Next Steps Peer Specialist Training Course

Certificates for 32 hours of peer specialist continuing education will be awarded to participants completing the full 4-day course (additional hours for facilitator trainees for 5 days)

Next Steps is continuing education for peer specialists developed under the SAMHSA-supported national Recovery to Practice initiative. Curriculum modules include:

  • The Transforming Power of Recovery
  • Effects of Trauma on Recovery
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Strengthening Workplace Relationships
  • Peer Support Values and Guidelines
  • Multicultural Awareness
  • Wellness
  • Supportive Recovery Relationships

32 hrs.: 24 hrs. on-site plus 8 hrs. pre-work by participants 
Course is delivered via a collaborative learning approach.

Training participants must commit to:

  • Complete pre-course self-study curriculum (8 hrs.)
  • Fully participate in all 4 days of on-site training
  • Complete a pre- and post-test to demonstrate course participation and subject mastery

Who can participate:
Individuals who have been formally trained and certified as peer specialists in their states or through the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services. Please do NOT apply if you do not meet this standard.


  • Tuesday-Friday, May 19-22, 2015
    Tacoma, Washington