2021 Northern Idaho Peer Support Connection Conference

We invite you to join us for this comprehensive educational experience, which will offer CEUs for Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS), Certified Family Support Partners (CFSP), Certified Peer Recovery Coaches (CPRC), and Certified Recovery Coaches (CRC).

Please click the links below to register for each session you would like to attend.

CEUs earned at this conference are applicable for certification renewal only.


Friday, October 22, 2021


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM MST

Community Connections: Community Connections: Conscious Culture with Every Interaction with Gabrielle Davis, LPC, NCC (1 CEU)

Webinar Objectives:

  • Examine the role culture plays in every interaction
  • Understand fluidity within culture dynamics


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM MST

Disability Etiquette: It’s about Respect with Jen Grush-Dale (1 CEU)

Webinar Objectives:

  • Learn about terminology to use and avoid
  • Learn how to handle situations with ease for everyone
  • Talk about where some of these attitudes and myths about disability come from
  • Provide resources for participants and their clients/consumers


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

Clinical Considerations for Working with Children, Teens and the In-Betweens! with Olivia Ngadjui PhD, LPC, NCC (1 CEU)

Webinar Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to further awareness in their understanding of working with children and adolescents
  • Attendees will be able to learn children and adolescent developmental considerations
  • Attendees will be able to explore creative and culturally sensitive strategies for usage with children and adolescents


Saturday, October 23, 2021


8:45 AM – 10:15 AM MST

WRAP Peer Program of Support, Recovery, and Community with Wendy Norbom & Sharlisa Davis (1.5 CEUs)

Webinar Objectives:

  • Discover simple, safe, and effective tools to create and maintain wellness
  • Develop a daily plan to stay on track with your life and wellness goals-Identify what throws you off track and develop a plan to keep moving forward
  • Gain support and stay in control even in a crisis


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM MST

Ethics of Difficult Conversations with Stephanie Hoffman, PhD, CFSP, CPM (1 CEU)

Webinar Objectives:

  • Recognize different ethical conversations as a peer worker
  • Understand the ethics and morals of these conversations
  • Identify a couple of tools or strategies for working through these conversations

About the Presenters

Gabrielle Davis (she/her), LPC, NCC, is the daughter of Shirley Kinslow, who was in the first group of teenagers to integrate schools in Detroit and the great-granddaughter of Fannie Roberts who fled to the north in the 1930s due to her involvement in the move to end segregation. It is imperative for Gabby that she honors her ancestors and the people still living that directly had a hand in her being alive and in front of any audience she appears in front of.

Gabrielle is a licensed respiratory therapist and a licensed mental health counselor. She owns a private practice, Equitable Counseling & Consulting, that serves predominantly BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Idahoans. In her free time, she enjoys dispelling myths about the definition of allyship, working toward the rights of minoritized populations and ruffling feathers anytime she has the opportunity. Community is Gabby’s love language.

Jen Grush-Dale (she/her), works as the Executive Assistant at LINC, Living Independence Network Corp. Besides supporting the directors, Jen is responsible for much of the content on LINC’s website and social media. She has been with LINC in one way or another since 2001; she has been a board member, consumer and employee (but not all at the same time!). Jen was fortunate enough to have parents who raised her with the independent living philosophy (even though they didn’t know it at the time). Being involved with LINC allows her to pass along to others what she was given. As a person with a disability, LINC’s work to make our community more accessible and accepting of disability is almost ingrained into Jen like DNA!

Jen is the president of Snake River Valley chapter of Little People of America. She enjoys helping new families as they navigate the world with a little person. She has also served on the City of Boise Accessible Parking Committee from 2019-2021. Jen was raised in eastern Idaho and got her bachelor’s degree from Boise State (in technical writing). She now spends her free time with her husband and daughter eating out, playing cards with family and enjoying a sci-fi flick.

Olivia Ngadjui (she/her), PhD, LPC, NCC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Western Michigan University and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Idaho. She recently graduated from Idaho State University with her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Counseling in April 2021. Her counseling practice includes providing theoretically integrative care where she allows for cultural sensitivity, creativity and flexibility in her sessions. This means that counseling can include clients talking about what matters most to them (e.g. farming, gaming, cartoons, music etc) while working towards their goals. She’s been practicing in Idaho since 2019 and is proud to forever call Idaho, Idahome as her private practice is something that she hopes to maintain for a lifetime online to reach clients statewide looking for culturally responsive counseling. Dr. Ngadjui is also trained in EMDR and continues to find ways to support clients. Her clinical background includes working with individuals as young as 3 years old to their early 80s who are impacted by trauma, suicidality and homicidality. She enjoys advocating for inclusion via teaching, conference presentations, writing and diversity training to amplify marginalized communities and foster cross cultural relations.

Wendy Norbom (she/her), is a former Executive Director of NAMI – WRV and known for establishing Peer Support/Education in Blaine County and for receiving the 2012 Woman of the Year in the WRV for her passion for mental health advocacy. Wendy is passionate about NAMI peer programs and ZOOM’s ability to connect individuals who require mental health support throughout the State of Idaho, the US and Canada. Her work involvebuilding the Connection, Peer-to-Peer and WRAP support groups statewide, coordinating meetings with Idaho affiliates/Health Regions, and increasing/training new facilitators so Peers with not be without some form of support group every night of the week. In addition to her peer support and advocacy work, she provides research for individuals seeking specialized medical treatment, is Board President of EKOSingers Jazz Choir, a grant writer and published author, and has been an active Big Sister for over 38 years. 

Sharlisa Davis (she/her), is a Certified WRAP Program Facilitator and the Vice-President of NAMI-Idaho’s Board Leadership. In Sharlisa’s words: “I am a person in long-term recovery living with mental illness. Knowing and accepting this challenge, I understand more importantly that I am a person first. I receive a great deal of hope when giving back and sharing my experiences with others. My time in depression groups, introduced me recovery programs. At that time, I didn’t know that individuals with a mental illness could participate with the NAMI organization until many years later. As I continued in my recovery, I have served as a Facilitator of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) 2007 and other recovery model topics, a Certified Peer Support Specialist (2010), trained as a Mental Health 1st-Aider and a Peer Leader in order to effectively be a peer supporter. Hope is Possible!” 

Stephanie Hoffman, PhD, CFSP, CPM (she/her) has over 25 years’ experience in mental health counseling, prevention and intervention; substance use disorders prevention and intervention; juvenile justice diversion programming; K-12 education and higher education. Stephanie’s passions include empowering families to use their strengths when working with child-serving systems and supporting them to overcome their needs. Empathy, relationship-building and encouraging self-growth are the cornerstones of her work. Dr. Hoffman is a family support partner trainer who will share her lived experience as a parent, provider and educator while offering thought-provoking material on the topic of ethics for professional peer workers.