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 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 Specialists and New York State Certified Recovery Peer Advocates certifications. Our computer lab provides access to the online courses required for credentialing.
Learn more about the vital role of peer support:
Update as of 3/15/20: We at MHA are committed to the health and safety of all our program participants and staff and have decided to postpone the Peer Specialist Training program until further notice. Your registration will be kept on file and you will be notified when training will resume. In the meanwhile, if you have any specific concerns or questions please contact Bob Litwak, Coordinator at email@example.com or 914-949-1212, ext. 7105 or Dwayne Mayes, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-345-5900, ext. 7594.
- Friday, April 5th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
- Monday, June 3rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Monday, September 23rd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
- Thursday, December 12th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
For more information, please contact Chuck Rosenow at 914-345-5900, ext. 7500 or email@example.com. Click here to view our Registration Form.
At MHA, we know that peer support can be an invaluable tool for wellness. Through our Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) training, we offer a path toward employment for people with lived experience of recovery. The peer recovery professional bridges the gap between clinical prevention-treatment providers and relevant multi-dimensional resources in the community. This connection is achieved through purposeful conversations using role modeling, motivating, problem solving, resourcing etc. Through two unique course components, participants will have the opportunity to gain knowledge about the recovery process and learn how to offer peer support.
For more information, please contact Robert Litwak, LMSW, NYCPS-P, Coordinator of Peer Training Services at 914-345-5900, ext. 7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mental Health Association of Westchester County SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers # 0097.
For additional information and applications, please contact Simone Felix at 914-345-5900, ext. 7502.