Incorporating Peer Support into Social Work Practice with Veterans



Incorporating Peer Support into Social Work Practice with Veterans

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

5:30pm to 7:00pm


Presenter: Amanda Matteson, MSW, PhD Candidate, Natalie Turner, LMSW & Eric Hardiman, PhD


Non-Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists

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Workshop Description

This presentation will look at the use of peer support interventions with veterans, their importance in connecting with and building community for veterans, and the evidence-based benefits of peer support services. We will discuss a peer support initiative, the Joseph P. Dwyer Program that provides peer support for veterans across New York state. We will focus on how veterans become connected with and benefit from this program. We will also explore the importance of cultural humility in social work when working with veterans. Social workers, especially those who are not veterans, should learn about and understand the value of peer support services, which can provide a non-stigmatizing, trusting environment where veterans can thrive.  


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the variety and complexity of veteran experiences and the challenges they may face. explain how peer support is helpful for veteran well-being (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health)
  • Determine when peer support is appropriate to incorporate into service planning
  • Define the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility regarding veteran experiences
  • Identify avenues to connect veterans with peer support in the community

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

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Amanda Matteson is a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2011 and her master’s degree in Social Work in 2018 from SUNY Albany. She served in the New York Army National Guard from 2005-2011 and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from 2008-2009. She worked at the Albany VA Medical Center doing various administrative work such as clerical assistance, enrollment, and recruitment/hiring. She also worked as a social work intern at the hospital while obtaining her master’s degree. Currently she works doing program evaluation for a New York State sponsored veteran’s peer to peer program.

Natalie Turner is a licensed social worker and senior research aide on the New York State Senate sponsored evaluation of the PFC Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veterans Program. Natalie received her B.S.W in 2017 from the University at Albany School of Social Welfare and her MSW from the University at Albany, Internships in Aging Program.  

Eric Hardiman is MSW Program Chair and Associate Professor at the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare. He conducts research on peer-delivered support interventions across a range of populations and service domains, including those addressing mental health, homelessness, disaster relief, urban violence, and Veterans’ communities. He is currently Principal Investigator for an evaluation of a New York state initiative delivering peer support services for Veterans facing challenges associated with civilian reintegration, including post-traumatic stress, social isolation, and suicide.



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August 26th, 2020 5:30 PM   through   7:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 0.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $ 0.00
Non-Member $ 0.00