DBSA Core Peer Specialist 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, making the most of their chosen paths to wellness, and moving forward to achieve their goals. Designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an evidence-based model of care, peer support services delivered by Peer Specialists have been demonstrated to reduce symptoms, create commitment to treatment plans and goals, improve peers’ quality of life, and lower health care costs. Learn about Peer Specialists.
DBSA Peer Specialist Core Training is a 5-day, 40-hour training curriculum that prepares people who live with mental health conditions to support the recovery of their peers. Facilitated by nationally recognized trainers, this comprehensive and highly interactive course delivers a solid foundation in recovery principles, peer support intervention skills, and ethical practice. DBSA’s Core Training now incorporates small group coaching sessions and can be used to meet many state and VA peer training and certification requirements.
Our 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.
Bring a DBSA Core Peer Specialist training course to a group in your area:
Learn how you can seek outside funding support for training participation.
There’s a rapidly-growing evidence base on effectiveness of peer support services and Peer Specialists. Here are some relevant research findings:
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