Education & Training
The Mental Health Association of Westchester is proud to offer an array of educational opportunities and services for the professional and non-professional communities on topics such as behavioral health, evidence-based behavioral health practices, suicide prevention, peer services and the New York State-certified course on Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect. New York State Continuing Education Hours for licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs) and licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) are also available for certain courses.
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 in-person/remote classroom training, MHA helps arrange a 100-hour supervised workplace internship 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 Specialists and New York State Certified Recovery Peer Advocates certifications. Our computer lab provides access to the online courses required for credentialing.
Fall 2023 class cycle will meet in person at 29 Sterling Ave, White Plains, NY and virtually via Microsoft TEAMS from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from September 11th through December 13th. Application and ALL supplemental materials are due no later than Friday, August 4th, 2023. Interviews will take place online via Microsoft TEAMS during August, so you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible before the class reaches full capacity. All Applicants will be notified by August 25th.
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 Fall 2023 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- (m)914-966-9101, (w)914-949-1212 Ext 7115, WilhelmA@mhawestchester.org
Learn more about the vital role of peer support:
For more information, please contact Chuck Rosenow at 914-345-5900, ext. 7500 or email@example.com. Click here to view our Registration Form.
For additional information and applications, please contact Patrice Monaghan, LCSW at (914) 341-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.