The CPS Certification Training is a 75-hour training, delivered live (in-person) over 10 training days. The training provides foundational knowledge, skills and values that equip individuals to work as Peer Supporters in the state of Pennsylvania.
The CPS Certification Training includes the following topics:
- The history of Recovery and Peer Support
- Recovery Values
- WRAP Seminar I
- CPS Core Competencies
- Outreach and Engagement
- Stages of Change
- Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
- Ethics and Boundaries
- Mental Models / Ladder of Inference
- Diversity and Worldview
- Support for Transitions
- Credentialing and Job Search
Successful completion of this training requires consistent attendance, full participation in activities and assignments, as well as satisfactory scores on two weekly tests. Successful completion of this course renders the learner eligible to sit for the PA Certification Board exam, which is required for full certification.
Does the PA Certification Board recognize this training?
Yes! We are an authorized vendor for Certified Peer Specialist training.
Are there scholarships available?
Funding to take this course may be available from your local PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, your county office of Behavioral Health, or the Veteran's Administration. Employers seeking to hire CPS personnel may also pay the expense of your training.
Where will the classes be held, Parking, etc.
Classes will be held at our Center City Philadelphia Training Center at 833 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA. We are close to all SEPTA Regional Rail, Subway, Subway-Surface and PATCO lines as well as many Bus routes.
What is the training schedule?
Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Can I attend Online?
This class will be completely in-person classroom sessions with a live instructor. The PA Certification Board now allows Hybrid CPS Instruction (one week online and 1 week in -person) which we offer. Please courses.training.mhphope.org for dates and times of Hybrid training.