Certified Peer Support Specialist Information
Click here to download the Peer Support Specialist Application
Click here to download the Peer Support Specialist Re-Certification Application
Click here to download the Utah Certified Peer Support Specialist Code of Ethics
Certified Peer Support Specialist Training Providers
Optum Health CPSS Training:
An integrated mental health and substance use disorder training. The training prepares individuals grounded in their recovery, to learn tools and practices to assist their peers in finding their own pathway to recovery. The curriculum covers mental health and substance use disorders evenly. Principles of recovery, discovering strengths, using your recovery story, motivational interviewing, ethics and boundaries, role of trauma, culture and worldview, working with groups, crisis prevention and intervention, self-care and maintaining personal wellness as well as preparing for employment. Cost of training is covered by Optum Health.
University of Utah School of Social Work CPSS Training:
University of Utah developed curriculum integrating both Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder information. Scheduled based on need. Available primarily in Salt Lake City, other locations possible with a minimum number of participants. Manual and text are provided. 40 hours in class training, some 40 hours classes held on Saturdays. Cost: $500, financial aid may be available for individuals qualified through Vocational Rehabilitation or Department of Workforce Services.
Utah State University CPSS Training:
A training based on Appalachian Consulting Groups nationally recognized peer support training with added Substance Use Disorder instruction Hours of training: Core CPSS training 40 hours, practicum 48 hours, includes an additional 8-hours of training for a Youth-in Transition endorsement. Available in all areas of Utah. Distance education technology used in rural areas. Personal computer or internet not needed. Supervised field experience included: 48-hour unpaid placement in a mental health/substance use disorder agency. Not required if you are currently working in one of these settings. For rural students there a potential small stipend for motel/transportation/food costs is being considered. After completion of training education/career counseling will be offered for up to 1 year following start of program. Cost for this training is covered through Federal Grants.
Veteran’s Administration CPSS Training:
If you are a Veteran, and want more information, or to apply, contact Carolyn Fick. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-582-1565 ext. 4384. Cost for this training is covered through the Veteran’s Administration.
Certified Peer Support Specialist Training Dates
Optum Health CPSS Training:
February 15-19, 2016, from 8:30am-5:00 each day. Please note, this is primarily for residents of Salt Lake County. There will be no cost for this training. The training will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the first floor of the Optum/United Healthcare building located at 2525 Lake Park Boulevard, in West Valley City, Utah. All applicants will be notified by January 15th, 2016 of acceptance into the training. For further information about the Optum SLCo training, please contact Julie Hardle at 801-982-3217 or at Julie.email@example.com.
University of Utah School of Social Work CPSS Training: TBD
Utah State University CPSS Training: TBD
If you would like to apply for training, please download the application above and complete. Individuals who are currently employed may be prioritized, however all are welcome to apply. You can mail, email, or fax your completed application and related attachments to:
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH)
Attn: Utah Certified Peer Support Specialist Program
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116