Certified Peer Specialist Continuing Education
Like all professions, Certified Peer Specialists benefit from learning new information after their initial certification training to best support themselves and the people they work with. Because we are committed to serving Certified Peer Specialists, Via Hope provides many opportunities for quality continuing education for CPSs!
What is a CEU? How many CEUs do I need? How long do I have to receive them?
A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a unit of credit equal to one hour of participation time in an approved training event that provides knowledge or skills to support a peer specialist in their daily work.
A Via Hope Peer Specialist Certification is valid for a period of twenty-four months (two years) from the date the certification is issued. During that period, a peer specialist is required to acquire a minimum of twenty (20) Continuing Education Units (CEUs). In other words, a Certified Peer Specialist has 2 years from their certification date to receive 20 CEUs.
How can I receive CEUs specifically for peer specialists?
Certified Peer Specialists can receive CEUs by attending a number of different approved events for peer specialists. These approved events may take the form of conferences, webinars, classroom style training, or Via Hope continuing education trainings (called Endorsements). In fact, Certified Peer Specialists must attend at least one Via Hope-sponsored Endorsement training per certification period.
What is a Via Hope Endorsement training?
Via Hope offers a number of different continuing education trainings, or Endorsements, for Certified Peer Specialists throughout the year. Here are some of our basic offerings:
Community Reentry. This training provides a grounding in the knowledge, skills and tools needed by a Certified Peer Specialist to effectively support a peer’s transition from a community of confinement and incarceration to a community of choice. 16 CEUs
Co-Occurring Challenges. This training is designed for both Certified Peer Specialists and Peer Recovery Support Specialists to give an overview of how to provide peer support to people experiencing substance use and mental health challenges. 14 CEUs
Intentional Peer Support. This training teaches participants about the tasks and principles of Intentional Peer Support and ways to create mutually supportive relationships. This training is facilitated by the national trainers with Intentional Peer Support. 37.5 CEUs
Peer Specialist Whole Health & Resiliency. This training offers a foundation in Whole Health concepts and planning tools for Certified Peer Specialists to use as part of their daily work. 8.5 CEUs
RTP Next Steps. This is a highly interactive training designed for advanced peer specialists to gain new skills and experiences, learn with and from each other, and come to a common understanding of recovery through some of the current best practices in peer support. 32 CEUs
Trauma-Informed Peer Support. This training is designed to educate peer specialists on the impact of trauma across the lifespan and to support those they are working with to address trauma in an intentional and informed manner. 20.75 CEUs
Group Facilitation. A Peer-Based Approach for anyone who currently facilitates peer-led groups or those who would like to facilitate peer-led groups (i.e. groups where the facilitator has shared lived experience with the group members). 13.5 CEUs
Other Continuing Education Opportunities
Via Hope maintains a list of training events that are pre-approved for CEUs. The current list may be requested by sending an email to email@example.com. Prior approval is not required to obtain credit for events on the pre-approved list.
I’m not a Certified Peer Specialist. Can I still take your Endorsement trainings?
Maybe! While most of our Endorsement trainings are specifically developed for Certified Peer Specialists working with people who are experiencing mental health challenges, many of our trainings are also open to Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSSs) who work in the substance use field. Finally, we occasionally have trainings that are open to people who have lived experience of mental health challenges themselves but who are neither Certified Peer Specialists or Peer Recovery Support Specialists. To find out what Via Hope trainings you may be eligible to attend, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (512) 953-8160.