DBSA offers a 5-day, 40-hour Peer Specialist Core Training curriculum that prepares people living with mental health conditions to support the recovery of peers. Facilitated by certified DBSA trainers, this comprehensive and highly interactive course delivers a solid foundation in recovery principles, peer support intervention skills, and ethical practices. Training incorporates small group coaching sessions and can be used to meet many state certification requirements. Our Core Peer Specialist training curriculum was first developed in affiliation with the Appalachian Consulting Group, Inc., innovators of the pioneering Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project, and supported under a cooperative agreement with CMHS/SAMHSA.

DBSA Veteran Peer Training incorporates the shared experience of military service and a commitment to overcoming the impact of mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Facilitated by DBSA certified trainers, this comprehensive course delivers a solid foundation in recovery principles, peer support intervention skills, and ethical practice. Training consists of 40 hours of face-to-face training. Courses are available to both Veterans currently employed in VA peer support positions, and individuals who wish to qualify for these positions. Training incorporates small group coaching sessions and can be used to meet Department of Veterans Affairs peer training and certification requirements.

Individuals or groups can participate in DBSA Peer Specialist Training. DBSA offers an annual training for individuals in Chicago. This training meets the training qualification for completing steps towards VA certification.

DBSA provides on-site training to groups and organizations. Examples of organizations that could take advantage of this service include local VA facilities, Community Behavioral Health Centers, local County Mental Health Boards, private inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Complete and submit the appropriate individual training application or group training request form.

Become a Peer Specialist   Request On-site Group Training