Responses to National Peer Specialist Credential

Mental Health America, in partnership with The Florida Certification Board, recently launched a National Peer Specialist Credential with mixed reviews from the peer community. Click here to learn more about the credential.

Contrary to earlier reports by MHA (which have since been retracted), the International Association of Peer Supports does not approve or endorse this or any other national credential. 

In a recent Mad In America blog, Sera Davidow give her opinion about why a National Certification is a bad idea… Click here to view the blog….






Excerpt: “MHA’s national certification is actually offered through the Florida Certification Board and not MHA. It’s just a free-floating test, but somehow transforms the test-taker into someone with “enhanced training” (even though they’ve likely only taken the same sort of training that all other CPSs have taken). It’s kind of costly (both in the short and long-term), but it will likely lead to a higher paying job (that may or may not resemble an actual peer role). Some day. Somehow. Maybe.”

Add your own comments about this or other efforts toward establishing a National Peer Specialist Credential or any other topic related to peer support training and certification.

One thought on “Responses to National Peer Specialist Credential

  1. As an organization with members and subscribers in every state in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, I believe it is important for the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) and other national and international organizations to have the cultural humility to recognize the right of each location (city, county, state or country) to determine the qualifications needed for all health care workers, not just peer specialists. This includes training and certification required to meet those qualifications according to each state’s or country’s laws and regulations.

    The United Nations was not formed to create a single, all powerful nation. However, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights inspires member nations to live up to a higher standard and take action as needed to ensure the rights of citizens are respected and protected. The Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters, is a similar declaration of the core values of peer support with a series of positive statements about what peer support looks like in practice (rather than prohibitive statements about what peer supporters shall not do). With a 98% approval rating, these guidelines call us all to live up to a higher standard and take action as needed, including reform of programs in which the values of peer support are not being respected and protected.

    Rather than attempt to create a single, all powerful national or international certification or credentialing process, which lacks the local wisdom of the towns, cities, counties, states, or countries in each of the settings in which peer support is being practiced, the Practice Guidelines simply inspire us all to live up to a higher standard, one in which 1000 peer supporters in an inclusive process agreed are core values and principles of peer support.

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