allbert-eistein Join Us for the Next Peer Support Community of Practice

The purpose of the community of practice is to provide a forum for mutual support, to share ideas and engage in activities that develop the practice and profession of peer support.  

Welcoming people with lived experience or living expertise of mental health &/or addictions  with an interest in the practice of peer support, wellness and personal growth.

Please click on the following link to view our Terms of References:  Central LHIN Peer Support Community of Practice Aug 2017 (1)

Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7 (just north of Major Mackenzie Drive)


Date:  Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Time:  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location:  NYGH Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, 555 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, ON M2R 1N5 (just west of  Bathurst Street)

Mark your calendaPlease click on the following link to view our 2018 Meeting Schedule:  2018 CLHIN PS COP Schedule

Meeting schedule will be updated shortly.

For further information, please contact Theresa @ 647-926-9552 or by email at

Bring your ideas, questions, share your successes & challenges and join in wrap around peer support.

Wishing peace and good mental health.

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WRAP Level 2 Facilitator Certification Training Aurora, Ontario

Building a Culture of Recovery through a partnership with the Krasman Centre and York Support Services Network (YSSN) is offering a WRAP Level 2 Facilitator training to organisations and individuals on a payment basis.

Course Description:  This workshop is 5 intensive days of workshops that prepares participants to facilitate WRAP® groups in their community and organization.  It is for people who have completed a Seminar 1 WRAP® course.  The Seminar II WRAP® Facilitators course provides an experiential learning environment based on mutuality and self-determination.  This training is appropriate for people with lived experience who would like to lead Mental Health Wellness Recovery (WRAP®) groups, work with others to develop their own WRAP® and give presentations on mental health recovery related issues to groups or organizations.

Our WRAP® training is aligned with Copeland Center’s “Fidelity Model” that is supported by research ad recognized as best practiceWRAP® facilitator training is led by two Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators who received their training directly from the Copeland Center, modeling the values and ethic of WRAP® and co-facilitation model to create environments in which individuals can explore how they can learn from WRAP® and use it in their own lives.

Eligibility:  The basic, standard eligibility for any WRAP Facilitator Training is that participants have:

  • Completed a qualifying WRAP® program and can produce a valid certificate e.g.:
    • Copeland Center Correspondence Course
    • 2 or 3 day WRAP® Seminar 1 course or workshop, or
    • 8 or 12 week WRAP® Seminar 1 group or workshop
  • Using WRAP® in your own life

Interested?  Please read our Information and Application package for full details.  WRAP 2 Information Application Form (3) (1)

Subsidy Application Form:  Subsidy Application


Join Us for the Next Peer Support Community of Practice

The purpose of the community of practice is to provide a forum for mutual support, to share ideas and engage in activities that develop the practice and profession of peer support.


Date: Monday, July 11, 2016

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: CMHA York/South Simcoe Aurora Office, 15150 Yonge Street, Suite 201, Aurora, ON L4G 1M2

2016 Meeting Schedule CLHIN PS Community of Practice (2)

For further information, please contact Theresa @ 647-926-9552 or by email at

Bring your ideas, questions, share your successes & challenges and join in wrap around peer support.

Wishing peace and good mental health.

The PREFER program has fulfilled its four year funding grant and we are currently no longer offering this program. Our journey represents the accomplishments of many, the creation of a lifetime of connections, the discovery of new friends, and the realization of hopes and dreams. Thank you.

Please visit the website on a regular basis to check for updates, trainings and workshops.

The Peer Recovery Education for Employment and Resilience (PREFER) program of the Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery is proud to announce that its Summit, held in Toronto, Ontario, is scheduled for Saturday March 8th, 2014 and will be available at no cost to people with lived experience of mental health or substance use challenges.

Click Summit 2014_Agenda for a brief agenda for the day (a new window will open).

The Summit is an opportunity for the Participants and Graduates of PREFER who have been receiving education and training in Peer Support and the wider community of People in Recovery, Consumer/Survivors, and Recovery Supporting agencies and partners to network, share skills, knowledge and discuss opportunities for building a systemic culture that supports Recovery and embraces Peer Support. A variety of presentations, networking and learning opportunities will be available throughout the day as people from across the Province gather to talk about recovery, recovery education, and peer support and employment in the mental health system for people with lived experience. The summit promises to be a gathering of leaders in the Peer Support movement across the region.

