Peer Support Training
The next peer support training takes place September 12th-16th
Certified Peer Support Specialists share their experiences with being successful in recovery to inspire hope and encouragement in peers navigating similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, CPSSs help peers become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.
At Recovery Ways of Idaho, Peer Support Specialist Training is designed to give you the skills to support and empower resilience in those individuals who may be at any stage in their recovery process from mental illness/addiction.
Please read our Training Readiness Guide before applying for the training. It is required in order to submit your application. Download it here (Training Readiness Guide PDF).
When you’re ready, you can fill out the application via the form at the bottom of this page. And submit your 2 Letters of Reference by attaching them via the form. After we have received your application and letters of reference, you will be contacted to schedule a 30–45-minute phone interview.
Please submit your application as early as possible. Applications are evaluated in chronological order. Applying does not guarantee a spot in the training. There may be a larger number of applications than the number of training seats available: The eligibility requirements, application process, and phone interviews are used to determine the most qualified applicants. Qualified applicants who are not accepted into the training because it is full will be given instructions about how to get on the waitlist for the next available training.
You must have personal lived experience with mental health or co-occurring substance use to be eligible for this training. Individuals who have experienced addiction but do not identify as having a mental illness are not eligible for training. Individuals who are not well rooted in their recovery (which is demonstrated in your application answers and your phone interview) are not eligible for this training.
To be eligible for Peer Support Specialist training in Idaho, you must meet all the following conditions:
Be at least 18 years of age.
Identify as a person in recovery from a mental illness or mental illness and co-occurring addiction.
Have at least one continuous year in recovery.
Be able to provide 2 Letters of Reference from individuals who have been involved in your mental health recovery process.
Have a high school diploma, GED or higher education and can provide documentation of your education during the certification process.
Be able to pass a background check for employment as a CPSS.
Be willing to share your experience with mental health illness and recovery with peers and coworkers.
Have a desire to assist others with their own recovery.
Feel comfortable with reading, writing, and using a computer.
Be able to attend and actively participate in a 40-hour training over the course of a week.
Have reliable transportation for attending work and visiting peers in their homes or out in the community.
Read, understand, and agree to abide by the Idaho Certified Peer Support Specialist Ethics and code of conduct.
The fee for this training is $400. It must be paid two weeks before class is scheduled to begin. You can pay the fee using a debit or credit card on our website (COMING SOON) . You can also drop off a check at our office at 1811 E. Karcher Road, Nampa, ID 83687.
Click Here to Download our Peer Support Application, you will then need to:
1. Fill out online by following the link above
2. Download "with changes" you inputed to your computer
3. Finally, upload the file containing the application with the changes you filled out below, along with your 2 reference letters and submit: