You too can be a Peer Support Specialist!

Hi! You can become a Certified Peer Support Specialist! You have to be willing to tell your story and admit you are in recovery. Then find a local training in your area. For those wanting to go back to work imagine getting paid to do something you’ve been doing since you sought help. The best thing is you get to help people by sharing your experience and tell them what worked for you then listen to theirs. See what their needs are and be willing to help them find the resources they need for recovery. isn’t that great! Start looking right now.


Well that’s a great idea and your advocating in the right spot.

Is this voluntary ? Either way if love to find out more


Who are you and why are you saying this? Is it a business?
I’m a paranoid schizophrenic and you could be increasing stress for the afflicted!

More info please.


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I am also a recovering schizophrenic. Don’t mean any harm. I’m sorry. It is a training for people recovering from mental illness.


It totally voluntary. The class teaches people in recovery from mental illness how to share their own story of recovery to others. There is a chance that you can also get paid for doing this if you so desire.

Sounds good. I’d like to find out more. If you have any links or know of any organisations pm me if you do.

I need to know what city and state you want the info on then I might be able to help you.

Sample CPS Activities Related to the CPS Service Definition
Service Definition Component
A. Helping the consumer to develop a network for information and support from others who have been through similar experiences.
Sample Activities

  1. Small group and individualized work providing information and helping consumers identify and share what works in their recovery. 2. Facilitate a dialogue and create a knowledge base among consumers to help them to be actively involved in their treatment. 3. In partnership with the consumer, create new strategies for achieving their goals/plans by sharing lived experience with mental illness and recovery and modeling successful strategies. 4. Help consumers access new resources and attempt and practice new skills in the community. 5. Network consumers with other consumers, consumer run organizations and the community at large. 6. Cultivate a dialogue and disseminate information regarding educational and vocational opportunities within the community as part of the recovery process (e.g.: Student Success, CAP, Leadership Academy, etc).
    Service Definition Component
    B. Assisting the consumers with regaining the ability to make independent choices and to take a proactive role in treatment including discussing questions or concerns about medications, diagnoses or treatment approaches with their treating clinician.
    Sample Activities
  2. Help individual consumer articulate in their own words their goals and aspirations in the development of their individualized plan. 2. Working at Staff Decision Support Centers (such as “Common Ground”).
    Service Definition Component
    C. Assisting the consumer with the identifying and effectively responding to or avoiding identified precursors or triggers that result in functional impairments.
    Sample Activities
  3. Share and support use of recovery tools including established best practices (Examples: WRAP plans & Pathways to Recovery) and individually developed tools and strategies. 2. Sharing “lived experiences” and model recovery strategies.

Pulaski tn…i doubt there is one here id love to do this though.


Who defines “Recovery”?

Only you can know if ready.

I would hope the people signing the check would need to do some sort of evaluation to ensure the safety of those seeking help. You can stat here.

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Look up certified peer support specialist requirements online.

I’m a peer support volunteer, but in the UK!

Is the training page/ moodle site available to anyone no matter where they are geography?

Yes it is. But this just does the book part of the training you would still have to do the live training at some point. This can at let you know if this for you.

Do You Want to Be a Peer Specialist? The job of a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) in Kansas is to help instill the hope of recovery from behavioral health challenges or dual diagnosis. CPSs use their experience to help others gage in recovery. A person wanting to become a CPS must complete a training program and pass a written exam. A peer specialist has the opportunity to be aware of and openly share what they have learned in the recovery process. Some questions you may want to ask yourself . . . • Are you willing to disclose to other people that you have faced behavioral health challenges? • Can you describe what has helped you move from where you were to where you are now? What did you do? What did others do? • Can you describe what you have learned about yourself in your recovery? • Can you describe some of the strengths that you have developed? • Can you describe some of the things that you do on a regular basis to help yourself feel well? • Can you describe some of the beliefs and values you have or have developed that help strengthen and support your recovery? What are a few of those? • Can you describe how facing individual challenges has impacted your life? • Are you comfortable discussing people’s experiences with medications? • Can you describe how a sense of hope and resiliency plays a part in your life and your recovery? What are some words you would use to describe this? • Can you describe how you dealt with difficult setbacks? • Can you describe some of your external supports and how they help you?

The Certified Peer Specialist training draws strongly on a person’s lived experience and recovery journey. This training can be intense and emotional, and peers are encouraged to carefully examine if they are prepared for this next step and have the necessary resources necessary to complete the training and examination process. Please take the time to gauge your agreement with the following statements as a way to decide if Certified Peer Specialist training is right for you at this point in your life. • I am willing to disclose to my colleagues and peers that I have struggled with behavioral health challenges. I understand that in doing so, I help educate others about the reality of recovery. • I have the time needed to participate in a challenging course of study. • I have taken and completed formal schooling, adult education classes, or a GED or High School Equivalency program. • I am able to travel away from my home for multi-day trainings. • I feel ready to be involved in a class that requires active participation. • I am able to participate in a full 8-hour training day. • I am able to discuss my own recovery story and experience with others • I can listen to others’ stories and feel empathy for their experience, even when it parallels painful experiences from my past. • I can arrange for my own transportation needs. Agreement with these statements does not necessarily predict program completion. However, these statements have been chosen because they reflect the factors that have contributed to the success or difficulties of past CPS course participants. For more information regarding peer support and its role in behavioral health recovery, please visit d.html to read Shery Mead’s “Peer Support: What makes it unique.” This may aid in building a foundation off of which to deepen your understanding of peer support. Adapted from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health Peer Support Readiness Self-Assessment and Missouri Peer Specialist Department of Mental Health Peer Specialist Readiness Assessment.