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Certification: Part One

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?
  • If yes to both , then, download the training application that can be found below in Related Links

What can I expect from training?
  • 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, ethics, among others.
  • 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
What is the cost? 
  • 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.

Upcoming CPRS Training Dates:

Memphis: May 7th-11th

Knoxville: May 21-25

Nashville: June 4-8

Nashville: June 25-29

Nashville: June 25-29