Continuing Education for Certified Peer Specialists


Re-entry and Re-integration: Working with Justice Involved Peers (CE 101)

This training is designed to take your skills as a CPS and apply them with justice-involved persons in recovery who may still be incarcerated, may be about to return to their community or are already living in the community.  While some  share this lived experience, others do not.  We all, however,  share in the desire to support a positive process of community reintegration.  

The goal of this training is for you to gain the knowledge and skills that, woven together with your CPS backgrounds, will allow you to provide peer support to justice involved persons in recovery as they re-enter their communities in a way that is holistic, aware, ethical and effective.  

Trauma and the Magic of Brain (CE 103)

This training focuses on the fundamentals of a trauma based and informed practice.  The training includes a high level look at personal, historic, and organizational trauma. The theoretical framework for this course is Bloom's Sanctuary Model (1997) based on the Adverse Childhood Experience Study (Anda and Felitti (1998)) and includes basic brain development content.  Attention is paid to how childhood experiences impact and inform adult behavioral health across the lifespan.

Transition Age Youth and Young Adults (CE 104)

Young people who are leaving the children's mental health or other child serving systems frequently are left with little to no supports as they navigate a new world of service delivery.  Providing peer supports for this population requires a generational lens as well as an understanding of the intersections that define systems of care.  This course is designed to support the transition from adolescence to adulthood through a deeper understanding of the interplay of individuals and the systems.

Two but not Two: Whole health recovery and wellness (CE 105)

The newly developed Whole Health Recovery and Wellness two-day curriculum is designed to more directly enhance the skill-set of Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) in working with their peers. Through an examination of health literacy and disparities, this curriculum expands CPS knowledge around the most pressing health-care concerns of people who are in recovery and how the CPS can best support peers in developing and reaching goals toward improving their physical health. 

Peer Support for Aging Populations (CE 107) 

The Older Adults training was developed by the University of Pennsylvania and prepares current Certified Peer Specialists to utilize existing experience, skills and training to work with an aging population living with behavioral health disorders. The course includes an understanding of mental health and co-occurring issues as they relate to aging issues. Peers will increase their level of expertise while gaining specialized techniques that support Older Adults. 

Whole Health Action Management (CE 108)

The Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) approach can help you in developing self-management skills that make you the central figure in your care. Personal planning and peer support are foundations in the success of WHAM. 

Working with LGBTQIA Peers (CE 110)

The 13 hour (2 day) training will work to enhance comprehension and understanding of LGBTQIA issues, including and not limited to terminology, overall stigmas and issues, solidarity models, and power dynamics. 

Bridging the Gap: Supporting Connections to Religious and Spiritual Communities (CE 111)

This 1-day course focuses on the role participation in faith based communities can play in recovery and wellness.  The course explores the variety of ways religious congregations and spiritual groups foster social connection. Trainees will identify appropriate roles and responsibilities for those who seek to support individuals’ engagement with religious and spiritual communities and practices.  This training includes practice recommendations developed by the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion.

Promoting Peer Employment

This 2-day training will provide Certified Peer Specialists with information and strategies for assisting their peer participants to develop and pursue employmentgoals.  The training includes review of evidence-based approaches for helping people in recovery to explore, seek, obtain and maintain employment, and the unique and specific ways that CPS may support this process.  Exploration of benefits-related decision making and worker rights, as well as Medicaid rules about which services can be provided by CPS in fee-for-service programs is also included.