2015 National Conference

JOIN US for the 9th Annual Peer Support Conference
August 20 and 21, 2015

San Antonio, Texas


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Confirmation Message to all attendees

About this year’s conference

The 9th Annual National Peer Support Conference (an internationally-attended event) will be held on Aug. 20 and 21, 2015 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, in beautiful San Antonio, Texas; a short walk to the famous River Walk and a short ride to the Alamo.

Click here for more about the Sheraton Gunter San Antonio Hotel

Conference Registration Forms


Join iNAPS online (to register as a member and save)

Conference Schedule (Updated)

Click to download a PDF schedule of workshops: CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

CONFERENCE FLYER (Please download and share!)

Pre-conference events

Pre-conference Workshop:
Wednesday, August 19:
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Facilitating Learning:
How to deliver Inspiring Classes Where Joy and Transformation Happen


This workshop is organized and offered by Recovery Opportunity Center (ROC) and will be held at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel (same location as the conference on the day before the conference.) There is a $30 fee for the workshop, payable to ROC, that is separate from the National Conference registration. Click here for a registration form.

To learn more, contact: terrence.smithers@recoveryopportunity.com

Pre-conference  Evening Networking Session:
Wednesday, August 19:
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Arriving on Wednesday evening before the conference? Join us for a free networking session at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel (same location as the conference). There is no fee and you do not need to be registered for the conference to join us for this evening event from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.. Check at the front desk for the exact time and location.
Co-sponsored by Via Hope.

Thursday, August 20 Friday, August 21
8:00-9:00 Continental breakfast 8:00-9:00 Continental breakfast
9:00-10:45 Conference Opening
and General Session 1 – Daniels and Ashenden
8:30-10:15 Welcome Back and Creative Expression Session
10:45-11:00 Break 10:15-10:30 Break
11:00-12:00 Keynote – Williams 10:30-11:30 Workshop Session IV
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch on your own 11:30 – 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:30-2:30 Workshop Session I 1:00-2:00 Workshop Session V
2:30-2:45 Break 2:00-2:15 Break
2:45-3:45 Workshop Session II 2:15-3:15 Workshop Session VI
3:45-4:00 Switch break 3:15:3:30 Switch break
4:00-5:00 Workshop Session III 3:30-4:30 Workshop Session VII
* Dinner on your own 4:40-5:00 Closing Session / Awards

Thursday evening meetings:
5:30 – 7:00 pm Texas Peer Networking Reception
5:30 – 7:00 pm iNAPS State and Country Representative Council Meeting
7:00 – 8:30 pm iNAPS Membership Meeting

Keynote Presentations

General Session 1: The State of Peer Support Services in 2015: Training, Certification, Reimbursement, and Preliminary Results of a Peer Specialist Wage and Salary Survey–Allen S. Daniel and Peter Ashenden

General Session 2: This year’s conference theme is poverty and advocacy—and will feature a keynote on this theme:  My Lived Experiences: From Devastation to Bringing Happiness to Work and Life by Mertice “Giatane” Williams, who will tell her extraordinary story while also addressing how peer supporters can grow through addressing these issues within themselves as well as with those they support.



Post-Conference Event
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Austin, TX

DBSA/iNAPS Next Steps
One Day Orientation Workshop for Experienced Peer Supporters


Note: Austin is ~1 hour drive from San Antonio.

A one-day orientation to the DBSA/iNAPS Recovery to Practice Next Steps training is planned on Saturday, August 22 in Austin, Texas. Seating is limited and arrangements to get from San Antonio to Austin will need to be made. But if you can stay the extra day after the conference, plan to join us for this unique and powerful immersion program for experienced peer supporters and their colleagues. Must be registered for the conference to sign up and attend. To find out if seating is available, ask at the conference registration desk.

Other Conference Events

Annual Membership  Meeting

members only

Each year there is a membership meeting at the Annual Conference on Thursday, August 20 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM (Central Daylight Time). The membership meeting is an opportunity to learn about the organization, past achievements, current initiatives, future plans, and to voice your choice about where we go from here.  You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting, but you do need to be a member to vote on member items or to become a state or country representative.

Visit the membership page to learn more: https://inaops.org/join-us/

Hotel and Area Attractions

We have arranged a special group lodging rate ($139 per night single, $159 per night double and $174 per night triple plus applicable taxes). Space is very limited in our room block so please make your reservations early to avoid disappointment. Reservations can be made online: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/nationalpeersupport or by calling 888-999-2089.

Be sure to mention that your reservation is for the iNAPS conference.
For more information about the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, please visit: www.sheratongunter.com.

Welcome to San Antonio!

To get a sense of the warm, friendly culture of San Antonio, watch this short video…

San Antonio Hugs

River Walk, San Antonio


For more information about the River Walk, please visit: www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com.

Why Should You Attend the 9th Annual iNAPS Conference? 

Hear from some of our previous attenders…or share your own story….

Why do I attend the iNAPS Annual Conference?
This Week’s Featured Reason


I attend the iNAPS Conferences because it allows me to talk with the folks that are working day to day with our peers to help that person to achieve their recovery goals! The gentleness and passions of the attendees is absolutely infectious. I learn so much from being at this great learning event! Finally, the power of peer support that is always felt at this conference helps us all to re-energize our batteries so we can support so many more with our newly learned skills! ~Peter Ashenden, Director of Consumer and Family Affairs, Optum Health Behavioral Solutions

Featured Reasons to Attend the iNAPS Conference

Each week from now until the conference, we will feature another person’s reason for attending the iNAPS conference. Submit your own story! See below to learn how.


For these stories and more, visit the Conference Testimonials Page https://inaops.org/conference-testimonials

Have you attended an INAPS Conference in the past?

If so, what’s YOUR reason for attending the iNAPS Annual Conference? If you’ve attended before, what was most helpful or memorable? If you’ve never attended before, what do you hope to gain from attending?
Send email to info@inaops.org or add your reason to the comments section of the Testimonials Page and your story may appear in an upcoming newsletter, email update, or perhaps even the conference program! https://inaops.org/conference-testimonials

Why should you attend the iNAPS Annual Conference?


“To expand your toolkit of peer support techniques and strategies, learn about national trends, and meet national peer leaders, practitioners, and supervisors who understand your challenges and share your joy in this work.” ~Lisa Goodale, VP Peer Services, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

What can you expect at the National Conference?

2014 Presentations


Click here to view selected slide shows supplied by the presenters
from last year’s 2014 National Peer Supporter Conference
in Atlanta, GA


Click here for a copy of our W9

Forms and online registration

Conference flyer (please share!)

Conference Registration (mail in)
Conference Registration (online)

Link to online registration: https://inaps2015nationalconference.eventbrite.com

Link to online membership: https://inaops.org/join-us/


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