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Be Aware and Carry On: Cultural Competency for Peers Living and Working in Today’s Changing World

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1 CE Hour On Demand
General, Peer Support Specialist

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In a fast-changing environment, it is important to continuously work to increase and improve our cultural knowledge. In this presentation, we will cover how to hone your awareness, attitudes and competencies as a Peer, whether working in-house or in the field. We will discuss diversity, biases, and inclusion for the betterment of the future.
Target Audience
  • Peer Support Specialists
Educational Goal

The educational goal of this workshop is for participants to recognize how their background and experiences shape their perspective and how we interact with others. Participants will work towards becoming aware of biases and developing the skills to combat any blocks or challenges.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define Cultural Competency and why it is important to Peers in all areas.

  • Define Implicit Bias.

  • Explain how to help those we serve stand up for themselves.

  • Discuss and practice scenarios of growing differences(racial/ethnic/religious/age) in our work population and how to model being person-centered, open and equitable.

Peer Support Specialist
Peer Support Specialists

This workshop is approved for 1.25 General hours of annual required continuing education credits by the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health for LA Recognized Peer Support Specialists.


SAMHSA Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services Core Competencies covered:

Category 10: Supports collaboration and teamwork

Category 11: Promotes leadership and advocacy

Category 12: Promotes growth and development

CE Policy
This course is fiscally sponsored by Louisiana Department of Health: Office of Behavioral Health . There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants. These conflicts of interest have no bearing on the course content and have been resolved.
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Note: Time designated for waiting room, breaks cannot be counted toward CE credit.
Laura Lanier Eisman, MA, RPSS

Laura Lanier Eisman recently retired from the Louisiana Mental Health Association as Manager of their Peer Program, TARGET Health. While in long term recovery (substance use & mental health challenges), she entered the Peer field “officially” in 2017. Before obtaining her RPSS, Laura earned her Masters in Counseling and starting her career in social services with national non-profits, from the Alcohol & Drug Council to the American Red Cross, serving as both staff and on boards. She has traveled extensively in service, until returning to Louisiana to be close to family and work at LSU. Laura found her passion with LAMHA, educating, training and facilitating whole health programming and small groups. Relocating to Florida with her husband, Laura continues to be committed to her own recovery journey, working with all ages of Peers in her Recovery Coaching and volunteering to help others find their peace and purpose

Cassandra James Weathersby, RCPF, RCP, CPSS

Cassandra James-Weathersby is a Champion for Mental Wellness. As a “survivor turned thriver” of her own battles with trauma and mental illness, Cassandra is working to encourage other women of color to stand in their truth; breaking the silence barrier that has kept many trapped. Through her organization, “Black Women Do Heal”, Cassandra is having those hard conversations to facilitate healing, educating and leading communities. Cassandra has over 30 years of lived experience in mental health. She is a RPSS, a certified WRAP and Target Health facilitator, a Recovery Coach Professional and is back in school. Cassandra resides in the New Orleans area. She is a Mom of 3 and loves being a grandmother/ “Gigi.”

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