Course Description

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.  This training costs $1375.00  

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
  • Documentation
  • 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.

Training Location

Northbound Community Recovery Center

6258 US 209

Stroudsburg, PA  18360

Instructors

Learning and Development Specialist

Matthew Anticoli

Matthew Anticoli (he/him) is a Certified Peer Specialist who joined us in March of 2022. He is a graduate of Cornell University who received his Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. At Cornell, Matthew worked as a Teaching Assistant for two years in the Computer and Information Sciences Department, where he co-led discussions on ethics and technology, as well as technological history. As a graduate of the COVID-era, Matthew has extensive experience as a student with Canvas, zoom, and other virtual learning tools; he has also worked with these tools as an educator, developing online curricula for Cornell and teaching as a graduate student for Indiana University Bloomington. Mathew worked as a facilitator for Cornell's Intergroup Dialogue Project and for the University's LGBT Resource Center as a Peer Panel Facilitator.

Learning and Development Specialist

Carrie Tann-Cooper, B.F.A., MS

Carrie Tann-Cooper, (she/her/hers) is a Certified Peer Specialist, certified WRAP II facilitator and a Learning and Development Specialist. Carrie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rosemont College in 2017 and her Master of Science degree from Full Sail University in 2019. Prior to joining the Institute, she spent eight years as an early childhood educator as well as an elementary teacher in Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 2021, Carrie partnered with the Lions Club International where she created and facilitated a free mentorship program for underserved young-adults in Delaware that focused on college prep, mental and physical health and life skills pertinent to entering into adulthood. Throughout her career as an educator, Carrie has gained extensive experience with writing and implementing curricula, as well as experience with teaching and working with children and young adults who have autism, learning disabilities, and behavioral challenges. Carrie has a passion for facilitating trainings for all age groups and uses storytelling and real-life experiences to enhance the materials for the classes she teaches.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • Does the PA Certification Board recognize this training?

    Yes! We are an authorized vendor for Certified Peer Specialist training.

  • Where will the classes be held, Parking, etc.

    All classes will be held at the Northbound Recovery Community Center, 6258 US 209, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

  • What is the training schedule?

    Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

  • Can I attend Online?

    No. The PA Certification Board requires that CPS Certification Classes be held in the classroom with live instructors.