If you have questions about maintaining certification and continuing education requirements, your best resources include the state in which you were certified, the organization through which you received
There are many training opportunities for continuing education once a person is certified as a peer specialist. The DBSA Peer Leadership Center has a number of continuing education opportunities available, as well as listings for many other organizations that can provide continuing education. You can learn about upcoming training opportunities here. Your state office, mental health organizations, or local agencies may also provide listings of accepted continuing education opportunities on their website or newsletter. Continuing education
DBSA Peer Leadership Center Continuing Education
The DBSA Peer Leadership Center includes many online continuing education opportunities. The current curriculum includes:
- Conflict Resolution
- Employment Literacy
- Living Successfully with a Mood Disorder
- Recovery Goal-setting with Peers
- Veteran Peers Navigating Moral Paradoxes
Some continuing education opportunities are available at no cost, some include a small fee, and others have higher price tags. If you are working as a peer specialist, discuss what options might exist to support your continuing education. If support is not available from your place of employment, or you are not yet employed as a peer specialist, there are many options to fundraise for training. Many
- Your state’s Office of Consumer Affairs
- Local resources for individuals living with disabilities
- Local mental health agencies, drop-in centers, or mental health departments
- Your local church community
- Vocational rehabilitation counselor or benefits office
- Consumer-run organizations and other mental health organizations in your area
- Online personal fundraisers through sites such as Indiegogo, Crowdfunder, or Gofundme. There are many options for online fundraising, so research which site will provide the most benefit to you.
- Your workplace or an organization you volunteer for may benefit from you learning peer support competencies, so you may decide to request to discuss financial support options with your supervisor.
- Family and friends may be able to provide some financial support, or can assist in brainstorming additional fundraising ideas.
When fundraising, be sure to consider the total amount needed, including not only the cost of the training course