A Peer Specialist is an individual with lived recovery experience who has been trained to help peers in providing support as they move forward in their own recovery. As a person who has traveled a similar path, a Peer Specialist fosters hope for recovery and role models that reality to the peers they serve.

DBSA Peer Specialist Course

(72 hours over 5 weeks)

• 40 hours in-person (Chicago, IL)
• 26 hours independent learning
• 6 hours remote group learning

DBSA’s enhanced course incorporates distance learning and a 5-day in person session. Participants will reflect on their own journey and how to develop skills that draw upon that experience to assist others in their recovery.

Course work includes outside reading, completion of homework assignments, group distance learning discussions, quizzes, role-play evaluations during the 5-day in-person session and a final test. Students must be available to attend all activities and achieve a passing grade on all quizzes and the final test to receive a certificate of completion.


In-Person Training (40 hours)
Chicago, Illinois
September 30–October 4, 2019
8:30 am–5:00 pm

Distance Learning
September 16–26, 2019
October 7–16, 2019
Combination of independent and real-time facilitated distance learning.

Post-Course Online Examination
Online test must be completed prior to October 25, 2019.
Please note accommodations can be made if internet/computer access is not available to a participant.


Non-refundable processing fee required at time of submitting application: $75


Stay tuned for upcoming training dates.

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