If you’re looking for peer support provider training, iNAPS encourages you to contact recognized, respected, and proven training organizations (such as those listed below). While iNAPS does not endorse any one peer support provider training organization, we strongly urge peer supporters or those interested in becoming peer supporters to obtain training from a reputable organization. Many of the organizations listed below also offer advanced level, refresher, and continuing education for peer support providers.
Peer Support Training Providers
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Disclaimer: iNAPS does not approve or endorse any training or credentialing program over any other at this time.
Appalachian Consulting Group (ACG)
The Appalachian Consulting Group trains and consults in health and behavioral health to promote a national workforce of peer specialists who call forth the potential within each individual to self-manage a healthy life with meaning and purpose.
Georgia’s Division of Mental Health pioneered Medicaid-billable peer support services in 1999 in partnership with ACG and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN). Many certified peer specialist training programs have been based on this groundbreaking work.
Consumers as Providers Training Program (CAP) University of Kansas
University of Kansas | Beth Oswald, Coordinator email@example.com
CAP is a Kansas Certified Peer Specialist Training Program that consists of 18 weeks classroom instruction and Educational Support Group. The CAP Training partners with mental health agencies across the state of Kansas, Kansas universities and community colleges and social service and mental health agencies. Students do not receive college credit for the course and are not guaranteed a job upon completion of the course, however; research conducted with the program demonstrates that over half of the students who complete the course find employment and a third of graduates continue their education following the class.
1545 Lilac Lane Lawrence, KS 66044
(877) 458-6804 (USA toll-free)
Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery (WRAP Certification)
The Copeland Center transforms lives by promoting wellness, recovery, and peer support through training, technical assistance, and advocacy. We are the international leaders of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan® and other works developed by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland. WRAP is the foundation for many peer specialist and peer support training certification programs.
Copeland Center Website: http://copelandcenter.com
WRAP Website: http://wrapandrecoverybooks.com/recovery-resources/
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
DBSA promotes wellness and recovery through engaging and high-quality training and consultation services. These services are delivered from the perspective of people with lived experiences in recovery, and in partnership with those who seek to support us. (DBSA currently offers VA-approved peer specialist training.)
eCPR certification provides a thoughtful discussion of the values and the primary components of eCPR: C = Connection, P = emPowering, and R = Revitalizing.
For more information: www.emotional-cpr.org
For a description of the program: www.madinamerica.com/2013/02/emotional-cpr-as-a-way-of-life/
Institute for Recovery and Community Integration
The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration works to introduce and advance communities’ understanding of recovery and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner.
Net Institute (Online)
Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies
Net Institute provides a sound educational curriculum that is holistic and emphasizes the capability of an individual to recover from addiction and other life controlling problems. In this sense our approach is strength based, building on the unique capabilities of the client, the counselor and the recovery coach to promote increased wellness. NTI integrates spiritual truths, a faith perspective and clinical approaches to encourage a bio/ psycho/ social/ spiritual approach to recovery. Our courses provide training to increase personal effectiveness in a variety of settings, as well as job/career training for those seeking job placement and professional advancement.
People who work in addiction and recovery support services are on the front lines of human problems and pain. Therefore NET coursework is designed to support students personally in a way that promotes their continued recovery and personal growth as they learn the knowledge, attitudes and skills for helping others.
Peer Training, (Aurora, Colorado)
Peer Zone, (Australia, New Zealand, Canada… and growing)
PeerZone is a series of three hour peer led workshops in mental health and addiction where people explore recovery and whole of life wellbeing.
We’ve developed twenty workshops within five themes:
- Understanding ourselves
- Empowering ourselves
- Working on our wellbeing
- Connecting to the world
- Exploring our unique identities
PeerZone works on three levels for participants:
- It invites them to rebuild a more positive story of their lives.
- It offers tools for whole of life wellbeing.
- It creates a community of mutual support.
PeerZone works on three levels for services:
- It’s a service innovation for organisations that invest in it.
- It’s a practice tool and support structure for workers with lived experience who facilitate it.
- It’s a personal development opportunity for service users who participate in it.
Recovery Innovations (Recovery Opportunity Center)
Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Washington, Delaware, and New Zealand
Our mission is to create opportunities and environments that empower people to recover, to succeed in accomplishing their goals, and to reconnect to themselves, others, and meaning and purpose in life.
Click here to learn more about the Advanced Peer Specialist Training (Online)
602-636-4444 | 866-481-5362 (toll free) Website: http://www.recoveryinnovations.org
Recovery to Practice
A 32-hour blended continuing education experience designed for experience peer support providers (with a minimum of one year of work or volunteer experience). The training was developed by iNAPS in partnership with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) under the SAMHSA-funded Recovery to Practice project.
To learn more about Recovery to Practice visit:
Recovery University (Connecticut)
Recovery University is a 60-hour advanced training and certification program funded in part by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for persons in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders. It is the only state authorized program to certify individuals as meeting the requirements of Certification for Recovery Support Specialist. Upon successful completion of the course and the certification exam, graduates will be state certified as Recovery Support Specialists, Peer Delivered Services.
The National Council – Training Trauma-Informed Peers
More than 90% of persons serviced by behavioral health organizations have a history of trauma, which can affect their ability to form relationships, keep a job, or live in stable housing. We can’t offer effective healthcare and improve outcomes unless we factor in trauma’s impact. By addressing trauma, organizations improve the quality and impact of behavioral health services, increasing safety for all, reduce no-shows, enhance client engagement, and avoid staff burnout and turnover.
The consumer voice plays an influential role in decision-making throughout most behavioral healthcare organizations – whether it is through committees, task forces, work groups, panels, councils, or advisory and agency boards. Peer support specialists are poised to support the voice, choice, and advocacy of those individuals, as well as to develop safe and healing relationships with people who have experienced trauma. In fact, these specialists are a new, integral part of most progressive organizations, and they consistently ask for additional training — especially around trauma because of their ability to build a bridge between those receiving services and those providing services.
The National Council now has a two-day training for up to 30 peers on trauma’s impact across the lifespan. Click the link below to learn more about this new and effective training.
Sponsored by http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org
The Transformation Center (Massachusetts)
The Transformation Center’s role is to “water the roots” of the movement and to join efforts with all who forward the goal of compassionate communities that value people. Our source of expertise is innovation driven by those who are impacted with suffering and discrimination. Our logo is inspired by the widely known allegory on collaboration “Lessons from the Geese” (unknown origin) which inspires a world where people are as wise as geese, where leadership is shared, and where we all stay focused on Vision and Mission with “eyes on the prize.”
To learn more about the Transformation Center, visit: http://www.transformation-center.org/training/cps/index.shtml
Training Providers recommended through selected state certification programs:
Disclaimer: Each state has different certification requirements. Training vendors approved in one state may not be approved in all states. Be sure to check with your state certification authority prior to contracting for a peer specialist certification training.
North Carolina Approved Training Organizations:
Arizona Training Organization (approved for portions of Arizona):
Wisconsin Peer Employment Initiative Recognized Peer Resources and Training
To have your training program listed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org