Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition Podcast

Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition Podcast

We are a podcast dedicated specifically to Peer Professionals: individuals who use their lived experience to assist others with the same conditions or in the same situations they have been in before (usually with mental health or substance use). Peer Support is a wide concept dating back as far as human interaction. In Pennsylvania, the Peer Profession has evolved over the last decade and a half and we hope to bring you episodes that are both educational and informative on the topic of Peer Support.


November 3, 2022 44 min

In this episode two Certified Peer Specialists discuss their experiences with coming full circle from being an individual receiving services to working to support others.

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This extra episode is intended to give you an opportunity to get to know us better as hosts. We hope you enjoy getting more familiar with us.

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September 12, 2022 43 min

Chris Lunsford, a member of the Call for Change Steering Committee, joins us to discuss the updates being made to this essential document guiding us toward a recovery-oriented system. Chris is a CPS from the Lehigh Valley and works for PMHCA (Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer's Association) in a position funded by the PaPSC Appalachian Regional Commission grant.

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Wendy Heatley joins us to discuss the power in language and how we can all learn to use respectful language within the behavioral health field.

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In our second episode about Managed Care Companies and their relation to individual recovery, we sit down with Kim MacDonald-Wilson and Tracy Carney from Community Care Behavioral Health.

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In this episode we explore the topic of moving from self-harm to self-care with Abigail Boccardi. Abigail is a Certified Peer Specialist in the state of Pennsylvania and shares openly about this part of her recovery journey.

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August 3, 2022 50 min

Diana Fullem has been a peer and advocate for peer support for many years. She helped form the PaPSC in the early days and has been integral in making it what it is today. Enjoy a conversation about the beginnings of her own peer-run agency and the PaPSC in this episode.

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Harvey Rosenthal, an important figure in the history of Peer Support, joins us to discuss our roots. It's always important to remember where we came from.

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In this episode we sit down with Heidi Bryan, a suicide prevention advocate with her own story, and discuss the topic with the deference it deserves.

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August 3, 2022 54 min

Corrynn Brown, a CPS out of Philadelphia, joins us to discuss the use of pronouns. We dive deep into the topic and get personal with our stories.

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Mike is a Certified Peer Specialist in Pennsylvania and an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator. He facilitates trainings in the greater Philadelphia area and the surrounding counties. He also works with peers who reside behind the walls of our County jails and prisons . He takes great pride in supporting peers to explore hopes and possibilities. Presently, he is part of the team developing the operational work at IDEYAS Training Academ...

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In this first of two episodes about Managed Care Companies and how they can be partners in recovery, we sit down with Emily Ferris. Emily shares with us what it is like from the inside of Magellan and what they do to support individuals in recovery.

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