Mental Health Peer Specialist Continuing Education and Trainings
Like all professions, Mental Health 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 Mental Health Peer Specialists, Via Hope provides many opportunities for quality continuing education!
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 Mental Health 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).
How can I receive CEUs specifically for peer specialists?
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).
What is a Via Hope Endorsement training?
Via Hope offers a number of different continuing education trainings, or Endorsements, for 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 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
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
Healing-Centered Peer Support. This training 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. 19 CEUs.
Qualified Peer Specialist Supervisors (QPSS) training. This 1-day training meets the requirements for people seeking the Qualified Peer Specialist Supervisor (QPSS) Certification under Texas Administrative Code, Rules 354.3105 and 354.3163. The QPSS 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.
I’m not a Mental Health Peer Specialist. Can I still take your Endorsement trainings?
Maybe! While most of our Endorsement trainings are specifically developed for Mental 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 Mental Health Peer Specialist 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.