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.
Peer Practice: Diversity & Inclusion. This is a one-day, virtual training that offers Peer Specialists an opportunity to understand the importance of diversity, explore how biases – organizational and individual – can create barriers for individuals seeking services, and to build skills around inclusion practice for one on one work and support groups. Finally, the training also invites discussion around diversity in recovery and how Peer Specialists can work to ensure that recovery is a space where everyone can find a sense of belonging.
The training is comprised of five modules that encompass knowledge, reflection and interactive activities. The activities are designed to cultivate self-awareness, engage in meaningful dialogue and to practice new skills. This training is designed for Peer Specialists who are working in the field of Peer Support. 5.5 CEUs
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 CEUs
Peer Practice: Telling Our Stories.
Peer Practice: Telling Our Stories 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.
Peer Practice: Telling Our Stories was developed for Peer Specialists who have been certified in states that offer certification, and working for a minimum of six months.
The training is comprised of seven modules that are largely experiential, with several activities. The activities are a combination of reflection and journaling, to focus on renewing the Peer Specialists’ current recovery story, and partner work to practice sharing and receive feedback. Participants work with the same partner throughout the day, to create an experience similar to working with those they serve. 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. 13 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.
A report issued in 2007 by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) stated that individuals served by public mental health services live an average of 25 years less than the general population.
In Texas, this disparity is 29 years. This 2 day PSWHR training teaches Certified Peer Specialists the relationship between physical and mental health and the importance of treating the whole person, not just their mental health. Peer specialists learn how to help consumers to set and achieve health goals and how to help them build resiliency by practicing the “relaxation response,” an easy to learn exercise that help individuals effectively deal with stress. 12 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. This training was developed 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). Examples are Mental Health Peer Specialists, Certified Family Partners, Recovery Support Specialists, Reentry Peer Specialists and peers working in other fields where group support is utilized. This training uses healing-centered group facilitation techniques and aims to help people build and refine their skills as a facilitator through reflection, practice, and relationship-building.
This three-day training provides participants with information and opportunity to practice around the core components of effective group facilitation: preparation, facilitation, and debriefing/feedback. Throughout the training, many of the activities used to build concrete knowledge and skills are also tools that facilitators can use in their own groups.
The curriculum is designed to be highly interactive. Activities include individual and small group exercises, discussions, and objective knowledge, attitude, and skills building. 12 CEUs
Healing Centered Peer Support (Trauma Responsive). This is a 3-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. (Youth and Young Adult Peer Support) is designed to build upon concepts and techniques already learned in prior peer support training. This training is meant for those who have already been trained in providing peer support, and who may already be, or would like to work with youth and/or young adults. Participants will explore topics such as resistance with youth and young adults, youth specific programs and peer support history, ethics, connecting across experiences that we may not share with the person we are supporting, and more. 19.5 CEUs (14.5 and 5 Ethics)
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.