Peer Services Implementation
Via Hope held its first Peer Specialist Certification Training and launched the Peer Specialist Learning Community in 2010. Today, over a thousand people have been trained as peer specialists and there has been a veritable explosion in the growth of peer support positions in the Texas behavioral health system. As the value of peer support has become recognized, reliable consultative support for the implementation of effective peer services is essential.
To support effective implementation of peer services across Texas, Via Hope offers webinars, public workshops, individualized training and technical assistance to organizations upon request, and learning community programs that provide intensive support to a cohort of individuals or organizational teams over six months or more.
Demystifying the Peer Workforce: Ethical Considerations for Non-Peer Professionals
Demystifying the Peer Workforce is a 2-day workshop offered by Via Hope as a component of the Recovery Institute’s Peer Services Implementation (PSI) Initiative. The workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the role of Mental Health Peer Specialists, the value they add to the organizations where they work, and common challenges experienced when implementing peer support services in traditional behavioral health provider settings. Participants will come away with a greater appreciation of how peer support services and clinical services can complement one another and an awareness of how to effectively promote peer support services within their organization. The target audience for this interactive workshop is administrators, supervisors, and clinical staff that want to enhance collaboration across roles to effectively promote recovery within mental health service settings.
Public offerings of this workshop occur routinely and provide the opportunity for individuals or small groups to learn how peer services can best be used at their agencies. This workshop is also available for specific organizations who wish to dive a little deeper by hosting Via Hope on site. Contact us to find out about pricing and available funding to support on-site training that’s customized to the needs of your team.
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.
This interactive training is comprised of didactic content, video presentations from a variety of subject matter experts, participatory exercises, and workplace scenarios. Modules are focused on the following topics: Peer Foundation, Supervisor Foundation, Non-Peer Specialists Supervising Peers, Group Supervision, and Supervision Scenarios. To find out about upcoming public Supervisor trainings, see our Calendar page.
Upon completion of the training, and passing of an online knowledge assessment, participants will be required to apply directly to Texas Certification Board for credentialing (click here and scroll down to Peer Specialist Supervisor – PSS) or Wales Education Services (click here).
To find out more information on how Via Hope can support you and your organization, contact us.