SHARE! Advanced Peer Specialist Training is a free training for people who are or would like to be peers in the mental health system. It consists of three consecutive courses:
- Peer Services 101
- SHARE! Peer Toolkit
- Peer Bridging
Participants will earn a certificate for each course they successfully complete.
Now registering for Peer Services 101:
Peer Services 101, which includes seven days of instruction along with homework assignments and required self-help support group attendance, will be held from Friday, March 2 to Saturday, April 14, 2018. You can expect to spend at least 10 hours a week in addition to the seven days of classtime. Please do not apply if this does not fit your schedule. It will be held at SHARE! Culver City at 6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City CA 90230.
CLASS DATES March 2 to April 14, 2018:
Friday, March 2 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 3 from 9 am to 3:30 pm
Friday, March 16 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 17 from 9 am to 3:30 pm
Friday, April 6 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 7 from 9 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday, April 14 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
(This class will also be offered from April 20 to June 2, 2018.)
SHARE! also offers this three-course series in conjuction with Loyola Marymount University with a focus on Transition-Age Youth–intended for transition-age youth and parent partners. This class, Peer Specialist to Youth, will also be held at SHARE! Culver City. For details and to apply, go to: http://academics.lmu.edu/extension/programs/peer/
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I take SHARE!’s training?
SHARE!’s program gives peers–even those who already have other certifications–evidence-based practices, which enable peers to excel in helping others get jobs and housing, while reducing hospitalization, incarceration and mental health symptoms. SHARE!’s approach was honored by the American Psychological Association (click for link).
Q: What will I learn?
- Cultivate healthy peer relationships
- Build a strong, empowering recovery community by fostering choice, strength-based mirroring, volunteering, disclosing and other effective peer practices
- Build social support networks and support people in achieving their goals through culturally competent self-help support group referrals for people with mental health issues and their family members
- Set goals for success and model recovery skills for others
- Learn good self-care to improve resilience and avoid burn-out
- Accurately document peer services, recovery planning, mental health rehabilitation and collateral services for billing purposes
- Exercise good judgement in setting boundaries and ethical behavior
- Foster meaningful roles for others through volunteering, service and work opportunities
- Learn suicide prevention strategies, triage and community linkages
Q: How will the training help me in my work?
SHARE!’s goal is to support peers to excel as Peer Specialists in the mental health field. Participants benefit from career planning, job leads and a supportive alumni network.
Q: Who is eligible?
The ideal candidate is working as a peer or parent partner in the public mental health system. Applicants must be mental health consumers, a family member of a mental health consumer, or the parent of a child with mental health issues. No previous training is required. Preference will be given to applicants who attend self-help support groups such as Recovery International, CoDA, ACA and others.
Q: How is this training funded?
Through The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development as well as the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for LMU classes. See http://academics.lmu.edu/extension/programs/peer/ for more info on LMU classes.
For information, contact 310-846-5270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.