Specialized Peer Support Worker Training
Peer Support is the process of disclosing personal experience with mental illness/ addictions and a personal recovery journey to inspire hope and recovery for others. CMHA PEI recognizes the need for formal training and support for peer workers to effectively do this meaningful work.
The Specialized Peer Support Worker Training is a 119-hour program that includes 2 weeks of in-person training, a practicum, and a written and oral exam. The training will equip individuals to use their personal experience to support others by providing specific education, tools, skills, and exposure.
Eligibility, Application, and Selection
The training is intended for persons in recovery after being diagnosed with a mental health and/or addiction issues and are interested in peer support training in order to work for addiction and mental health services. A complete list of eligibility criteria is included in the application form below. Interested individuals are encouraged to complete and submit their application. It will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee who will select individuals for participation in the training. Deadlines and timelines for upcoming trainings are listed below.
Training, Internship, and Exams
Through the 2-weeks of in-person training, trainees cover the following 8 modules:
– Module 1: Recovery
– Module 2: The Role of Peer Support Workers
– Module 3: Peer Intervention Tools and Methods
– Module 4: Crisis Situations and Peer Intervention (including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
– Module 5: Mental Health Diagnoses and Symptom Management
– Module 6: Rights, Confidentiality, and Ethics
– Module 7: Substance Use and Mental Illness
– Module 8: Stepping into the Role of Peer Support Workers and Available Support Measures
Through the 42-hour internship, trainees will receive coaching from both the internship location and the CMHA Peer Support Workers. Trainees will also write a 6-page internship report and submit it on the day of the exams. Internship locations will be determined according to the availability and accessibility of worksites. Trainees will have 1 month to complete their internship.
Following the internship, trainees must complete a written and an oral exam. Trainees are allotted 3 hours for the exams. CMHA PEI will work to facilitate any necessary learning accommodations for participants.
Trainees who successfully complete the training and pass the exams will be invited to a graduation ceremony hosted through the UPEI Office of Continue Education and Professional Development. They will receive their certificate and be welcomed into the CMHA PEI Community of Practice for Peer Support Workers.
Deadline for Application: Sunday, May 16th, 2021
Completed applications should be submitted to CMHA through the contact information listed on the application form
Successful Candidates will be notified in early June
In-person Training Dates
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: Tuesday, September 21st & Wednesday, September
22nd (Daily from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Training Modules: Monday, September 27th to Wednesday, October 6th (Daily from
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Internship hours will be completed in October 2021
Written and Oral Exam will tentatively be held on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021
Graduation Ceremony will tentatively be held on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021