Frequently Asked Questions
What has changed with peer support specialist training in Idaho?
Up until May 2017, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) funded a peer specialist training contract that provided one training per year in northern, southwestern, and southeastern Idaho. DHW terminated this contract in May 2017 and there are now a few organizations who are holding peer specialist training in Idaho. Path to Prime, LLC is the organization that holds the training you are learning about on this website.
Who provides this peer support specialist training?
This particular peer support specialist training is provided by Jess Wojcik and Path to Prime, LLC. There are other organizations who provide peer support specialist training in Idaho and each one has a different application process.
What is the primary qualification I have to meet in order to attend the training?
You must identify as a person in recovery from mental illness or mental illness with a co-occurring substance use disorder who has received behavioral health services and has at least one (1) ongoing and continuous year in recovery from mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Please read the Peer Support Specialist Training Guide to learn about additional qualifications that are required to attend the training.
What should I do before applying to the training?
Be sure to read the Peer Support Specialist Training Guide in full and take the self-assessment at the end of the guide. It's very important for you to educate yourself about the training and profession you are pursuing.
How do I apply?
Visit the training page to read the application instructions and apply online using the button at the bottom of the page.
How much does the training cost?
As of July 1, 2019, the training fee is $495 . The training fee includes all training materials but does not include lunch, travel, or accommodations. There are no scholarships available at this time.
How does certification work?
Check out the certification page to learn about the process for becoming certified as a peer support specialist in Idaho.
How do I get a job?
Most certified peer support specialists work at mental health agencies. There are occasional job opportunities available at community recovery centers, state hospitals, the Department of Health and Welfare, and the Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness. We recommend visiting the peer specialist job opening page and contacting mental health agencies in your area to inquire about their job opportunities.
What are the continuing education requirements for certified peer support specialists?
Check out our continuing education page to learn more.
What types of challenges do certified peer support specialists encounter?
Certified peer support specialists typically do a lot of commuting using their own vehicle, their take home pay often varies from month to month, they do quite a bit of paperwork, and they sometimes have to explain their role to colleagues and coworkers. It's important to think about how you feel about these types of challenges and those described in the Peer Support Specialist Training Guide. We strongly recommend that you take the self-assessment at the end of the training guide to decide if this profession is right for you.
What resources are available to agencies who are starting or sustaining peer support programs?
This guide is one of the most comprehensive resources available at this time. It was developed by the city of Philadelphia and describes best practices for peer support programming that apply to all states. This manual is a great resource for peer specialist supervisors and Empower Idaho offers provider resources on peer support integration as well. Here is an example peer support specialist job posting and an example peer support specialist job description.
How do I request a peer specialist training in my area?
If you do not see a location on the training page that is convenient for you and would like us to hold a training in your area, please consider the following:
Trainings must have at least 20 attendees in order for training costs to be covered.
Our screening process remains in place for all trainings and we do our very best to not accept individuals who are not grounded in recovery or individuals who do not have authentic lived experience with recovery.
It's ideal for you to be aware of training space in your area that can accommodate 20 people for a full week.
We would be happy to work with you to discuss how we can help address your training needs. Feel free to contact email@example.com.
Still have questions? Please read the Peer Support Specialist Training Guide for a comprehensive overview of the peer specialist training and profession. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you still have questions after reading the training guide in full. We're happy to help!