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Next class: May 13-17, 2019 in Austin, TX

Application deadline: *extended to* Monday, 4/22 by 5pm | Acceptance notifications: Monday, 4/29 by 5pm


Orientation and application for Core Training: Click hereThe Core training must be completed *before* you apply to the 5-day training.


Application and Registration Fees

  • You must have reviewed the online orientation materials and have passed the Core training assessment prior to applying for this training.
  • There are two parts to the training, the core training and the specialized training.
    • The registration for the core training is $75.
    • The registration for Mental Health Peer Specialist training is $650.
  • The registration fee covers all class supplies and materials plus daily lunch for the specialized training.
  • An invoice for the core training will be sent via email to the applicant and payment must be received at least two days prior to the training.  Once the core training has been completed, an invoice for the specialized training, will be sent and payment must be received no later than 2 (two) week before the training date. 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.
  • Candidates selected to participate in this training are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the training.

Training Eligibility Requirements

  • Individuals must be military veterans.
  • Individuals must be age 18 or older.
  • Individuals must be a high school graduate or have completed a G.E.D.
  • 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.

Via Hope actively welcomes a diverse group of training applicants with respect to race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, and lived experience.

Application, Selection, and Participation Requirements

  • The application must be completed in its entirety.
  • Two letters of recommendation must be uploaded with the application.
  • Enrollment is limited; priority is given to applicants currently employed or volunteering in a peer position.
  • Selection is based primarily on information provided in this application. However, a telephone interview may also be conducted. Completing the application does not guarantee acceptance to the training.
  • Applicants must agree to attend and actively participate in five full days of training.
  • Attendees will participate in discussion and role-plays utilizing personal experiences as individuals in recovery, rather than clinical roles or training.
  • Participants must pass written exams following the Core training and the specialized training to be eligible to apply for certification.

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