At MHA, we know that peer support can be an invaluable tool for recovery. Through our Peer Specialist Training program, we offer a path toward employment for people with lived experience of mental health conditions.
The training provides knowledge about the recovery process and teaches peer support, engagement and reflective listening skills. As they learn to master the "how to" aspect of peer support, participants will engage in a variety of activities, including role playing exercises, handouts, homework assignments and facilitated discussion. Course topics include:
- Principles of recovery
- Motivational interviewing
- WRAP planning
- Working within a human services agency
In addition to classroom training, MHA helps arrange a required 120-hour supervised workplace experience placement.
Participants will gain foundational skills to provide peer support in both traditional and peer-run behavioral health settings. The MHA Peer Specialist training prepares individuals to take necessary exams for New York certifications. Following the training and workplace experience, participants are encouraged to pursue the New York State Peer Specialist certification. Our computer lab provides access to the online courses required for credentialing.
Beginning on September 9, 2019, classes will meet twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday from 2:15 pm to 4:45 pm.
Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a mental health diagnosis and possess a high school diploma or equivalent.