Delaware County Training & Meeting Schedule

The Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) contracts with The Institute for Recovery to conduct Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor, Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and, CPS Continuing Education trainings. MHP/Institute@MHP is an authorized Pennsylvania State Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services vendor for the CPS and CPS Supervisor courses.  

The OBH CPS class is offered 1 time a year, usually in April. It is open to Delaware County residents only and, the application process is managed by OBH. For CPS Supervisor, WRAP and Continuing Education courses, please contact The Institute for Recovery. 

Delaware County Newsletters:

January 2018 - CPS Newsletter, CPS Supervisor Newsletter


January 2018 TrainingsFebruary 2018 Trainings | March 2018 Trainings 

April 2018 Trainings | May 2018 Trainings | June 2018 Trainings

January 2018

LGBTQ101 - Understanding and Supporting Individuals and Communities (CE 110)

Dates: January 18, 2018
Time: 9 - 4:30pm
Location: MHP - Delaware County, 7200 Chestnut Street, Upper Darby, PA  19082

The full 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. 

Online application:
Application deadline: January 8, 2018

February 2018

Peer Support for Aging Populations (COAPS) (CE 107)

Dates: February 6-8, 2018
Time: 9 - 5 pm three days
Location: MHP - Delaware County, 7200 Chestnut Street, Upper Darby, PA  19082

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. 

Online application:
Application deadline: January 31, 2018

CPS Supervisor Training: Supervision in the Peer Support Environment (S-CPS 301)

Dates: February 14-15, 2018
Time: 9 - 5 pm both days
Location: MHP - Delaware County, 7200 Chestnut Street, Upper Darby, PA  19082

This training is open to CPS Supervisors in Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) funded programs in Delaware County.

Before completing the application, be prepared to:

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If you have any questions, please contact, Dana Shepherd at 267-507-3888; or

Course description: This course lays the foundation of Supervision in a Peer Support Environment and incorporates Daniels' (2014) Pillars of Peer Support Supervision, Kadushin's (1976) Social Work model on the Functions of Supervision, and Bloom (1997), Anda and Felliti's (1998) work on Trauma. The course is designed as a hybrid learning environment which has 15 hours of classroom face time with an additional 6.5 hours possible through an online learning community focused on discussion and reading. The classroom portion of this course has been approved for 13.5 hours of continuing education units through the National Association of Social Work- PA Chapter.

Online application:
Application deadline: January 31, 2018

March 2018

CPS Serving Justice Involved Peers (CE 101)

Dates: March 13-14, 2018
Time: 9 am - 5 pm both days
Location: MHP - Delaware County, 7200 Chestnut Street, Upper Darby, PA  19082

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.  

Online application:
Application deadline: February 27, 2018

April 2018

Certified Peer Specialist Training Program (CPS 200)

Dates: April 2 - 6 and 16 - 20, 2018

Time: 9 am - 5 pm every day

Location: MHP - Delaware County, 7200 Chestnut Street, Upper Darby, PA  19082

The Peer Specialist Certification Training is a ten day course. The curriculum focuses on
education, skill building, and providing an experiential group process for training participants.   
By participating in the training, participants will:

  • Gain new knowledge and understanding of recovery, the peer support movement, trauma
    informed care, WRAP, WHAM, etc
  • Develop new skills around engagement, outreach, ethics and boundaries, disclosure, 
    documentation, etc
  • Increase personal awareness
  • Enhance personal recovery

For more information and to fill out an application, click here.  

Application deadline extended: January 26, 2018

May 2018

WRAP Seminar II: WRAP Facilitator (CPS 202)

Dates: May 7 - 11, 2018

Time: 9 am - 5 pm every day

Location: MHP - Delaware County, 7200 Chestnut Street, Upper Darby, PA  19082

The WRAP Facilitator Training program is an intensive five-day training designed for individuals who have experienced the Mental Health Recovery Education Curriculum designed by Mary Ellen Copeland and, who have developed and are using a Wellness Recovery Action Plan in their own lives (the two-day WRAP Seminar I meets the pre-requisite for this training). 

This program teaches participants the skills necessary to become facilitators of the Copeland Mental Health Recovery Education Curriculum and of WRAP Groups. The WRAP Facilitator Training focuses on all aspects of successful preparation for implementing the Copeland Mental Health Recovery Education curriculum and WRAP groups. Training participants receive the Mental Health Recovery Education Curriculum Manual (including WRAP) as well as a CD-ROM complete with teaching material in the format of powerpoint presentations and overhead projection slides. Individual participants will complete a brief application to certify they meet the pre-requisite training and experience criteria. 

Note: This criterion is the standard set by Mary Ellen Copeland for WRAP group facilitation. 

Online application:
Application deadline: April 23, 2018

June 2018

Ethics & Boundaries (CE 100)

Dates: May 5, 2018

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: MHP - Delaware County, 7200 Chestnut Street, Upper Darby, PA  19082

Description:This is a training to support staff in developing and maintaining appropriate boundaries in service provision, and to explore and clarify ethical dilemmas.  In this training, learners will explore power and power differentials, including intersectionality and  implications of access to systemic power and privilege. The SAMHSA Prevention Code of Ethics will be used to examine service practices and policies. The training draws on Mowbray’s work on the distinction between traditional hierarchical boundaries and those appropriate to Peer Support.  Learners will practice assessing and making decisions about boundaries and dual relationships. 

Online application:

Application deadline: May 22, 2018


For more information about Institute monthly and quarterly meetings and training events, please contact:

Phone: 267-507-3888