Continuing Education and other Trainings
What is a CEU? How many CEUs do I need?
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 and others in their daily work. You will need 20 CEUs for a 24mth (2 year) period for Texas Certifications.
The Practice of Peer Leadership: An Introduction. This three-hour training was designed for Peers to explore what leadership is, build on the strengths and skills of lived experience, and discover ways to step into their personal power in order to begin to fully embody leadership. The training also introduces some basic leadership practices that will support Peers in making an impact in their work.
This training is appropriate for anyone who identifies as having lived experience with mental health, substance use, trauma and other hardships and would like to use their lived experience as a foundation for leadership. 3 CEU’s
Peer Practice: Telling Our Stories. This is a one-day, virtual training that offers Peer Specialists an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the impact and power of sharing recovery stories, ensure that they are aligned with Peer Values in sharing their story, further develop their own recovery story, practice sharing their story in the context of individual work, and to refine their practice of utilizing snippets with individuals and in group settings. 6 CEUs
Community Reentry. This 2 day 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. 14 CEUs
Co-Occurring Challenges. This training is designed for both Mental Health 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
Peer Specialist Whole Health & Resiliency. This 2 day training offers a foundation in Whole Health concepts and planning tools for Certified Peer Specialists to use as part of their daily work. 14 CEUs
Texas Trauma-Informed Peer Support. This 2 day 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. 14 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
Healing Centered Peer Support (Trauma Responsive). This is a three-day training, which provides participants with a foundation for understanding what trauma is, how trauma impacts people and communities, what healing looks like, and how peers can use these concepts and their own lived experience to best support people who are navigating trauma and/or exploring healing. Throughout the training, participants will have opportunities to explore and define their own story of trauma and healing through various activities and structured reflection. 19 CEUs
YAYAPS. Youth and Young Adult Peer Support is a 3‐day interactive training designed for Peer Specialists who already have experience in the field. The purpose of this training is to gain new skills and experiences to better support youth and young adults as peer specialists. 19.5 CEUs (14.5 and 5 Ethics)
WRAP® Support Group. Via Hope is excited to offer the 8 session WRAP Support Group model of this work. During the 8 group sessions participants can expect skills developed through lectures, discussions, and individual exercises. Key WRAP® concepts and values are illustrated through examples from the lives of the co-facilitators and participants. 2-credits per day.
WRAP® Reentry Support Group. Via Hope is excited to offer the 8 session WRAP® Reentry Support Group model of this work. During the 8 group sessions participants can expect skills developed through lectures, discussions, and individual exercises with an emphasis on the Reentry population. Key WRAP® concepts and values are illustrated through examples from the lives of the co-facilitators and participants. 2-credits per day..
Peer Specialist Supervisor Certification Training. This 2-day training meets the requirements for people seeking the Peer Specialist Supervisor Certification under Texas Administrative Code, Rules 354.3105 and 354.3163. The certification qualification is necessary for organizations planning to bill Medicaid using the newly established Peer Services billing code. This workshop provides basic information that will benefit anyone providing direct supervision to Peer Specialists.
WRAP Facilitator Training. This training is appropriate for anyone who would like to lead WRAP groups, work with others to develop their own WRAP and give presentations on mental health recovery related issues to groups or organizations. Attendees are expected to have a solid working knowledge of WRAP and share their experiential knowledge of how WRAP can work. The WRAP Facilitator training provides an experiential learning environment based on mutuality. Participants in this training will be asked to participate in interactive learning activities and demonstrate their own experience with WRAP.