If you’ve made progress in your recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder and want to provide support to others dealing with similar issues, you might find a position as a peer specialist ideal. As a peer specialist, you’ll provide support to others living with mental health or addiction issues—your peers. This support may be particularly valuable because you’re able to offer perspective from your own lived experience.
Identifying recovery goals and making a plan of action
Finding and accessing health care or other needed resources
Developing good self-care practices, often through modeling your own
Developing relationships in the community
Developing wellness plan
Identifying personal strengths and values
You'll learn to encourage and help others through videos of peers in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction throughout the coursework, become a role model for others and show them that it is possible to achieve recovery.
What will I learn?
Understand how their own values are formed and how understanding themselves affects the way in which they understand others
Learn definitions and tasks performed by peer specialists
Be introduced to appropriate roles in the workplace
Be introduced to concepts such as conflict resolution, cultural competency, and tolerance
Understand the importance of self-care and design a self-care plan
Learn the value of inspiring hope and contributing to the development of a recovery culture
How long do I have to complete the coures?
You have three (3) months to complete the 40-hours course.
Self-paced, online course
3 months to complete
Open enrollment, begin anytime
40- hours course
When I am ready, where can I take my state exam?
This 40-hour training course includes content and standards that are promoted by the Florida Certification Board and may be accepted by State Certification Boards that provide credentials for Recovery Peer Specialists or Peer Supporters. Students should check with their State Certification Boards for more information on Certification.
Will I receive a certificate after completing the class?
Yes, As soon as you pass our online Peer Specialist training, you can print your certificate. Meaning, you’ll be able to get a job right away!
Where can I work as a Peer Specialists?
Peer support specialists hold positions in a wide range of working environments all over the United States.
Specialists are commonly employed by:
Outpatient counseling clinics
Hospitals or wellness centers
Peer specialists can search for open positions through online job boards, such as Indeed, Careerlink, and ZipRecruiter.
Occupational Demand for Peer Specialists
The number of peer specialist jobs is expected to increase by 12% by 2028, more than twice the average rate. Peer Specialist earned a median annual salary of $34,870 in 2018.
How do I contact the school?
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Thurs. - Fri. 10 am – 4 pm