Upcoming Opportunity: Peer Specialist Training
Peer Specialist Training

At MHA, we know that peer support can be an invaluable tool for recovery. Through our Peer Specialist Training program, we offer a path toward employment for people with lived experience of mental health conditions. 

Course Overview: Facilitated fully online over three cycles per year, the MHA training provides knowledge about the recovery process and teaches peer support, engagement, and reflective listening skills. As they learn to master the "how-to" aspects of peer support, participants will engage in a variety of activities, including role playing exercises, handouts, homework assignments and facilitated discussion. 

Goals: Participants will gain foundational skills to provide peer support in both traditional and peer-run behavioral health settings. The MHA Peer Specialist Training prepares individuals to take necessary exams for New York certifications. Following the training and workplace experience, participants are encouraged to pursue the New York State Peer Specialists and New York State Certified Recovery Peer Advocates certifications. Our computer lab provides access to the online courses required for credentialing.

Course topics include:

  • Principles of recovery
  • Self-care
  • Motivational interviewing
  • WRAP planning
  • Working within a human services agency

In addition to classroom training, MHA helps arrange a required 100-hour supervised workplace experience placement.

The spring 2023 class cycle will meet online from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from January 9th through April 7th. Application and ALL supplemental materials are due no later than Thursday, December 15, 2022. Interviews will take place online during December, so you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible before the class reaches full capacity. All Applicants will be notified by December 23rd.

Eligibility requirements
Applicants must:

  • be 18 years or older, have a mental health diagnosis, and possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • intend to complete OR have completed some or all of the Academy of Peer Services core courses.
  • commit to availability for Fall 2022 class meeting times/dates
  • have access to a PC, laptop or tablet with stable internet access

Click HERE for link to application.

For any questions or for more information, please contact Gail Perry-Ryder, Coordinator of Peer Training at perryg@mhawestchester.org or 845-874-0193