DBSA Peer Specialist Continuing Education
Here are training opportunities to increase your knowledge and skills as a Peer Specialist.
Next Steps Peer Specialist Continuing Education (32 hrs.)
Continuing education for experienced peer specialists developed by the International Association of Peer Supporters (INAPS) under the SAMHSA-supported national Recovery to Practice initiative. Delivered via a collaborative learning approach, the course includes 24 hours of face-to-face training plus 8 hours of pre-work by training participants. Share your knowledge and learn more from your peers on these key areas of peer specialist practice:
May 19–22, 2015—Tacoma, Washington
September 28–October 1, 2015—Itasca, Illinois
View a brief video on the Recovery to Practice Next Steps course
Who can participate:
Contact the DBSA Training Department for information on scheduling a Next Steps course for your group of 12-20 participants.
We Do Talk About That: Diagnosis, treatments, and the role of peer support (1/2 day)
Peer specialists are not clinicians, and they can play a key role in supporting their peers in choosing and getting the most out of treatment. Participants will learn more about a range of mental health treatments and explore ways in which peer specialists can appropriately support others in this venue. Contact the DBSA Training Department for information on scheduling this course for your group.
“Tell Me Your Story”—Why and How? (1/2 day)
Telling your story is integral to the work of peer supporters, but what does that really mean? Do you feel confident in talking about your recovery journey, what to tell, and what you might choose to keep private? This workshop will explore techniques for crafting and using your story in diverse settings. (Note: This is a more intensive and expanded version of the Telling Your Story session used in DBSA peer specialist training courses.) Contact the DBSA Training Department for information on scheduling this course for your group.
Support Group Facilitation (1 day)
Learn how to be an effective support group facilitator, keeping the focus on recovery. Participants will learn how to craft and use group guidelines, productively guide discussion, and effectively address common challenges. Includes both dialogue and hands-on practice facilitation. Contact the DBSA Training Department for information on scheduling this course for your group.
Peer Coaching Training
DBSA partners with InfoMC on Peer Coaching technology and training. Contact InfoMC.
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