Mental Health Peer Support Specialist Training - Oregon Health Authority Approved
Northwest Family Services will be offering Mental Health Peer Support Specialist Training in English in April 2018.
Oregon Health Authority Approved
This course consists of 40 hours of course material, and is designed to prepare participants as Mental Health Peer Support Specialists (PSS) and serve as a building block to a peer oriented career. The training will include group discussions, group activities, role playing, and some independent work assignments. Passing the final written exam, and the group presentation is required to successfully complete the training. In order to be inclusive of all peers of different backgrounds, learning styles and needs, Popular Education methodologies will be utilized. It is a collective effort between the facilitators and the learners. Facilitators or “teachers” and the learners are not two different groups, rather everyone learns and teachers through this process.
Peer Support Specialist (PSS)
Peer Support Specialist are individuals who currently or have formerly received mental health services, or had addictions or have a family member who have currently or formerly received mental health services or have addictions. They are individuals living in recovery or have a family member in recovery. Their life experiences allow them to provide recovery support in such a way that can be beneficial to others.
Ideal candidates have an experiential, personal understanding of mental-health recovery or addictions and a desire to help others.
The Certified Mental Health PSS Training includes topics such as:
- Trauma Informed Care
- Crisis Identification & Problem Solving
- Ethical & Legal Responsibilities
- Empowerment Techniques & Advocacy Skills
- Community Engagement
- Communication Skills
- Knowledge of Community Resources
- Professional Conduct
- Recovery, Resilience and Wellness
Individuals interested in participating in the training must complete the application and notification of approval will be sent to the applicant.
This training is an approved training through the Oregon Health Authority, and can be used to apply for certification as a PSS through the Traditional Health Worker Full Certification Application.