Certified Peer Specialist Training (CPS) - Pottsville, PA (Feb 2023)

Join experienced Copeland Center trainers for the Certified Peer Specialist Training that prepares participants to sit for the PA Certification Board Exam and to enter the workforce as a certified peer support specialist.

This 10-day course utilizes experiential learning methods so you will be learning through practicing, sharing, reflecting. This hands-on approach is the most effective way to bring the philosophy and research of peer support into practical methods that can be used for a successful career. We are not only learning about practices and applications for future roles and relationships as certified peer specialist, we are also building and learning from the very peer relationships present in this course.

Training dates:  February 6 - 10 and February 20 - 24, 2023 (skips a week inbetween)

Training Location: 2300 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, PA

Tuition: $1300 USD

Certified Peer Specialist Qualifications (required)

All participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have received or are receiving mental health services for serious mental illness
  • Have a GED or High School Diploma.
  • Completed at least 12 months of paid or volunteer work within the past three (3) years.
  • Live and/or work in PA at least 51% of the time.

These are requirements of PA Certification Board (PCB). 

Certified Peer Specialist Training Classes:

The course runs 10 days – 5 days one week skips a week and then is 5 days in the next week. Classes usually run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Participants must be able to attend all days and sessions of the course in order to get a certificate of completion.

The training is designed for 30 participants.

COVID-19 Protocols:

The Copeland Center continues to follow health and safety protocols including confirming vaccination status, providing negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival, wearing masks during the training, and sanitizing surfaces.  More details will be included once you are enrolled.