Certified peer support specialist
A Certified Peer Support Specialist is an individual who uses their lived experience in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder, in addition to skills learned in a formal training, to deliver services promoting recovery and resiliency.
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.
The USU CPSS Training is through a Federal Grant, the purpose of which is to enlarge Utah’s Behavioral Health Workforce. This training is for peers well into recovery who desire to assist others in their recoveries and is based on Appalachian Consulting Group’s nationally-recognized peer support training, with added Substance Use Disorder instruction. This is a FREE training program, however, you MUST complete the REQUIRED hours of training: Core CPSS training 40 hours, supervised field experience in a mental health/substance use disorder agency 48 hours (can be your employment if already working in peer support), Youth-in-Transition training 8 hours, free Career/Education Counseling for 1 year. Available throughout Utah at all 28 USU regional campuses using real-time distance education technology in rural areas. Personal computer or internet not needed. We advise that you make every attempt to attend the CPSS training in-person, if possible. For rural students traveling to an in-person training, there is a small monetary stipend available for transportation costs, with the amount determined case-by-case. The USU CPSS Training fees are covered through the Federal Grant.
If you are a Veteran, and want more information, or to apply, contact Mark Hutcheson. He can be reached at email@example.com, 801-582-1565 ext. 2748. Cost for this training is covered through the Veteran’s Administration.
*We are no longer accepting old versions of these forms.
Certified Peer Support Specialist Training Dates
Peer Monthly Calls and Quarterly
Webinars 2nd Thursday each month from
10am to 11am
November 12-16 in Salt Lake City
*Application deadline October 22*
October 8-12 in Salt Lake City
December 10-14 in St. George
Youth in Transition Training
October 26 in Salt Lake City
If you would like to apply for any of the training courses listed above, please download the new application and complete. We are no longer accepting the old certification form. Individuals who are currently employed may be given priority, however all are welcome to apply. You can mail, or email 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