, CHES®
Lindsey Burton-Anderson is a public health professional and advocate for mental health in minoritized communities. She recently defended her Master’s thesis and served as a vessel for Black CPS to voice their lived experiences with racism and discrimination in the behavioral health system as well as their recommendations for anti-racist interventions.
Lindsey’s primary areas of interest lie in health equity, mental health in minoritized communities, resilience, trauma, and wellness. She also endeavors to lead a life characterized by cultural humility. She is the founder of The ONETogether Project, a social justice initiative dedicated to providing essential care packages to students disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and systemic issues.
Lindsey holds a MPH in Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a BA in Sociology from Emory University. She is also certified as a Health Education Specialist.
Stacy Thompson is a certified Peer Support Specialist, and owner/CEO of Equalibrium LLC, with over a decade of cumulative lived experience in peer-run program management, training, facilitation, self-advocacy, and recovery education. Focusing on nonconformity, neurodivergence & trauma, she creates opportunities and utilizes platforms to promote connection, equitable visibility, and amplification of the voices for those historically targeted for oppression.
Equalibrium LLC, a mental health inclusive consulting & advocacy business created to uplift, educate, advocate, and build communities of support for non-conforming peers.