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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:

Complexities of Providing Support for Women Veterans and/or Partners of Veterans
with Jonna Phillips, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Therapy Program Director, Veteran Resilience Project
November 17, 2022 from 12 – 1PM CST

This presentation will focus on understanding the often, complicated dynamics of being a Women Serving and/or a partner of a service member.  Specifically, looking at the impacts of Military Sexual Trauma (MST), PTS(D), moral injury, and co-occurring conditions.  In addition, we will explore the Secondary Trauma partners often experience.  As we explore these topics, we will discuss how EMDR can be an effective form of treatment and how to implement with complex or co-occurring cases.    

You will gain a deeper understanding of MST, PTSD, moral injury for Veterans/military members and the secondary trauma of partners/family members; the barriers for mental health treatment and how to build rapport with service members and/or their families; and increase your awareness of EMDR implementation.

+ 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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