DBSA Veteran Peer Training Center
The shared experiences of military service and a commitment to overcoming the impact of mental health conditions and addictions create a bond like no other between Veteran peers. To ensure that quality Veteran peer support services are available to all, DBSA trains Veterans who live with mental health conditions to support the recovery of their peers. Facilitated by nationally recognized trainers, this comprehensive course delivers a solid foundation in recovery principles, peer support intervention skills, and ethical practice. Training consists of 46 hours of web-based and face-to-face training, and courses are available to both Veterans currently employed in VA peer support positions, and individuals who wish to qualify for these positions.
DBSA is the recognized national leader in training and certifying Veteran peer specialists, with our Veteran training experience dating to 2005.
Successful completion of this training course and all associated examinations meets current VA certification requirements for individuals employed as peer support specialists.
2016 DBSA Veteran Peer Specialist Training Dates
October 24–29, 2016
Application deadline has passed.
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Helpful information for Veterans interested in qualifying for employment as a VA peer specialist
Eligibility for VA peer specialist positions
Have you already been trained and certified as a peer specialist?
Are you a VA employee currently working in a peer support specialist role at a VA facility who has not yet been trained and certified?
Are you a VA employee who is not currently working in a peer support specialist role, and interested in qualifying for VA employment as a peer support specialist?
Here are your options for qualifying for a VA peer support position:
Are you a Veteran not currently employed by the VA and interested in obtaining equivalent training that could qualify you for VA employment as a peer support specialist?
DBSA is not an authority on VA employment eligibility. All questions regarding individual eligibility to participate in DBSA-VA Contract Peer Specialist Training and eligibility for VA positions must be directed to Dan O’Brien-Mazza, VA National Director of Peer Support Services: Daniel.O’Brien-Mazza@va.gov or (315) 565-5179 or Laura Gomez: Laura.Gomez2@va.gov or (314) 894-5742. We also invite you to visit the VA Peer Specialist website for complete information on VA peer support career opportunities.
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