Changing the way we all think about behavioral health.

Upcoming Trainings Calendar

Core Training (eLearning)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 10:00 CST AM - 4:00 CST PM

The Core training is a 6-7 hour, facilitated and interactive webinar.  This training is a pre-requisite to the Mental Health Peer Specialist and Recovery Support Peer Specialist trainings. Complete Orientation …

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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



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.



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



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



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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