Certified Peer Counselor Training Program (Peer Support)

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The certified peer counselor training is a 40-hour (5-day) interactive learning experience.  This training prepares participants to take the state certification test and to obtain employment as a certified peer counselor in a mental health agency or other Medicaid-funded provider organization.  Peer counselors draw from their own life experiences and provide an array of supports to other consumers and/or families who are working toward recovery. 


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Eligible applicants must be self-disclosed consumers of mental health services (including parents or legal guardians of children receiving mental health treatment) who are in recovery and have a passion for supporting others on their own recovery journeys.  All applications are screened by DBHR before the applicant is accepted for the training.


COURSE TOPICS

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Tuition, training materials, all meals and lodging at the hotel (double occupancy) are provided at no cost to the participant. Each participant is responsible for their own transportation to and from the training site, and an additional room charge if single occupancy is requested.


WHEN AND WHERE IS THE COURSE OFFERED?


We make an effort to schedule trainings periodically in all regions of the state, to make it more convenient for people to attend.  Once your application is accepted, you will be placed on a wait-list and invited by mail at least one month before the scheduled training in their area.  If you are unable to attend the training you are invited to, please call Aubre Lawless to let us know and you will be placed on the invitation list for a more convenient training.


2012 Peer Support Training Dates


All scheduled trainings for 2012 have occurred. Please check back on the homepage for 2013 dates.

**Please note that you cannot register in advance for any of these trainings, even if your application has been accepted.  You MUST wait to register until you receive an invitation letter in the mail.**


HOW DO I APPLY?

For general information and questions about the Peer Support program, or for a training application, please contact:


Bonnie Staples
DSHS Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery (DBHR)
(360) 725-1883 or (toll-free) 1-888-713-6010
BonnieStaples@dshs.wa.gov

OR you may download the application at http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dbhr/mhpeer.shtml

For further information about training and testing opportunities offered by WIMHRT, please contact:
Aubre Lawless
The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research & Training
(206) 697-8916
alawless@uw.edu

For information about the Peer Support Certification Test, click here.