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.


Distance Learning
Week of September 7–18, 2020
Week of September 28–October 9, 2020
Combination of independent learning and real-time facilitated distance learning.

In-Person Training (40 hours)
Chicago, Illinois
September 21–25, 2020
8:30 am–5:00 pm


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




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