Peer Job Development with Cynthia Evans

About the Episode

Date: November 12, 2020

Episode 6: Peer Job Development with Cynthia Evans

Summary

Supporting peers in their job search and professional development is often a task of a peer recovery specialist. Encouraging peers to discover and follow their dreams is empowering for both the peer and peer supporter. We also discuss the future of the profession of peer support and thinking beyond the one-on-one peer support model.

Key Topics

  • Challenges faced by peers and peer recovery specialists in job searches
  • Computer proficiency and role play as essential job skills for peer recovery specialists
  • The importance of networking in professional development
  • Incorporating job skills learned in other professional capacities

Cynthia Evans has worked for peer-run mental health and disability organizations on the local, state, and national levels. Over the last 25 years, she has worked as a Peer Support Specialist, Job Developer, Trainer, Consultant, and Program Director. Administration, grant writing and management, training and group facilitation are among her many skills professionally.

A native of Detroit, she is a gifted speaker who seeks to use life lessons learned to “enhearten” her peers – which means “to encourage, to give confidence to, and to embolden others!”

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