Philadelphia County Training & Meeting Schedule

The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHIdS) 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. Mental Health Partnerships/The Institute for Recovery is an authorized Pennsylvania State Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services vendor for the CPS and CPS Supervisor courses.  

DBHIdS CPS classes are offered 4 times a year, are open to City of Philadelphia residents only and, the application process is managed by DBHIdS. For CPS Supervisor and Continuing Education courses, please contact The Institute for Recovery. 

DBHIDS Contact Information

DBHIDS PCCI 1101 Market St, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
For questions, please send an email to

December 2017

WRAP Seminar II: WRAP Facilitator Training (CPS 202)

Dates: December 4 - 8, 2017
Time: 9am-5pm every day
Location: MHP, 1211 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19107

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 power point 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.

Please complete the application to apply:

Application deadline is November 27, 2017

For more information, contact Institute@MHP, x3888 or

January 2018

WRAP Seminar I: Developing a Personal WRAP (CPS 201)

Dates: January 10 - 11, 2018
Time: 9am-5pm every day
Location: MHP, 1211 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19107

Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP) is an evidence-based practice developed by the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery.  This introductory course was initially designed for people living with mental health issues but has since been found to be equally effective for others including people living with a history of substance abuse, problematic behaviors or any life challenge for which improvement is desired. In WRAP® participants are guided through the process of creating their own WRAP through the identification of personal wellness tools.  Learners are introduced to recovery concepts and taught practical ways to incorporate them in daily life. In addition, learners are taught to identify their personal triggers, early warning signs and develop action plans to reduce or avoid escalation.  Finally, learners develop a crisis plan and post crisis plan.  Learners who complete WRAP Seminar I are authorized to facilitate one-on-one WRAP sessions. Additionally this training session fulfills the prerequisite for the WRAP® Seminar II: WRAP Facilitator Training.

Online application:
Application deadline:  January 3, 2018

CPS Supporting Youth and Young Adults (CE104)

Dates: January 23 - 24, 2018
Time: 9am-5pm every day
Location: MHP, 1211 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19107

Young people who are leaving the children's mental health or other child serving systems are frequently under supported 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 help you provide youth centric peer support that keeps the young person at the center of their transitional pathway as envisioned by the young person themselves. This course is informed by the Core Statements of the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) and trauma theory, and includes consideration of developmental stages, brain development, strategies for increasing young people’s participation in decision-making and advocacy, and understanding of change and transition

Online application:
Application deadline: January 9, 2018

February 2018

No trainings have been scheduled for this month. Please check back again soon.

March 2018

CPS Training (CPS 200)

Dates: March 5-9, 19-23 2018
Time: 9am-5pm every day
Location: MHP, 1211 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19107

Application forthcoming.

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

Phone: 267-507-3888