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Peer Specialist Training

We support people with lived experience to develop careers in the human services field. Our training programs allow individuals to gain the basic skills to ready them for a variety of employment opportunities. Once employment has been secured, we offer support and additional training opportunities to help the person develop skills to build a career that allows for satisfaction, personal growth, and readiness to respond to the current needs of the behavioral health care system. Our peer-based training programs include:

Careers in Recovery and Wellness Training Center

Peer Workforce Readiness Basics is a learning collaborative that meets when the Peer Specialist Training is in session for an hour and a half each week.  The topics we explore are:  Employment Readiness, Effective Styles of Communication, What is Peer Support, Types of Peer Certification, Leadership and Management Styles, Interrupting Oppression, and Then, Now, What’s Next.  More…

8 week Peer Specialist Training is offered live-online for people interested in volunteering or working in Peer Services.  Our training is rooted heavily in human rights and peer support values and principles. In order for a person to become an effective, skilled peer specialist, these core values and principles serve as the foundation to ensure best practice and ethical approaches.  Students completing the course will acquire knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to offer trauma- informed peer support. Along the way, they will also learn about the New York Peer Specialist Certification process and, from the course, gain the requisite knowledge to pass the required test on the Academy of Peer Services online training platform which, in turn, leads to eligibility to apply for the NY Peer Specialist Certification.  More…

Ongoing Employment Supports and Education are offered monthly for an hour and a half and include:

  • Support for Supporters a support group for peer workers who are students of our Training Center, volunteers, interns, or employees not currently working in the capacity of a supervisor, team leader, or oversight of any other employees.  This group offer non-hierarchal support for and by peer workers, is a learning collaborative for keeping Peer Support in Peer Services, and is a place to connect, support, network, and vibe.  More…
  • Ongoing Education meetings offer continuing education for Peer Workers and those interested in Peer Services.  More…
  • Peer Support Line is for and by people who experience emotional distress, voices and visions, extreme and altered states of consciousness, labels of psychiatry, substance use, and trauma/trauma responses.  It’s a space to connect, share, discuss, and vibe.  Our Peer Support Line offers one-to-one telephone mutual support, including mutual peer worker support.  More…
  • Peer Networking Meeting is for and by people who experience emotional distress, voices and visions, extreme and altered states of consciousness, labels of psychiatry, substance use, and trauma/trauma responses.  It’s a space to connect, share, discuss, and vibe.  Please email us topics of interest and interest in offering a presentation.  More…

For more information email:  crwtrainingcenter@mhaw.org or call our Peer Support Line, Monday thru Friday from 9am to 5 pm, 631-471-7242 ext. 1217 (If you receive our voicemail, please leave a message as we are on the other line and will call you right back.)

Contact:
Tracy Puglisi
Coordinator of Peer Recovery and Wellness Education
tpuglisi@mhaw.org
631-471-7242 x 1302

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