Being a Leader


Christine McDonald

Presentation: This presentation will emphasize the importance of peer engagement in the facilitation of recovery and helping end stigma through advocacy and leadership opportunities in a variety of settings. Leadership skills that peers can develop, tap-in to, or optimize will be discussed. Peers can play a role in the advocacy for recovery oriented systems of care and help propel the recovery movement by being a leader in every facet of their lives; not only at work, but at home, when spending time with friends, on social media, in the community and with legislators. This presentation will discuss how one can use their own skills and talents to help advocate for themselves and others in a unique and effective way.


  • Review the history of the peer movement and discuss where current efforts are focused.
  • Describe the importance of being a leader in order to facilitate recovery and end stigma associated with the peer and recovery movements.
  • Discuss what being a leader would look like in a variety of different ways and settings and what skills one could acquire to advocate for and propel the recovery movement.

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