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Project ECHO

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Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify capacity to provide best practice care. The Wayside Women Services (WWS) Project ECHO focuses on sharing practice and support service information which will enable participating organizations to empower women and families to break the cycle of addiction and trauma.

Wayside is the “hub” for several ECHO learning communities originating in Minnesota and open to all (via Zoom online meetings). 

+ Maternal & Infant Health ECHO (NEW!)

Wayside Recovery Center is hosting a new ECHO series focused on maternal and infant health disparities — with support from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Please visit our dedicated maternal health series page for more information: waysiderecovery.org/maternalhealth

+ WOMEN SERVICES ECHO

The Wayside Women Services ECHO focuses on sharing best practices between providers to empower women in recovering their sobriety, identity, home, family and community.

The series focuses on LADC, LPC, LPCC, RN, LPN, LICSW, LSW, LMFT and MAT providers, along with those who provide support to women with substance use disorder. 

Our Women Services ECHO series is approved to offer 1 CE credit by the MN Boards of Social Work, Behavioral Health and Marriage and Family Therapy. It also meets criteria for additional licensed health provider individual study options.

Sessions take place on third Thursday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 pm CST. 

Past topics:

  • Advanced Practice: Increasing LGBQT+ Cultural Competencies
  • How and Why We Address Family Relationships as Part of Recovery
  • Trauma-Informed Supervision

Upcoming Women Services ECHO sessions:

“It makes you feel much better about life:” Positive Peer Journaling to Support Recovery from Addiction
with Amy Krentzman, MSW, PhD, LISW, Associate Professor of Social Work at University of Minnesota
April 14 from 12 – 1PM


Dr. Krentzman will describe Positive Peer Journaling (PPJ) an intervention she developed to support addiction recovery. She will present the results of two research studies she conducted on PPJ which showed that PPJ co-occurred with increases in satisfaction with life, well-being, happiness with recovery, and confidence to stay sober. PPJ compared to treatment as usual showed greater use of behaviors targeted in the journaling practice, including planning rewarding activities and writing gratitude lists.

+ Peer Support ECHO

The Peer Support ECHO is an online community for Peer Recovery Specialists and Mental Health Peers. Participants share community and statewide resources, learn new skills and tools for doing Peer work, and meet and connect with other Peers.  Sessions are based in the four IC&RC Peer Recovery Domains, Advocacy, Mentoring/Education, Recovery Support and Ethical Responsibility.

As of April 2022, Peer Support ECHO sessions are resuming.

Upcoming Sessions:

MN Recovery Connection: Benefits of Peer Support Services & Connection
with Kelly Ables, CPRS – Project Manager, Minnesota Recovery Connection
April 7 from 12 – 1PM


In this session, Participants will learn about Minnesota Recovery Connection and the benefits of Peer to Peer support and why it works! You will gain insight on MN Recovery Connection’s services; learn the benefits of Peer to Peer Support; and engage with MN Peer Recovery Coaches to learn about helpful community services and resources.

+ INDIGENOUS WOMEN WELLNESS ECHO

in partnership with American Indian Family Center

The Indigenous Women Wellness ECHO is developed and delivered by practitioners and elders who are part of Indigenous communities. Participants will share ideas, successes and challenges. They will learn how to engage in culturally responsive healing while acknowledging the innate strengths and resiliency within Indigenous communities. 

Upcoming Sessions:


Culture is the Answer: Indigenous Healing from Substance Abuse Disorders
Shaunna Gullikso
March 29 from noon – 1 p.m.

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