Peer Support Specialist

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Peer Support Specialist 101 – Online Course

Course Price: $99

Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving deliver peer support services. By sharing their experiences, peers bring hope to people in recovery and promote a sense of belonging within the community. The services often provided by peers are multi-faceted and include, but are not limited to: individual advocacy, education, development of natural supports, support of work or other meaningful activity of the individual’s choosing, crisis management support, and specific skills training. This self-paced course is designed to provide a foundation for providing peer support services.

This course is 46 CEHs and requires the completion of a workbook which you will receive once you are enrolled. The course consists of eight modules (as outlined below) that meet the educational requirements as required by International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The modules, and topic areas covered within Nevada’s Peer Recovery Support Specialist course are broken down as follows:

  1. Advocacy (10 hours)
    • Module 6: Advocacy – 6.05 hours
    • Module 3: Establishing the Peer Relationship – 3.95 hours
  2. Mentoring/Education (10 hours)
    • Module 5: Mentoring and Skill Development – 8.5 hours
    • Module 3: Establishing the Peer Relationship – 1.5 hours
  3. Recovery/Wellness Support (10)
    • Module 4: Recovery and Wellness Planning – 5 hours
    • Module 2: Dimensions of Recovery – 5 hours
  4. Ethical Responsibility (16 hours)
    • Module 1: Context of Peer Support – 4.35 hours
    • Module 2: Dimensions of Recovery – .35 hours
    • Module 3: Establishing the Peer Relationship – .95 hours
    • Module 4: Recovery and Wellness Planning – .35 hours
    • Module 7: Professional and Ethical Responsibility – 10 hours

Disclaimer: This course provides a foundation of fundamental theory and best practice in peer recovery and support. The course workbook includes practical application exercises that will allow you to think deeply about the curriculum and practice the skills that are modeled throughout the course.  However, it is not meant to be a substitute for supervised hands-on experience in the field of peer recovery and support services. 

Please Note: Completion of this course does not mean you are certified as a Peer Recovery and Support Specialist (PRSS) in the state of Nevada. This course is designed to meet the educational requirements in order to apply to become a certified PRSS through the Nevada Certification Board (NCB), an affiliate member board of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

Visit Nevada’s PRSS certification for more information.

This course has also been approved for Certified Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist (CBHPSS) by the Montana Board of Behavioral Health.

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