Building it Together: A Primer for Social Workers on Collaboration with the Peer Mental Healthcare Movement

Sponsor: NASW Maine

In this hour-long, interactive presentation, Lance Hicks, LMSW will provide insight into, theory regarding, and a bit of the history of peer-led mental health support movements in the United States. He will then provide two case studies regarding two different peer-led mental health efforts, offering opportunity for participants to dialogue as a large group about areas of strength and growing edges. Lance will then guide a facilitated dialogue amongst group members about their concerns, beliefs, hopes, fears, challenges, and accomplishments in working side-by-side with peer mental healthcare providers.

About the Presenter

Lance Hicks, LMSW (he/him/his), is a Detroit-based clinical social worker whose practice centers transgender/nonbinary clients, BIPOC clients, and clients across a range of identities and experiences working to heal complex trauma and dissociative experiences. He began volunteering as a peer mental healthcare provider at age 15, and has worked in a range of practice settings since then, providing services spanning from street outreach to HIV education to his current solo practice. He has a background in community organizing, and trained the first peer support workers at the internationally-recognized Trans Lifeline. Lance is an abolitionist, an anti-authoritiariarian, and a gender anarchist who loves reading, writing, drawing, and snuggling with his dog.

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Event Details

May 19, 2022
7:30 am - 8:30 am
$5 - $35 - see registration for details