Trainings & Events
Where will the training take place?
NAMI Collier County
6216 Trail Blvd building C, in the training room
Naples, FL 34108
May 20th through May 24th, 2019
Monday through Friday
So, what is a Certified Peer Specialist?
The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) designation is a credential for persons who use their professional preparation in combination with their lived experience to help others achieve and maintain recovery from substance use and/or mental health conditions. There are three different endorsements of lived experience that certified professionals can add to the credential: CRPS-A: Applicant attests to lived experience as an adult who has been in recovery for a minimum of 2 years from a substance use or mental health condition. CRPS-F: Applicant attests to lived experience as a family member or caregiver to another individual who has or is in recovery from a substance use or mental health condition. CRPS-V: Applicant attests to lived experience as a veteran of the armed forces who has been in recovery for a minimum of 2 years from a substance use or mental health condition.
To find out more about the certification process, please use the following link to the Florida Certification Board- http://flcertificationboard.org/certifications/certified-recovery-peer-specialist-adult-family-or-veteran/.
Is it for me?
Working as a peer specialist may not be the right profession for every individual in recovery who has a desire to help others. Before taking the training, individuals should understand the job tasks of a peer specialist, be familiar with the certification process, have some experience working with other peers and have a personal plan for self-care. It is a good idea for individuals to work or volunteer in a peer specialist capacity for at least a few months before committing to the training. The training selection criteria described below favors those who have prior experience providing peer support services. To be eligible to attend the Recovery Peer Specialist Training, an individual must: · Be 18 or older, · Be a high school graduate or have completed a G.E.D. · Self-identify as a person who has direct personal experience living in recovery from mental health and/or substance use challenges · Have a primary diagnosis of a mental health condition or substance use condition · Have a desire to use their experiences to help others with their recovery · Be willing to publicly identify as a person living in recovery for the purpose of educating, role modeling, and providing hope to others about the reality of recovery
Please note: The deadline to register is May 1, 2019.
2-Step application process:
1. Complete and submit the application below.
2. Participate in a brief phone interview. After the deadline (May 1) someone will contact you via the email address you provided in the application to schedule this.