Certification: Part One
Thank you for your interest in Tennessee's Certified Peer Recovery Specialist program! All participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Have you been in recovery from a mental illness and/or substance use disorder for at least two years?
Recovery means different things to all of us. Although many people may think this has to mean that "Someone has to be in a 12-step program" or that "Someone has to have gone away to some kind of treatment or inpatient program for at least 30 days etc."; however, this is not necessarily the case. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) recognizes here are many different pathways to recovery and each individual determines his or her own way. SAMHSA defines recovery from Mental Health Disorders and/or Substance Use Disorders: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is whatever steps we take personally that help us heal from a mental health disorder or substance use disorder (or both).
- Do you have at least a high school diploma or GED?
For help obtaining GED documents or proof of your high school diploma, you can request records through the TN Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development.
If you have been in recovery for at least two years and have a high school diploma or GED, then you can begin the process! Please complete and submit either the online or printable form.
Online Form: Application Part 1
**Note: It is recommended that you copy / paste longer essay answers somewhere such as an email or word document in order to access them later in case there is a problem saving or submitting the application.
Once accepted into the program, participants must attend and successfully complete CPRS training.
We will then, notify you via email: (1) When your application has been approved, and (2) when we've been able to add you to a training in your area.
- The 40-hour training includes role playing, feedback, group work, self-examination, tests, and ethics. Topics covered include communication, problem-solving, values, motivation, and wellness, and ethics.
- Set aside time in the evenings to complete homework and reading assignments.
- Be present for all 40 hours of training.
- Most people who come to the training ready to give it their all, do very well!
The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Training is provided free to all accepted applicants; however. You will be responsible for your own transportation, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks.