Peer Perspectives: Charting Your Course in the Mental Health Field

Join us for an engaging panel discussion designed for those with lived experience working as peers and mental health professionals seeking collaborative opportunities! This panel will cover the unique perspective that individuals with lived experiences bring to the peer support role. We'll showcase how these diverse experiences enrich peer support and contribute to the effectiveness of mental health treatment and recovery. This information is particularly pertinent for mental health professionals aiming to integrate and optimize their collaborative efforts with peers in diverse professional settings.



  • Explain the integral role peers play in mental health services, promoting inclusivity, understanding, and empowerment in the recovery process.
  • Explore the unique perspective that individuals with lived experiences bring to this role, emphasizing how these experiences contribute to effective peer support and recovery.
  • Showcase the various career pathways available for peers, including opportunities within mental health organizations, community settings, and collaborative healthcare environments.



Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training.



Danielle Burkett, MSW, LSW, CSPR-PR, CAPRCII, MATS, CHW/CRS, Founder/Executive Director and Peer Recovery Coach, Unlikely Journeys

Danielle is a passionate and accomplished professional with a Master of Social Work. Her background includes working in three county jails, work release programs, and alongside a police officer. Since 2017, she has been making a difference as a Peer Recovery Coach. However, her inspiring journey took an unexpected turn in March 2022 when she suffered a stroke. This life-altering event propelled Danielle to found Unlikely Journeys, an organization driven by the belief that time is precious, and fear is merely an illusion.


Mallory Chaffin, BS, Executive Director, Mallory's Mission

Mallory, a University of Southern Indiana alumna, holds a BS in Accounting and Professional Services and has over a decade’s worth of experience in various accounting settings, including the nonprofit industry. A proud participant of the Indiana DMHA Leadership Fellows Academy (LFA) 2022-2023 program, she leveraged the experience and startup funding to establish a nonprofit business. As an adoptee and adoptive mother, Mallory's passion lies in providing trauma-informed education to foster and adoptive families. Her nonprofit also extends support to first families, particularly those affected by addiction, in their journey toward reunification with their children. The LFA program played a pivotal role in launching and nurturing her nonprofit initiative.


Yvette Markey, CHW/CRS, Y-MHFA, A-MHFA, MATS, CSPR-PR, CAPRC II-MH, CBTi, CEO/Founder, InTouch Outreach

Yvette, is the Founder/CEO of InTouch Outreach (ITOR), a Recovery Community Organization and also works on the Behavioral Health Team, with a local organization providing Peer support services and Recovery Support groups as part of their newly created IOP Program. As a person with lived experiences of trauma, addiction and mental health challenges, Yvette is able to identify things that may be helpful as a person works towards their personal wellness. As a Human Services Professional that serves to connect people in need to people who care, her expertise aligns perfectly for the alignment of joining this panel. Yvette’s passion for helping people to help themselves has led her to some of the roughest streets of Indianapolis, the services she provides reach those in need. In her free time, she enjoys a good book, gardening and spending time with family, and outdoors in the warmer months enjoying nature.


The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: May 15, 2024 10:00 am
Ends: May 15, 2024 11:30 am
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