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Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) Training-eLearning

Mental Health Peer Specialist Training

Next Training: March 25-29, 2024 | 9am-5pm CST
(online, interactive training)
Application will open at 9am on February 16 and close at 5pm on March 11.
Applications will be considered complete upon receipt of payment.

Mental Health Peer Specialist training is a five-day, 40-hour training designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become certified as a Mental Health Peer Support Specialist in Texas. This training was developed for individuals who have lived experience of mental health challenges, and who wish to to use their experience to positively impact individuals, communities, and systems.

The Core training must be completed before you apply to the 5-day training.

Training Eligibility Requirements

  • Individuals must be age 18 or older.
  • Individuals must be a high school graduate or have completed a G.E.D. You will be required to provide proof of education at the time you apply to the Texas Certification Board for certification.
  • Individuals must have lived experience in mental health recovery and a desire to use her/his experiences to help others with their recovery.
  • Individuals must be willing to publicly identify as a person with lived experience in order to model the reality of recovery.

Application, Selection, and Participation Requirements

  • The application must be completed in its entirety.
  • Applicants must agree to attend and actively participate in five full days of training.
  • Participants may request to be excused for a maximum of four (4) hours for legitimate emergency situations. Via Hope reserves the right to approve or deny the request.
  • Attendees will participate in discussion and role-plays utilizing personal experiences as individuals in recovery, rather than clinical roles or training.
  • Attendees must be on camera the majority of the training.
  • Participants must pass the exam following training to be eligible to apply for certification to the Texas Certification Board.

This training is required to become a Peer Specialist in Texas. The training is followed immediately by an online knowledge assessment.

Via Hope training content is provided via Zoom through an online learning platform. Participants will be required to have an active internet connection and be on camera for the majority of the training. Individual computer access is required; participants will not be able to log on in a group environment.


  • The registration fee for this training is $650. Payment is required at time of registration.
  • Registration fee is non-refundable

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