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.
Course Overview: The training provides knowledge about the recovery process and teaches peer support, engagement, and reflective listening skills. As they learn to master the principles of peer support, participants will engage in a variety of activities, including role-playing exercises, handouts, homework assignments, and facilitated discussion.
Goals: 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 Certified Peer Specialist and New York State Certified Recovery Peer Advocate certifications. Our computer lab provides access to the online courses required for credentialing.
Course topics include:
- Principles of recovery
- Motivational interviewing
- WRAP planning
- Working within a human services agency
In addition to in-person/remote classroom training, MHA helps arrange a 100-hour supervised workplace internship experience placement.
The Winter 2024 class cycle will meet in person at 29 Sterling Ave, White Plains, NY, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from January 17th through April 8th.
To apply, submit an application, resume, reference letter, and one-page essay reflecting why you are interested in becoming a Peer Specialist. Application and ALL supplemental materials are due no later than Friday, December 1st.
Interviews will take place in person, unless otherwise arranged, during December, so you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible before the class reaches full capacity. All Applicants will be notified by December 22nd.
Applicants must be 18 years old or older, have a mental health diagnosis, and possess a high school diploma or equivalent; intend to complete OR have completed some or all of the Academy of Peer Services core courses; commit to availability for Winter 2024 class meeting times/dates; have access to a PC, laptop, or tablet with stable internet access.
For any questions or for more information, please contact AnnMarie Wilhelm, Peer Training Coordinator at (m)914-966-9101, (w)914-949-1212 Ext 7115, or WilhelmA@mhawestchester.org.