Upcoming Training Events

NEXT STEPS PEER SPECIALIST TRAINING_dbsa2NextSteps Collaborative Learning for Experienced Certified Peer Specialists

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.  For a flyer click here

Upcoming Public Recovery to Practice Next Step Training Events
(Private events can be contracted directly with DBSA)

  • September 28–October 1, 2015—Itasca, Illinois
    Following DBSA’s “I to We” 30th DBSA Anniversary Weekend
    Fee: $695.00
    Training space is limited.
  • Click here to learn more
  • Apply online
    Application deadline is Sept. 9.

For more information or to register, send email to training@dbsalliance.org.


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