The PREFER Summit, will be an excellent opportunity for PREFER participants, community members, C/S/X groups, mental health program administrators, social service students, mental health community associations, mental health, addictions, and related service agencies, and foundations to learn from each other, deepen their knowledge of recovery, and gain a greater understanding of peer support and how to implement and support peer recovery education. Participants will also explore supporting self-discovery, recovery, and development through the arts as well as through critical and creative thinking.

Additionally, agencies and groups are welcome to request space for networking.

Contact Information:

For more information, or to register for the summit, go to


Click here for a copy of the flyer (PDF) you can share with others: PREFERSummit2014_flyer (PDF)

The Krasman Centre is happy to announce that we will be providing two WRAP facilitator training opportunities.

If you have completed your WRAP (sometimes called WRAP level 1) and are interested in becoming a certified WRAP group facilitator, please see the announcement and application form below. Application Deadlines are: Monday February 24, 2014 for the March training and March 31, 2014 if you are only interested in the May training.

There are two trainings available.

When? 5-day training (9am-5pm each day).

Option 1: Newmarket, Ontario Mon. March 10, Tues. March 11, Wed. March 12, Thurs. March 13, AND Friday March 14, 2014

Option 2: Richmond Hill, Ontario Mon. May 26, Tues. May 27, Wed. May 28, Thurs. May 29, AND Friday May 30, 2014

For more information, please see the files attached.

If you have not completed your own personal WRAP (sometimes called WRAP level 1), you may be interested in some of the upcoming WRAP groups that will be available throughout the Central LHIN. Details about those groups will be forthcoming, but a flyer is also attached.

Help us ensure that peer support workers, volunteer peer supporters, and others who may be interested about this opportunity! Please forward, post, distribute freely.




WRAPFacilitatorTraining_application_MarchUpdate (Word File)

WRAPFacilitatorTraining_application_MarchUpdate (PDF File)


Are you interested in learning more about Peer Support and Recovery? Are you thinking about getting more involved in your community or working as a peer?

PREFER is an innovative community of learning and mutual support and we are hoping to welcome new members into our education and training program in the coming spring.

If you’re interested in finding out more, attend an information session!


Wednesday May 1st 5:00pm-6:00pm Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

Thursday May 2nd 2:00pm – 4:00pm CAMH — 1001 Queen St. Training Room A, Toronto

More info? See our brochure and program information or Frequently Asked Questions. Ready to Apply? Click here or print and fax/mail/drop off this application form. Applications are due Tuesday May 21, 2013.

What happens then? All applications are reviewed after May 22nd. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview in early June. Training for those joining PREFER starts July 3, 2013 with an Orientation Session.

Questions? Need Support?

Tel: 905-780-0491 Ext: 125 Toll-Free: 1-888-780-0724 Fax: 907-780-1960 Email:

We ask that you let us know you are planning on coming so that we can plan for enough chairs, but we may not be able to return your call before the information session. Leave your name and contact information and the session you would like to attend by email: or phone 905-780-0491 ext: 125 or Toll-Free: 1-888-780-0724

Tuesday November 6th, 2012 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Krasman Centre 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7 (one block north of Major Mackenzie Drive) **Ground floor access with small threshold; friendly senior cat on premises. **Free parking. Accessible by public transportation.

Thursday November 15th, 2012 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm North York General Hospital — Branson Site (Maple Room), 555 Finch Ave., West, Toronto (just west of Bathurst St.) **Wheelchair accessible. **Free parking across the street at North York Centennial Arena at 580 Finch Ave. W.

Powerpoint Presentations from the PREFER Summit 2012 are now available for download and viewing.


Keynote Speaker: Nora Jacobson     Peers as Dignity Workers


Panel: Dignity and Peer Support  Karen Cox, Constantin Nastic, and Laurie Fortnum  (no presentation available).

Reflections on dignity and the uniqueness of dignity work in peer approaches, its impact on workplace culture and peer worker retention, and a family perspective.


PREFER Summit – Evaluation 2012_(Kate Storey)


Setting Limits in Peer Support Kathryn Storey


Keynote Speaker: Stephane Grenier  Making Space for Peer Support — Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada)


Activism in Peer Support :The Responsibility of Making Change Becky McFarlane  (no presentation available)


For presentations from The Dignity Workshop on Friday September 21, click here: Peers as Dignity Workers (9.21.12) and Friday – Boundaries in Peer Support Relationships_edited and PREFER Summit – Evaluation 2012