Peer support workers are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.
Voices of Hope, Inc. is offering the full curriculum, internships, exam preparation, and supervision to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS). This classification is viewed as the title for the peer recovery support worker primarily involved in providing recovery support services to individuals living with behavioral health disorders. This credential is governed by the Maryland Behavioral-health Professional Certification Board, as a consortium member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC). This is a reciprocal credential offered at the international level. Peer Recovery Support Specialists are part of an evidence-based profession that improves outcomes of behavioral health treatment and interventions.
Peers are people with lived experience with recovery from behavioral health disorders and their family members. Individuals are given the skills, knowledge, and abilities to transform that lived experience into the helping profession. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists are employed by medical organizations, the justice system, in public health and community-based organizations.
Classes will be held in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020!
CPRS Academy includes:
- Recovery Coach Academy
- Recovery Coach Academy Ethical Considerations
- Wellness & Recovery Action Planning
- Mental Health First Aid
- Sexual Health in Recovery
Other courses will provide education on the domains of the credential: Advocacy, Ethics, Mentoring and Education, Recovery and Wellness, and Self-Care to reach or exceed the 46 CEUs required for the certification.
CPRS Academy includes 500 hours of Peer internship, 25 hours of approved Registered Peer Supervision and includes individualized preparation and support for the CPRS Exam and fee. Internship hours can be completed at a part-time or full-time basis.
Cost for CPRS Academy is $2,500 per person. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Cecil county Residents are encouraged to apply.