Upcoming Training Events

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


DBSA Peer Specialist Core 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.

Next DBSA core training course:
July 28–August 1, 2014
San Diego, California
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Application deadline is July 3.

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


Next Steps:
Collaborative Learning for Experienced Certified Peer Specialists
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October 15–19, 2014
Decatur, GA
Immediately following the iNAPS Conference in Atlanta

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 updates!

Other Upcoming DBSA Training Events


Chapter Leadership Forum

Kean University (Union, New Jersey)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Click here for more on DBSA’s 2014 Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF): From Surviving to Thriving!


 DBSA Veteran Peer Specialist Training

(meets VA requirements for peer support staff). 

Visit the DBSA Veteran Peer Specialist page for application information and the latest details on upcoming training events. Next Dates:

September 15–20, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA

December 2014 – Chicago, IL


DBSA Core Peer Specialist Training

September 29–October 3, 2014
Chicago, IL

November 2014
Charleston, WV

For more information on these and other upcoming DBSA Training Events, visit:

Peer Specialist Core Training http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_training_peer_specialist_core


Peer Specialist Continuing Education http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_training_peer_specialist_advanced