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Peer Support Specialist Training

  • Southeast Portland Portland, OR (map)

This is the start date of the following program:

NAMI Multnomah is pleased to offer this Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST) for adults in Mental Health recovery. The curriculum is entitled Cultivating a New Life Through Community Connections, and the training was developed and will be facilitated by Fumiyo Nishimoto, MSW, LCSW.

Cultivating a New Life through Community Connections is a 50 hour comprehensive training designed to inform and empower individuals wishing to work as peers within peer-delivered services, assisting individuals past or presently affected by mental health services, mental health system survival, addiction(s), co-occurring disorder(s), and traumatic experience(s), as they re-enter the community utilizing naturally occurring support.

The core elements of this program include wellness coping skills and WRAP training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), all from a social justice framework with an emphasis on trauma-informed care, cultural humility model and narrative approaches. Through a narrative approach, participants will recognize the power of the stories that they tell themselves, and how to reconstruct their life narrative according to person-centered principles that will assist them in reducing the influence of problems in their lives.

Individuals who complete the 50 hour PSST training are eligible to become Oregon State Certified Peer Support Specialists for adult mental health under the Traditional Health Worker (THW) program. The training consists of 50 classroom hours and a written exam.

This training is offered at no cost to people who LIVE, WORK and/or VOLUNTEER in Multnomah County (if this is not you, you will not be eligible for the training).

**Class size is limited to 20 participants, and per Multnomah County Contract, preference is given to those already volunteering or employed by mental health and/or related agencies in the county in peer support roles.**

Applications open September 5th, 2019 and will close the morning of Monday, September 23rd, 2019.

***PSST Training Requirements***
-You must identify as a peer which is defined as a self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services. (PLEASE NOTE: If you do not self-identify as a peer, you will not be eligible for this training. If you identify as a family member, please go to OHA's website to find certified Family Support Specialist Trainings in Oregon.)

-Must be at least 18 years of age.
-Must live, work, and/or volunteer in Multnomah County.
-You must not be listed on the Medicaid provider exclusion list
-Ability to attend a required pre-training orientation:
October 11th, (Friday), 5:00pm-6:00pm in SE Portland

-Ability to attend the entirety of the 50-hour/6 day training in SE Portland:
October 19th-21st, (Saturday- Monday), 8:30am-5:00pm each day
October 26th-28th, (Saturday- Monday), 8:30am-5:00pm each day

All applicants will be notified of decisions for the training by email by 5pm on Monday, September 30th, 2019.

Application Process

This training is offered at no cost to people who live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County. We do not currently offer training to anyone who does not live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County. Please note, we do have a limit of 20 class participants at each training. Because of class size limitations, our extremely high volume of applications, and per our Multnomah County contract, preference is given to those applicants who are already employed by or volunteering with mental health agencies in the county.

Paid Option

Up to 5 spots are available for a registration fee of $320. This option would guarantee you a spot in the training.
Registration is currently open. Find the application here.

Free Option

15 or more spots are available free of charge to people who live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County.
Applications are currently open. Find the application here.

Earlier Event: October 17
DBSA Portland Eastside
Later Event: October 21
Family Support Group at TaborSpace