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Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) Training-eLearning

Mental Health Peer Specialist Training

Next October 23rd-27th. 2023

(online, interactive training)

Application Opens September 15th 2023  2023 at 9am

Application closes October 9th,  2023 at 5pm

Via Hope is offering the Mental Health Peer Specialist training online via Zoom technology, polls, chats, whiteboards and short interactive breakout sessions online. Individual computer access is required for this training. Participants cannot login in a group environment. This five day training is designed to provide aspiring Peer Specialist the tools necessary to properly support others on their road to recovery from Mental Health challenges by utilizing their lived experience. 

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


  • You must have passed the Core training assessment prior to applying for this training.
  • Training Fee is $650 (required at registration)
  • If the applicant is unable to attend for a valid reason and notifies Via Hope at least three business days prior to the training, a full refund will be provided. (written notice and documentation are required for approval of refund)
  • If for any reason your application is not approved a full refund will be provided.

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.

Disclaimer: Via Hope cannot be held liable related to Zoom camera requirements. 

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