Via Hope envisions a world where lived experience is valued within systems and communities.

Upcoming Trainings Calendar

Mental Health Peer Specialist Training

Monday, May 20, 2024, 9:00 CDT AM - 5:00 CDT PM

Mental Health Peer Specialist training is a five-day, 40-hour training designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become certified as a Mental Health Peer Support Specialist […]

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ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

A Focus on Engagement & Local Solutions

Recovery Institute initiatives are designed to support the implementation of new practices, shift organizational culture, promote innovation, and increase collaboration within and among teams, preparing agencies to meet the challenges and opportunities arising in our rapidly changing environment.

Working as a Team To Make A Difference

How Peer Specialists Fit Into
The Healing and Recovery Model

Peer support specialists are people who have lived experience with a mental health or substance use disorder and are in recovery. Peer support services are designed and delivered by formally trained peer support specialists to promote recovery and resiliency in individuals seeking to begin or supplement their own recovery. Peer support services are offered in a variety of settings, from recovery centers and hospitals to homeless shelters and criminal justice settings. Learn more about the role peer support specialists play in recovery here.

How It’s Going

What Individuals and Organizations Say About Their Via Hope Training Experience

What it Takes

The Path to Becoming a Certified Peer Specialist

STEP

1

Review the online orientation materials and complete the self-assessment. This will enable you to apply for training on the Core training to become a Peer Specialist.

STEP

2

Apply and take the Core training. Complete the application and submit it with payment by credit card.

STEP

3

Apply for Supplemental Training. Via Hope offers the Mental Health Peer Specialist Training.

STEP

4

Apply for certification with (TCB) Texas Certification Board: Refer to TCB’s website for all information on how to apply for certification.

Since Day 1

Via Hope: Peer Specialist Training Leaders in Texas and Nationwide

Via Hope has been committed to the mission of changing the way we think about mental and behavioral health since 2010, when we created our first training program for Certified Peer Specialists. We trace our roots to the 2003 final report of the President’s New Freedom Commission Achieving the Promise, which called for fundamentally transforming the nation’s mental health system to a consumer, family, and youth-driven Recovery Model. We continue to provide training and consultation for people in recovery, their family members, youth, and mental health professionals to help make Texas’ mental health system become focused on recovery and resilience.

To learn more about our mission and work, visit our decade report.

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4 days ago

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Via Hope facilitated a wellness event for library staff, patrons and peer specialists participating in the Libraries for Health (L4H) initiative. Through L4H, peer specialists are trained and placed in public libraries where they can offer support to communities that might otherwise have limited access to mental health services.

During this event, participants developed their own personalized wellness and recovery system (Wellness Recovery Action Plan®), designed to help people manage intrusive or troubling thoughts and behaviors, increase personal empowerment, improve quality of life, and achieve personal goals.

Huge thanks to our hosts at Buda Public Library and to our partners, St. David's Foundation and RAND, for supporting the L4H initiative! Learn more at viahope.org.

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Via Hope facilitated a wellness event for library staff, patrons and peer specialists participating in the Libraries for Health (L4H) initiative. Through L4H, peer specialists are trained and placed in public libraries where they can offer support to communities that might otherwise have limited access to mental health services.

During this event, participants developed their own personalized wellness and recovery system (Wellness Recovery Action Plan®), designed to help people manage intrusive or troubling thoughts and behaviors, increase personal empowerment, improve quality of life, and achieve personal goals.

Huge thanks to our hosts at Buda Public Library and to our partners, St. Davids Foundation and RAND, for supporting the L4H initiative! Learn more at viahope.org.

#mentalhealthawarenessmonth #recovery #peersupportImage attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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The dream team!!!

5 days ago

Via Hope promotes wellness & recovery through peer support training, workforce development & organizational change work. This June, we're offering the following online trainings.
Visit viahope.org/events for more info or to find other upcoming training events.

