40-Hour Basic Peer Support Training
This class qualifies attendees to work as paid peer support specialists and to apply to become Certified Peer Support Specialists. This training is provided at no cost through support from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and the State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health.
We provide weeklong, evening and weekend training options, in-person or via Zoom. Attendees are responsible for transportation and meals for in-person trainings. Classes are scheduled throughout the year and throughout the state of Alaska.
2023 Evening Trainings
January 3 – February 2
February 28 – March 30
May 2 – June 1
July 18 – August 17
November 7 – December 7
2023 Saturday Trainings
Saturday trainings are held over 5 weeks, from 9 am – 6 pm with a 1 hour lunch break.
February 4 – March 4
April 8 – May 6
June 17 – July 15
September 2 – September 30
2023 Weeklong trainings
Weeklong trainings are held Monday- Friday, 9 am – 6 pm, with a 1 hour lunch break.
June 12- 16
August 7 -11
December 11 – 15
Advanced Peer Support Trainings
Train the Trainer
Training to prepare active peer support professionals to train their oncoming peer team members and active/outgoing consumers by using the state approved Alaska Behavioral Health forty-hour training. Learn how to make the class your own while holding true to the content and desired outcomes. Are you ready to take your peer strengths to the next level?
Apply for Train the Trainer here.
- January 9 – 10
- February 6 – 7
- April 6 – 7
- June 19 – 20
- August 17 – 18
- October 19 – 20
- December 7 – 8
Hire, Supervise & Retain Your Peers
Peer Support isn’t a new thing. But, here in Alaska’s Helping field, it is new to a lot of us. The truth is that most people in this field have lived experiences. We just don’t use them to do our jobs. Learn the do’s and don’ts of Peer Support Supervision, how to offer support without counseling, how to develop strong peers by playing on their strengths and using their skills to support the team, clients, and communities as a whole. Are you ready to confidently supervise your team’s PSPs?
Apply for supervisor training here.
- January 12
- March 13
- May 8
- July 13
- September 15
- November 13
Continuing Education Classes for Peers (earn CEU’s)
Apply for Peer Support CEU classes here
Peer Support Ethics
A three-hour course designed to help Peer Support Professionals understand the unique scope of services they provide and how ethical standards are in place to protect their consumers, themselves, and their communities. This class is designed to assist in a better understanding of role specific challenges, ethical arenas, the code of ethics, and how to resolve ethical concerns when they arise through lens of the Peer Support Professional utilizing case studies and application.
A three-hour course designed to help Peer Support Professionals understand the confidentiality standards that are in place to protect their consumers, their private health information, their experience in recovery services, and overall privacy when it comes to working toward their recovery. This class is designed to assist in a better understanding of role specific challenges, confidentiality arenas, the proper way to maintain confidentiality under legal constraints like 42 CFR part 2, HIPAA, as well as local, state, and federal mandates as they arise through lens of the Peer Support Professional utilizing case studies and application.
A three hour class to work through the uncertainties in grant writing. Learn some basic skills to support your agency and be a frontline contributor to the needs of those you serve.
Meet our Peer Support Specialists
What is a Peer Support Professional?
Peer Support Professionals are individuals who identify themselves as in recovery: living with a mental illness diagnosis, history of trauma, and/or history of addiction. They may also be a family member of someone who meets that definition. Peer support specialists bring a different perspective when it comes to recovery and helping others through their own journeys. Being able to empathize and empower others at various stages in recovery with personal experiences is what makes Peer Support such an important part of the recovery journey and its success.
What do Peer Support Professionals do?
- Partner with those they serve and represent them at the table with a treatment team
- Assist consumers in understanding the process of services, forms being used, types of questions, and updates
- Be present for the consumer
- Provide support & encouragement
- Assist the consumer in Voice & Choice (teach them self-advocacy)
- Offer perspective and hope to the consumer on behalf of the treatment team
- Offer insight and perspective to the treatment team on behalf of the consumer
- Share personal examples
- Support wellness and model recovery values
- Support harm reduction as part of the recovery process
- Support all stages of recovery and relapse
- Offer future oriented dialogue
- Be accepting, understanding, non-judgmental, empowering (voice, choice, affirmation, recognition, and advocacy)
For More Information
Contact Jenifer Galvan at Alaska Behavioral Health to see if this opportunity fits into your journey.