Continuing Education and other 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
Advanced Intentional Peer Support. 3-day Advanced Training to take IPS practice a step further, play out the principles and tasks using real-life scenarios, heighten self-reflection, enhance ways of building mutual connections, and sustain the practice. The Advanced Training is for anyone who has completed the initial Intentional Peer Support and is interested in going further with IPS. 24 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
Trauma Responsive – Healing Centered. 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.
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.
Peer Specialist Supervisor 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.
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.