Support for Peer Specialists in First Episode Psychosis Programs

The Northwest MHTTC is hosting a four-part series aimed at supporting peer specialists working with first episode psychosis coordinated specialty care programs.


The series consists of four consultation calls for peer specialists working in HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. 



Lorrin Gehring is a passionate leader who began advocating for youth rights and voice to be heard within the systems that serve them at the age of 15. In her career, Lorrin has been fortunate to serve as an Advocate, a Program Director, a Case Manager, a Resource Specialist, a Social Marketer, a Teacher and a Peer. In each of these positions she has advocated for young people to have voice and choice in their lives and the systems that serve them. She has authored numerous articles on youth involvement and is the 2011 Voice Award recipient for excellence in the field of youth advocacy, as well as the 2012 Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth Rockstar awardee. Lorrin is currently a trainer and consultant specializing in workforce and program development, peer support and implementation, coaching and mentoring, and adaptive leadership. Her favorite color is green and she is an award winning karaoke singer holding a first place award for best worst karaoke performance- she’s got passion.


Michelle Owens is a peer support specialist and the Young Adult Engagement Specialist at the EASA (Early Assessment and Support Alliance) Center for Excellence at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she does program development and research on peer support and youth voice. She grew up in Chicago before moving to Portland, where she attended Reed College until 2018. When not working she is knitting, sewing, or generally making some sort of crafty mess.







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