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Continuing Education

Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSSs) are currently required to earn 10 hours of continuing education annually to renew their certification with at least 1 hour in ethics. They may participate in or attend webinars, classroom-based education or training, or workplace training to obtain continuing education hours. When applying for certification renewal, CPSSs will need to submit copies of their certificates of attendance, and ensure the certificates document the topic/title of the training, who provided the training, and how many hours they participated in. CPSSs should ensure that continuing education falls under the following suggested topics, keep track of certificates of completion, and submit certificates when applying for certification renewal.


Approved Continuing Education Topics


•    Motivation and empowerment
•    Stages of recovery and the role peer support plays within it
•    The state behavioral health system and the role peers play within it
•    Advocacy for recovery programs and for the peers they serve
•    The practice of recovery values: authenticity, self-determination, diversity, and inclusion
•    How to share recovery experience effectively and use it to help others
•    Ethics (boundaries, confidentiality, HIPAA, etc.)
•    Awareness of risk factors in peers and how to access appropriate services
•    Interpersonal and professional communication skills

•    Stages of change

•    Certified peer support specialist roles and responsibilities
•    Relationship building
•    Boundaries and self-care
•    Effecting change
•    Trauma informed care
•    Work place dynamics and processes
•    Empowering others
•    Family and relationship dynamics
•    The effects of trauma and use of a trauma informed approach
•    Wellness and natural supports
•    Maintaining one’s wellness
•    Cultural sensitivity and diversity
•    Recovery-oriented care and helping peers set recovery goals
•    Local, state and national recovery and peer support resources



Continuing Education Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST TAKE CONTINUING EDUCATION THAT PROVIDES A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ABILITY TO RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION BEFORE VIEWING WEBINARS ON THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES. WE TRY TO KEEP THIS PAGE UPDATED HOWEVER ORGANIZATIONS MAY CHANGE THEIR PROCESS.


•    CE4less 


•    Magellan Health

•    Doors to Wellbeing​​

•    Quantum Units Education

•    Relias

      CPSSs working at an agency should receive access to the Relias website


•    Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery
     You must become a Copeland Center member for $35 to access webinars


•    International Association of Peer Specialists (iNAPS)
     You must become a member of iNAPS for $25 to receive certificates of completion


•    SAMHSA Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale (BRSS TACS)


•    National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)