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Topics in Addiction: Peer Support: Increasing Engagement and Connection during the Recovery Pocess

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As part of the Topics in Addiction seminar series, Brandi Ernst, Vice President, Provider Network Development, MAP Health Management, will present “Peer Support: Increasing Engagement and Connection during the Recovery Process.”

Ernst describes her talk as follows: “I believe we have all heard that you will increase happiness by increasing your social circle or having one or two close friends. Peer support is not a new construct but started in the late 18th century in the mental health sector. It is enjoying a resurgence in the substance use treatment industry. This will be a discussion on the history of peer support, what it looks like now, how it is impacting the addiction industry and what data we are gathering to help improve treatment in the future.”

Ernst has 19 years of experience in the behavioral health care field. With extensive experience at many levels in the behavioral health treatment realm, her career has been focused on helping clients and families find the treatment options that best serve their needs. Now with MAP Health Management, she works in continuing care, focusing on peer recovery support to extend the relationship with recovery and increase the likelihood of long-term success while collecting outcomes data to improve treatment providers’ ability to adjust programming and help raise the bar for standards of care in the addiction industry.

Participants may join the meeting via Zoom. A recording will be available after the event on MediaSite.

Light refreshments will be served.

Topics in Addiction is the monthly gathering of Penn State Addiction Center for Translation to discuss topics related to addiction. Topics are presented in an informal environment in ways that are accessible to the faculty, staff and students of Penn State College of Medicine and the broader Penn State community of any background. The program hopes to reach not only basic scientists and clinicians, but also everyone who has an interest in addiction and its widespread implications on research, clinical work, medical education, policy and the community.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in Room C3860 at Penn State College of Medicine, with all meetings live-streamed via Zoom.

Sessions will vary in focus and format depending on the speaker.

With questions, speaker or topic requests, or to be added to the Topics in Addiction mailing list, email Sarah Ballard at smb42@psu.edu.


February 12
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Sarah Ballard


Room C3860 – Penn State College of Medicine
700 HMC Crescent Road
Hershey, PA 17033 United States
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