Peer Support Specialist Training
Would you like to make a difference in other people’s lives?
Would you like to use your life experience with mental illness or substance abuse disorder to share hope with others in their own recovery?
If you answered Yes, then Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST) with PSA may be your next step towards a meaningful and rewarding career as a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)!
WHAT IS THE PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST TRAINING PROGRAM AT PSA?
PSA Behavioral Health Agency offers a comprehensive 48-60 hour training program for participants to become certified with the State of Arizona as Certified Peer Support Specialists. CPSS's provide strength, hope and recovery support services to participants with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. We strengthen the learning experience such that our small training groups of participants from diverse backgrounds feel supported and positive about their learning experience.
View the Training Outline to learn more.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
- Participants must be enrolled in one of PSA's programs at this time with AHCCCS.
- Participants must be someone who has received mental health services for a serious mental illness (SMI) and/or substance abuse disorder.
- Participants must have a GED or higher level of education.
- Participants must have maintained a job or volunteer position for 12 months OR earned 24 post secondary credits in a behavioral health field within the past three years.
- Participants, as peers, must self-disclose and be ready to share their own mental health and/or substance abuse journey with class and peers.
- Participants need to have a good sense in self awareness and be strong in their recovery and know how to use coping skills and other recovery tools to maintain their recovery.
HOW TO APPLY?
Information is updated frequently on this website for new PSST - CPSS classes. Classes are offered in Phoenix. For more information, including application form and flyers for our locations, see the links to the right.
The PSST program is overseen by Charlotte Webb, Chief Recovery Officer. Bring completed application to B103, Recovery Services Department, or email to Charlotte Webb, Chief Recovery Officer at Charlotte.Webb@ azpsa.org.