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April 11: Trauma‐Informed Peer Support (TIPS) Training


April 11: Trauma‐Informed Peer Support (TIPS) Training


This training is for peers and peer leaders. It is ideal for those who work as peer specialists, health navigators, recovery coaches, health ministers and/or similar roles. This training can also be valuable to administrators, clinicians, supervisors and others interested in incorporating trauma‐informed peer practices into their programs. Trainers will define and discuss the biopsychosocial impact of trauma and its effect on communities; the prevalence and impact of trauma history for people using program services; share resilience science; and address how the experience of trauma and healing is affected by culture.

The NCTIC T.I.P.S. training covers the application of trauma‐informed practices in the context of peer support services for people at risk for HIV, and PLWH, through the development of mutual, reciprocal relationships. Join us for this highly interactive, unique training that combines peer support values and trauma‐informed approaches to supporting people in behavioral health treatment, prevention and/or medical care serving communities highly impacted by HIV, including racial and ethnic minorities, and groups at risk for HIV or PLWH (and/or hepatitis). 

LUNCH will be provided!

Engaging People Living with HIV in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook

Our Presenters:

Leah Harris

Leah Harris, M.A., is a mother, advocate, and storyteller who has written and spoken widely about her lived experiences of trauma, addiction, mental health challenges, and resilience. She is passionate about promoting trauma-informed approaches across systems, sectors, and communities, and works with the National Association for State Mental Health Program Directors as a trainer and curriculum developer on trauma-informed care. She is a national lead trainer in the Trauma-Informed Peer Support curriculum developed for SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care. Leah is deeply committed to furthering trauma-informed approaches with and for people living with HIV. In 2017, she took a leading role in adapting SAMHSA’s existing trauma curricula to focus on the intersection between trauma, HIV, behaviors, resilience factors, and health outcomes. Leah is also devoted to sharing mind-body skills and creative expressive arts, including creative writing and storytelling as vehicles for trauma resolution and post-traumatic growth. Learn more about her work at

Vanessa Johnson, JD

Vanessa’s expertise and experience in public health with a focus on empowerment via peer engagement, behavioral health practices; services for chronic health conditions; and harm reduction principles led her to co-founding of the Ribbon Consulting Group, LLC (Ribbon). Ribbon is a national consulting firm whose mission is to improve community and resident health especially for individuals with hidden disabilities and chronic health conditions.  Under Ribbon, Vanessa, provides capacity building assistance in the form of training, technology transfer, and education to organizations and individuals that serve people with hidden disabilities and chronic health conditions, with a particular emphasis on people living with HIV.  She is the proud mother of one adult son, Brandon and supportive family member to many others. She also, graduated from Temple University Law School, Philadelphia, PA (1990).


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