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Virtual Learning Community
What's Happening?

COVID-19 Announcements
and Peer Support by Warmlines 24 x 7

A list of peer-run respites, warmlines, and organizations offering their support groups online is available on our Virtual Community site.

Review the right-hand scroll on our website for current announcements and visit the online calendar for daily events that are still happening online.

New notices are being posted and updated hourly. 


Virtual Community Online Support

Schedule of Online Meetings

To join, click the link above for the date and time. 
Online Facilitator Meetings
Every Tuesday and Thur, 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 1:15 pm

Online Support Group for Supporters
Every Tuesday and Thur, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday 2:00 – 3:15 pm

For a list of connection information for all meetings, click here.

Tips for Facilitating Online Peer 
Support Groups

Are you new to offering or attending peer support groups online?
Do you have experiences to share?
Check out our new resource: Tips for Facilitating Online Groups.

We are developing this together -- people who are experienced in offering online support groups and those who attend groups. We invite you to share your experiences --- both from facilitating and attending online groups. What makes a group good? And what role does a facilitator play?

Do you have a meeting or group that has been moved to an online format? Are you offering an online support group? Be sure to let us know so we can add it to the Virtual Community Calendar

Send email to:

New York City 
Support for Peer Supporters - Peer Support Line
For Peer Specialists in NYC
Every Wednesday and Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
(929) 274-1355

Learn more

Guidance from NYS DOH
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692- 9355), Text “WELL” to 65173, or chat at

Learn More

Virtual Community Calendar

Featured Event

March 25, 2020
Supervision of the Peer Support Workforce is now online!
Free of charge and featuring 25 prominent speakers.
Click here to register.
 All times are Pacific time zone (add 3 hours for Eastern).

For events like this and more...

Check Our Calendar often!

The Virtual Community Calendar is updated hourly
as new online opportunities come up.

For the latest online events, visit us online: Calendar


Virtual Community Job Bank
Recent Openings

The Job Bank has over 150+ new job openings each month.
To view the complete list, visit the Job Bank


Academy of Peer Services 
Faces and Places of Peer Support Webinar 
March 30, 3:00 -4:30 pm

Supporting Older Adults: Honoring Their Strengths
with Michelle Zechner, Clinton Green, Liz Breier, Shanti Vani, and Gayle Bluebird

For more information and to register, click here
Academy of Peer Services 
A New Online Course

Laura Anne Walker, Rapunzel (2006), From Fountain House Gallery

Transforming Lives with the Arts
by Gayle Bluebird

This new Elective course focuses on the healing and transformative power of arts and creative expression. It demonstrates how using the arts has become a major source of recovery for persons who have experienced mental health challenges. The course honors artists who have contributed to the history of the consumer/survivor movement.

Sign up for this new Elective course in the Academy of Peer Services
MHTTC Northeast and Carribean (Region 2)
More Online Learning Opportunities
Recovery Webinar Series

March 31, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Peer Services: Peer Providers Offer Understanding, Respect, Mutual Empowerment, and Support to Others Through Use of Their Personal Experiences: Martha Barbone and Rita Cronise
SAMHSA Northeast and Carribean MHTTC

April 7, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Supervision of Peer Providers: Effective Supervision of Peers by Non-Peer Supervisors with Joanne Forbes and Rita Cronise
SAMHSA Northeast and Carribean MHTTC
Academy of Peer Services
Special Announcements

New APS Team Member 
In the past week we were excited to welcome the newest member of our Instructional Design team, Athena Anderson! She is new to the region and landed about the same time as everyone started practicing social distancing, so she's looking forward to a time when she can meet people in person and go to the library and coffee shop again. In addition to her skills in instructional design, she is a Certified Feline Training & Behavior Specialist. She is always happy to help cats to help cats who would otherwise be abandoned to be able to stay in their homes. 
New Certification Board Director Announced

The Academy team extends a warm welcome to Marshall Rosier, who recently accepted a position at the Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP) as the Director of the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board. 

APS and the NYPSCB are separate organizations, but we work collaboratively to ensure the quality of the certification process. 
To learn more about Marshall, click here
Term 1 Extended Further

Term 1, 2020 will now be extended to April 20, to allow one more month for online learners to access the courses. After a shortened break for scheduled updates, Term 2 will begin as scheduled at noon on Monday, April 27. 
Remember: Transforming Lives 

If you haven't already done so, check out this new Elective course by Gayle Bluebird and Debbie Trueheart.

For this and 50 more onlien courses, visit:
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