Supporting and Empowering Peer Specialists in Behavioral Health

Peer Specialists

Certified Peer Specialist ECHO sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Click below to register. Click here to download the ECHO flyer.


How Does It Work?

Using interactive online video conferencing, the Certified Peer Specialist ECHO connects a team of experts with participants who want to enhance their ability to assist peers in the recovery process. Together, they collaborate in a safe and secure learning environment to:

  • Increase confidence, knowledge and application of best practices.
  • Improve quality of life.
  • Acquire specific and practical tools to improve peer support.
  • Expand understanding of core competencies and ethical standards associated with certification.

What Does Certified Peer Specialist ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with certified peer specialists and other experts
  • Peers get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals

Topics for Care-Based Learning and Discussion:

  • Self-Care
  • Wellness
  • Goal Setting
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Boundaries
  • Documentation
  • Harm Reduction
  • Advocacy

Meet the Expert Team

Scott Breedlove, MS, CPS, MARS, Credentialing and Training Expert, Missouri Credentialing Board

Lori Franklin, MS, Certified Peer Specialist Oversight Expert, Missouri Department of Mental Health

Mirna Herrera, MA, MTBC, CPS, Trauma-Informed Care and Cultural Diversity Specialist, Truman Behavioral Health

Sarah Earll, CPS, Training and Urban Homelessness Specialist, St. Louis Empowerment Center

Sheila Mihalick, PhD, CPS, Urban Peer and Recovery Community Center Specialist, St. Louis Empowerment Center

Michael Eanes, CPS, Re-entry from Prison Specialist, Burrell Behavioral Health

Sheila Gunn-Peters, MS, CCDP, Organizational Peer Specialist Advocate, Compass Health Network