Upcoming Training Events

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Have a peer specialist training event to announce? Email training@naops.org


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 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 health conditions to support the recovery of their peers. Facilitated by nationally recognized trainers, this comprehensive course delivers a foundation in recovery principles, peer support intervention skills, 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.

2015 DBSA core training:
June 1–5, 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Download application (PDF) or apply online.

August 17–21, 2015

Location information and application coming soon!

November 2–6, 2015
Location information and application coming soon!

Learn how you can seek outside funding support for training participation.


 DBSA Veteran Peer Specialist Training in 2015
(meets VA requirements for peer support staff). 

April 13–18, 2015
Birmingham, Alabama
Download application (PDF) or apply online.

July 20–25, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
Apply online or download PDF

November 16–21, 2015
Location information and application coming soon!




Next Steps:
Collaborative Learning for Experienced Certified Peer Specialists
For a flyer click here

May 18-22, 2015
Seattle, WA
In conjunction with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)
National Conference (on May 20 and 21)

August 15-19, 2015
San Antonio, TX
Immediately prior to the iNAPS National Conference (on August 20 and 21)

September 28-October 2, 2015
Chicago, IL
In conjunction with the DBSA National Conference (on September 26-27)

Are you an experienced peer specialist looking for ways to connect and share best practices with others at your level of experience? Are you looking for a curriculum you can bring back to share with staff and other peer specialists in your organization? Could you benefit from achieving a facilitator certificate that allows you to share a unique peer training with others? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes,’ you might consider staying a few extra days after the National Conference to experience this transformational training. Space is limited to 20.

Next Steps Peer Specialist Continuing Education and Facilitator Training. Keep checking back at www.DBSAlliance.org/Training for further updates!

Learn how you can seek outside funding support for training participation.


Click here for a list of  2015 NATIONAL CONVENTIONS


International Association of Peer Supporters Annual Conference

August 20 and 21, 2015

State of Texas

San Antonio, TX

The 9th Annual National Peer Support Conference has been set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 20 & 21 in San Antonio, TX. The event will be held at the Sheraton Gunter San Antonio Hotel, a very short walk to the famous Riverwalk and a short ride to the Alamo.

The conference will feature keynotes by nationally known presenters as well as workshops that address important peer support issues. This year’s conference will focus on advocacy and poverty—two important issues for peer supporters and those they support. Come prepared to learn new skills and information that will help you be the best peer supporter you can be!

Visit the 2015 National Conference page on this website for the Call for Workshop Presentations and Registration information. 

The DBSA National Conference: From “I to We” Campaign and Tour

DBSA campaign 2015

A Very Special Mental Wellness Conference!

September 26-27, 2015

 2015 marks DBSA’s 30th Anniversary of providing hope, help, support and education! In celebration, DBSA is hosting a very special national conference and leadership forum weekend this September 26 – 27. The “I to We” Weekend will offer a day of educational programming for peers, parents, families, friends, and the public as well as a day of in-depth training and networking opportunities for community leaders—chapter participants, parent network members, young adults, advocates, and peer specialists. The entire weekend will be punctuated by celebrations of the significant contributions of people living with mood disorders as well as the individuals who were instrumental in the formation and continued growth of DBSA and our ability to deliver on our mission to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders for the past 30 years.

Click to view a video about this campaign:


Click here for a list of  2015 NATIONAL CONVENTIONS