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The PEER Movement: Exploring Different Modalities of PEER Support

October 13, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

A Lunch & Learn Panel Discussion

Panel discussion will explore what a peer coach is and ways to engage peer support in the addictions and co-occurring disorders profession.

About this event

This panel will explore what a peer coach is and how peer recovery support is being utilized currently in the field. We will also look at the different modalities of peer support and explain more effective ways to utilize this workforce in treatment settings as we move into the future. Panelists include individuals who operate in both the clinical and peer systems and have deep insight into the need for these two areas to collaborate more directly.


  • MODERATOR: CJ Oliveira, CAAP
    CJ Oliveira is a Certified Addiction Specialist and a CCAR trained recovery coach. CJ earned a Bachelor of science degree in psychology at Colorado State University in 2008 and is currently developing and managing the Alumni and Aftercare Services Program for a treatment center in Boulder. He uses both his lived experience in drug addiction and professional background to develop and manage programs with a strong focus on how they impact clients, their loved one’s, and the communities they live in.
  • Allison Harden, Peer Supervisor, Beyond Betty
    Allison Harden’s personal recovery journey led her to employment roles in Community Outreach at the Betty Ford Center and the Center for Dependency Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR). She has a Master of Science from the University of Denver in Organizational Leadership. Her education along with her lived experience inspired her to open Beyond Betty, where she continues to support individuals, families, and organizations in all areas of nonclinical addiction and recovery support services. Services include care navigation, recovery coaching, peer support supervision, and continuing education training facilitation for the peer support workforce. She holds the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist credential (CPFS), the National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist credential (NCPRSS), and the Recovery Coach Professional (RCP). Allison’s experience has shown her that peer recovery coaching and peer support is an asset for those desiring a long-term life in recovery.
  • Charles Van Loucks, ke’nekt
    Charles Van Loucks began his career with ke’nekt in March of 2020 as a Peer Recovery Coach and quickly noted that the landscape of our community’s use of drugs had drastically changed. A former heroin user himself, Charles began to quickly understand the Opioid epidemic and the need for more resources and support for those who wish to recover. A better approach to include the client’s voice. Charles served as a frontline worker during the pandemic and has had a positive impact in over 200 lives. Charles’ client centered approach and his creativity play a big role in his coaching practice and was the inspiration behind the development of our program’s use of the 7 dimensions of wellness to help guide clients when setting/reaching goals. Charles was recently named Director of Communication and is pleased to announce that his podcast “Get Ke’nekted” will be ready to roll out in late Fall of 2022.
  • Rachel Fowler, CCAR Trainer
    Rachel Fowler has been working as a Recovery Coach Professional, Trainer, and Supervisor since 2017. She serves on several boards and committees advocating for the recovery community. She is a Master Positive Psychology Practitioner, holds several professional coaching certifications, and is a trainer of positive psychology, as well as CCAR, Choices, and Jordan Peer Recovery Curricula. She hopes to use her own recovery experience and training to promote recovery and remove barriers for those on their own journey of recovery.
  • Raquel Garcia, Hard Beauty
    Racquel’s background includes building five grassroots organizations and businesses from the ground up; Coaching clients one-on-one and cultivating other coaches to build their best lives; presenting and training organizations and donors to de-stigmatize and educate on the reality of overcoming substance misuse, systemic and familial obstacles, advocating for under-served populations; and speaking on Racial Equity, Power of the Peer/Coaching Professional and Criminal Justice Reform. She owns Hard Beauty LLC and is the Executive Director of the Hard Beauty Foundation. The first and only Peer led organization in Douglas County Colorado that serves the entire state with virtual coaching and programming. On July 1st 2022 Racquel was appointed to the inaugural Behavioral Health Administration Advisory Council to co-create a people-first behavioral health system that meets the needs of all people in Colorado.


  • NAADAC/CAAP Members – $10 (includes 1.5 NAADAC/DORA CEHs)
  • Nonmembers – $20.00 (includes 1.5 NAADAC/DORA CEHs)
  • Students – $10 – fully refunded after attendance – INCLUDING one year student membership at NAADAC/CAAP paid by CAAP (includes 1.5 NAADAC/DORA CEHs)
  • Military Members- $10 (includes 1.5 NAADAC/DORA CEHs)