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Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) Training Application

Click below for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Office of Recovery Services (ORS) 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist Training ↓.

Application for Peer Recovery Specialist Training
Peer Recovery Specialist Training
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Approved Curriculum
Training Days/Hours:
Thursday: 5:00 PM – 8:15 PM and Saturdays: 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

The Peer Specialist Program curriculum focuses on the principles and philosophy of recovery. The course facilitates learning by relating each session of the training encounter to the participants’ personal experience of recovery and provides practice in the core skills of peer-to-peer support. The curriculum is presented within a three-part framework, which emphasizes:

  1. Principles of Recovery and Peer Support
    The content of the Peer Recovery Specialist training course is centered on the principles of the recovery model of behavioral health and on the core values and practices that should guide peer-to-peer support. By relating these concepts to the participants’ personal experiences, this interactive course ensures an enduring understanding of recovery and peer support by participants.
  2. Essential Skills of Peer Support
    The training sessions progress so that participants learn to translate the concepts of recovery and peer support into the specific skills and attitudes required for success as a Peer Recovery Specialist. Skill development is an explicit focus, with time allotted for addressing several discreet competencies, such as active listening, group facilitation, personal sharing, problem solving, code of Ethics, etc.
  3. Experiential Group Process
    Training sessions are designed for participants to learn in a variety of ways—primarily through direct, personal experience, rather than by lecture. The curriculum is implemented through dynamic and engaging methods, which include role-playing simulations of practice situations, instructor feedback, individual reflection, and small and whole group dialogue and discussion.

By participating in the training, participants will:
Gain new knowledge and understanding.
Develop new skills.
Increase personal awareness; and
Enhance personal recovery.