⭐ Peer Specialist Core Training (June 4th-6th)
📆 Apply by May 28th

⭐ Addressing Secondary Trauma (June 11th)
📆 Register by June 3rd

⭐ Community Connections (June 12th)
📆 Register by morning-of

⭐ MHPS Certification Training (June 24th-28th)
📆 Apply by June 10th

#peersupport #peerspecialist #mentalhealthrecovery #vicarioustrauma
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Via Hope promotes wellness & recovery through peer support training, workforce development & organizational change work. This June, were offering the following online trainings. 
Visit viahope.org/events for more info or to find other upcoming training events.

⭐ Peer Specialist Core Training (June 4th-6th)
📆 Apply by May 28th

⭐ Addressing Secondary Trauma (June 11th)
📆 Register by June 3rd

⭐ Community Connections (June 12th)
📆 Register by morning-of

⭐ MHPS Certification Training (June 24th-28th)
📆 Apply by June 10th

#peersupport #peerspecialist #mentalhealthrecovery #vicarioustraumaImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

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Hi Ive been calling the number and cant get a hold of any one. Its very important I speak with someone asap

1 week ago

This week, Via Hope facilitated our first international training to an audience of 22 individuals who will supervise Reentry Peer Specialists in Uruguay. The workshop, titled “Uruguay Reentry Peer Specialist Oversight,” provided guidance on formalized peer support and the Reentry Peer Specialist role, in which formerly incarcerated individuals help each other through the recovery process. This training is part of a broader initiative by the U.S. Embassy to change the stigma around incarceration and achieve more equitable outcomes for system-impacted individuals.

We’re proud to provide training and expertise that inspires evidence-based, recovery-oriented programming across the globe!

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Esta semana, Via Hope facilitó nuestra primera capacitación internacional para una audiencia de 22 individuos que supervisarán referentes pares en reinserción en Uruguay. El taller, titulado "Supervisión del referente par en reinserción en Uruguay", proporcionó una orientación sobre el apoyo a pares en salud mental formalizado y el rol del referente par en reinserción, en el cual individuos anteriormente encarcelados se ayudan mutuamente en el proceso de recuperación. Esta capacitación es parte de una iniciativa más amplia de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Uruguay para cambiar el estigma en torno a la encarcelación y lograr resultados más equitativos para individuos afectados por el sistema.

¡Estamos orgullosos de proporcionar capacitación y conocimiento que inspire programación basada en evidencia y orientada a la recuperación en todo el mundo!

#reentry #recovery #peersupportspecialist #peersupport
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This week, Via Hope facilitated our first international training to an audience of 22 individuals who will supervise Reentry Peer Specialists in Uruguay. The workshop, titled “Uruguay Reentry Peer Specialist Oversight,” provided guidance on formalized peer support and the Reentry Peer Specialist role, in which formerly incarcerated individuals help each other through the recovery process. This training is part of a broader initiative by the U.S. Embassy to change the stigma around incarceration and achieve more equitable outcomes for system-impacted individuals.

We’re proud to provide training and expertise that inspires evidence-based, recovery-oriented programming across the globe!

🇺🇾🇺🇾🇺🇾

Esta semana, Via Hope facilitó nuestra primera capacitación internacional para una audiencia de 22 individuos que supervisarán referentes pares en reinserción en Uruguay. El taller, titulado Supervisión del referente par en reinserción en Uruguay, proporcionó una orientación sobre el apoyo a pares en salud mental formalizado y el rol del referente par en reinserción, en el cual individuos anteriormente encarcelados se ayudan mutuamente en el proceso de recuperación. Esta capacitación es parte de una iniciativa más amplia de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Uruguay para cambiar el estigma en torno a la encarcelación y lograr resultados más equitativos para individuos afectados por el sistema.

¡Estamos orgullosos de proporcionar capacitación y conocimiento que inspire programación basada en evidencia y orientada a la recuperación en todo el mundo!

 #reentry #recovery #peersupportspecialist #peersupportImage attachment
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