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Lived Experience Workforce Development Workgroup
Lived Experience Speaker's Bureau


Consumers and family members with lived experience trained to present on a number of topics such as: co-occurring treatment, AOD recovery, self-advocacy, compassionate treatment, recovery empowerment, suicidal ideation recovery, PTSD recovery, co-occurring client homelessness, and hope. Funding is currently available for BHRS training only. Non-BHRS training may be arranged directly with the speakers. Contact for more information

Lived Experience Workforce Development Workgroup Purpose:

  • To identify and engage consumers, families, and community members, including schools – henceforth called people with lived experience -to prepare for workforce entry in the broad field of behavioral health and recovery services.
  • Educate people with lived experience on essential behavioral health issues in conjunction with goals of the BHRS Training Plan. Examples of topics could include, but not be limited to: self-care, wellness and recovery ideology and strategies, and management of co-occurring conditions, stigma awareness, and/or trauma.
  • Support on-going specific training for those with lived experience already employed in BHRS/contracting agencies regarding skills and development opportunities to further assist them in current employment. Such training is provided in conjunction with Inspired at Work and/or Paving the Way.
  • Address workforce development issues as stated in BHRS Workforce Development Plan, such as mentorship, internship, and promotion planning for those with lived experience.
  • Assist those organizing training to identify and recruit faculty members with lived experience to present at training and/or other workforce development events.
  • Partner with other training programs and potential employers to encourage connection with jobs, and reduce barriers to hiring individuals with lived experience.
  • Promote culturally aware/responsive, recovery-focused, and stigma reducing approaches to workforce development among providers and partners in the public behavioral health care system.


Glossary of Terms for Consumers and Families Receiving Behavioral Healthcare Services; Making Sense of the ‘Alphabet Soup’. PDF


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