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Resources Resources

Information about peer specialists and peer supporters, certification requirements, and how to integrate peers into treatment teams.
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Networking Networking

Professional profiles and discussion boards to support peer-to-peer mentoring and collaboration.
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Education Education

Online courses, educational webinars, and calendar of certification and continuing education training opportunities.
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Employment Employment

Job listings and profiles of organizations supporting the peer support workforce.
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DBSA Peer Specialist Training: Putting Your Passion for Peer Support to Work

DBSA Peer Specialist Training is a 40-hour training curriculum that teaches participants how to utilize their lived experience with mental health and substance use conditions, and trauma, to support and give hope to others’ recovery journeys.

Continuing Education Course: Protective Factors to Help Prevent Suicide: the Role of Peer Support

Experiencing suicidal feelings and desires is common for many peers, and peer supporters can feel powerless to help others head off these feelings or deal with them productively.

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Certified Peer Specialists

Certified Peer Specialists →
Certified Peer Specialists are those who have experience with mental health, substance use and/or trauma conditions and have been trained and certified to support their peers in gaining hope and moving forward in their recovery journeys. This section provides information and continuing education designed for certified peer specialists.

 

Peer Supporters

Peer Supporters →
Peer supporters are individuals who have experience with mental health, substance use conditions and/or trauma and use those experiences to provide encouragement, hope, assistance, guidance, and understanding to aid others in recovery. Visit this section to access educational materials and information to help provide excellent peer support.

 

Organizations

Organizations →
Organizations that serve individuals living with mental health, substance use and trauma conditions are recognizing the powerful shift toward patient-centered care. One major aspect of this important shift is employing peers. This section offers resources and educational materials to help organizations understand, value and support the unique roles of the peer workforce.