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Contrary to earlier reports by MHA (which have since been retracted), the International Association of Peer Supports does not approve or endorse this or any other national credential.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