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Brenda Vezina Keynote speaker @ Alternatives

Friday August 18

Alternatives 2017, a national peer-run conference, announces Brenda Vezina, Director of the Central MA Recovery Learning Community, as a keynote speaker.  Link to keynotes

On August 18, Friday, Brenda will speak about Creating Trauma-Informed Healing Communities, an initiative recognized by SAMHSA.

PDF or website link to SAMHSA’s Spotlight on the Central MA RLC as a “Resilient and Trauma-Informed Community”.   Link to all six communities here.

The 2017 Alternatives Conference is being held in Boston at the Boston Park Plaza August 18 – 21
Event Calendar for details and registration

Ongoing & Continuing Education Surveys still open

If you missed the Summit and our Community Voice Gatherings

we invite you to contribute to our database by completing an online survey:

For CPS’s about Continuing Education Units:

For all about Ongoing Education for Peer Support:

Our June 21st Certified Peer Specialist and Peer Support Worker Summit “Creating the Path for Continuing Education Units and Ongoing Education” generated a tremendous amount of feedback and data that we are sorting out.   Look for a report of what we learned in a future “News” item…

Summit Welcome by Devin Donohoe

Hats off to Devin!

Devin Donohoe is a CPS,  member of The Transformation Center’s board of directors and peer support program manager at Clinical and Support Options.

At the closing circle of our Certified Peer Specialist and Peer Support Worker Summit held June 21st, someone asked for a copy of Devin’s welcoming words and the room broke into cheers!

Download entire speech and a taste:

In a few moments, we will begin conversations regarding the future of our profession. There will be varying opinions, some of which we agree with, some of which we may not agree with… To bring about significant change, we must continue to unify.

The Transformation Center is Hiring

We are seeking a”Networking Coordinator” at The Transformation Center

Job Description

To apply for this position, please email a resume and cover letter to Justin Brown, The Transformation Center Director of Programs at

We are also accepting applications for a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training Program Director on-link listing (link)

Find peer worker job openings across the state and region at Peer Worker Jobs (link)

WAITLIST ONLY: CPS and PS Workers June 21 Summit

Creating the Path for Continuing Education Units & Ongoing Education

June 21 @ Higgins Center, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Map here

REGISTRATION IS FULL for this event.  If you register for “wait list” we will notify you if a seat opens for you.   You can still contribute your ideas on our survey, links below

Flyer (updated 6-12-17)

The Transformation Center is gathering Certified Peer Specialists (CPSs) and a small number of Peer Support Workers to a working summit to put our best ideas together about:

1) Continuing Education Units and a system for renewing certification for CPSs (CPS sign up by topic)
2) Ongoing Education for peer support workers (sign up by region)

Register online  “Waitlist” only available

If you can not attend, you can contribute to our online surveys:

For CPS’s about Continuing Education Units:

For all about Ongoing Education for Peer Support:


Met State & Fernald School Cemetery Ceremony

On May 23rd the Peer Leadership Committee is holding a ceremony to honor those buried at the “MetFern Cemetery” – for people at Metropolitan State Hospital or Fernald State School.

Where: Metfern Cemetery

Address: Metropolitan Parkway (Directly off of Trapelo road adjacent to Forest St)

Time: 9:30-11 Clean-up 11-12 Ceremony and Flower laying

Go to event listing for details