DBSA Peer Specialist Core Training
DBSA is a recognized leader in training for the peer specialist workforce: people who use their lived recovery experience to assist others in regaining hope and moving forward to achieve their goals. Learn about Peer Specialists
DBSA Peer Specialist Core training is a 5-day training course that prepares people who live with mental illnesses to support the recovery of their peers. Facilitated by nationally recognized trainers, this comprehensive course delivers a foundation in recovery principles, peer support intervention techniques, and ethical practice.
The DBSA Peer Specialist training curriculum was first developed in affiliation with Appalachian Consulting Group, Inc., innovators of the pioneering Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project, and supported under a cooperative agreement with CMHS/SAMHSA.
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Post-training testing measures participant knowledge of core training competencies and takes place online. Cost of testing is included registration fees.
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Peer Specialist Continuing Education and Advanced Training
Are you already certified and looking for additional continuing education opportunities? Learn more.
To learn about Peer Specialist training and certification requirements in a particular state, contact your statewide consumer organization. (search a national listing)
There’s a rapidly-growing evidence base on effectiveness of peer support services and Peer Specialists.
Here are some relevant research findings:
In 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance letter to states interested in utilizing Medicaid-billable peer support services which stated, “Peer support services are an evidence-based mental health model of care which consists of a qualified peer support provider who assists individuals with their recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders.” More information on Medicaid-billable peer support in states is available through the Pillars of Peer Support Summit reports.
The National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) is a non-profit networking organization dedicated to peer support in mental health systems.
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