NCCPSS Program Webinar Series

PSS Live WebinarsSeries Description: The North Carolina Peer Support Specialist (NCCPSS) Program, in collaboration with the Community Engagement and Empowerment team at the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Services (DMH/DD/SUS) and Certified Peer Support Specislist (CPSS) is pleased to offer free training to CPSS. These webinars will focus on a variety of topics related to Peer Support. The contact hours can be used for the additional training required for recertification.

Modality: These series consist of monthly webinars. Each webinar will be a 1-hour & 30-minute lecture. These webinars will be live virtual training via the zoom video conferencing platform.

Registration: Registration is free, but participants must pre-register for this training. We will confirm your registration by email.

Target Audience: NC Certified Peer Support Specialists seeking additional training hours for certification or recertification.

All training sessions will occur from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Date Speaker Title

October 20, 2022   

Wes Rider Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery and Resilience

November 17, 2022

Delton Russell

Peer Support Boundaries

December 8, 2022 Stacey Harward

Reducing Stigma in Our Community

January 19, 2023 Delton Russell

Recovery Oriented Language


Inclement Weather Policy:
Any announcements regarding changes to the schedule due to inclement weather will be posted on  Registered participants will also be notified by email.

ADA Statement:
Registrants requiring any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in our training programs, please contact us by email at or by phone at (919) 445-0990 after completing registration to ensure we have enough time to secure the requested services.

Contact for Questions:
For questions, further information, or concerns, contact
Or call (919) 843-3018

NC CPSS logoConfirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion:

Immediately after the training concludes, participants will receive an email notifying them of the process and the manner in which they will gain access to the evaluation and the certificate of completion for the training. The Certificate of Completion email will go within 5 business days after the training concludes to participants who met the time requirement listed in the continuing education policy based on the length of the training.

NC CPSS Webinars

Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery and Resilience
Will be held live on 10/20/2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Wes Rider, BSW

The presenters cover a brief history of the national Recovery Move-ment and outline significant events and accomplishments in North Carolina. For-mal and informal definitions of recovery and resilience are presented as well as recent research related to the topic. In addition, the presenters discuss Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and how people with lived experience are making a difference as Peer Support Specialists in North Carolina.


Peer Support Boundaries
Will be held live on 11/17/2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Delton Russell, CPSS

This training is designed to discuss what healthy boundaries look like with the Peers we serve and also discuss how arrested development impacts ones ability to have healthy boundaries.  This training also discussed how having healthy boundaries can help create space for neuroplasticity and make recovery more sustainable.

Reducing Stigma in Our Community
Will be held live on 12/8/2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Stacey Harward, BSW

This training provides an overview of the three elements of stigma, the meaning of stigma, and how discrimination and stigma are intertwined with each other. In addition, the training focuses on practi-cal ways we can work towards reducing stigma in our communities.


Recovery Oriented Language
Will be held live on 01/17/2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Delton Russell, CPSS


This training explores the concepts of shame and stigma by understanding the role of the language we use and how it impacts us and those around us.


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This series will provide 1.5 hours of training (per webinar) needed for Peers to become certified or recertified.

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Wes Rider, BSW
Wes RiderWes Rider graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University in 1993. He has worked with the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services since 2004. As a member of the Division’s Community Empowerment and Engagement Team, Wes maintains a commitment to support the voice and perspective of people who are consumers and family members, in the ongoing design, implementation and evaluation of the public behavioral healthcare system in North Carolina.
Stacey Harward, BSW
Stacey Harward graduated from Columbia College in 1993, she is a licensed BSW in the State of SC. She has worked in the field of Social Work for 23 years. Her work history started as Director of Social Services in two different Nursing Homes, then she worked as a supervisor for Columbia Health Care Services. At Columbia Health Care Services, she supervised 116 Social Workers who provided In Home Case Management to the elderly and HIV clients in SC. In subsequent positions she provided Case Management to children in Therapeutic Foster Care, during which time her case load included working in support of people deemed Medically Fragile and then worked as a Mental Health Specialist and provided Case Management for people receiving In Home Mental Health Services. She currently works as a Community Engagement Specialist for the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services.


Delton Russell, CPSS
Delton is a Member Engagement Specialist with a specialty in Substance Use Disorders and is a person in long term recovery himself from both substance use and mental health. He is also a N.C. certified Peer Support Specialist as well as a certified Peer Support trainer a certified QPR (Question Persuade Refer) trainer and certified WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) facilitator. Delton serves as an individual advocate with members by helping them navigate the behavioral healthcare system and also serves as a systems advocate by promoting Peer Support and Substance Use services. Delton also serves as the PASAPA Liaison (Piedmont Area Substance Abuse Providers Association).  He strives to maintain open, effective communication and collaboration among providers and stakeholders in the Piedmont Region.


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