Idaho Peer Support Specialist Training
Bobbi Matkin-Emery, Training Director
1607 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702
Peer Support Specialists promote recovery by using their own lived experience with mental illness to provide self-direction, empowerment, and encouragement to the peers they work with. For individuals living with a mental illness, recovery is a personal experience that encompasses all aspects of one’s life. The recovery journey involves the development of hope, self-esteem, purpose, decision making and problem solving skills, connection with others, and a satisfying and meaningful life.
SEPTEMBER 2015 PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST TRAINING UPDATE
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Boise Training: August 24-28, 2015
Idaho Falls Training: September 21-25, 2015
Coeur d’Alene Training: November 9-13, 2015
The 2015 Peer Support Specialist Training application cycle has closed. We will not be accepting additional applications until the 2016 training dates are scheduled. We do not yet know when these trainings will be scheduled. Let Jess know if you’d like to be informed via email about 2016 training dates.
We will update our website in the event that we need additional applicants from Regions 1 and 2. Let Jess know if you’d like to be informed via email about the opportunity to apply for the Coeur d’Alene training.
IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR THE IDAHO FALLS TRAINING
We have EMAILED all applicants to request that they sign up for a phone interview and called all applicants for whom we did not have a current email address. If you did not receive this communication, it’s because you didn’t check your email, we didn’t have your updated email address, and/or you did not give us your updated contact information.
IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR THE COEUR D’ALENE TRAINING
Jess will EMAIL YOU in September to sign up for a phone interview even if you have participated in one previously. It’s important that we have your current email address and that you check your email regularly as this is how we will be communicating with you. We will be conducting phone interviews for the Coeur d’Alene trainings in September and October, 2015. PLEASE BE PATIENT, WE WILL CONTACT YOU!
IF YOU WERE TRAINED AS A PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST PRIOR TO 2015
Please refer to this letter to learn about applying for new certification through the Department of Health and Welfare by December 31, 2015. You will be applying using the Application by Reciprocity and all information you need to apply including the application, application instructions, current Code of Ethics, and FAQs can be found on the Department of Health and Welfare’s website. Please READ this information carefully and direct all of your questions about certification to 208-639-5720, or e-mail PeerSpecCert@dhw.idaho.gov.
PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST TRAINING INFORMATION
The Peer Support Specialist Training is a program of Jannus, Inc., formerly Mountain States Group, and is now responsible for peer support specialist training only. The Department of Health & Welfare (DHW) is now the certifying body for peer support specialists. You can find certification information here. Please direct all of your questions about certification to 208-639-5720, or e-mail PeerSpecCert@dhw.idaho.gov.
We are funded to train 25 peer support specialists in each of the three (3) DHW hubs over the next 12 months. This means that 25 individuals in regions 1 and 2, 25 individuals in regions 3 and 4, and 25 individuals in regions 5, 6 and 7 will be trained. Trainings will take place in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene. Please note that individuals will NOT be admitted into a training that is outside of the hub in which they reside. Applicants will be considered only for the training scheduled in the hub in which they reside. This means that an individual living in Boise will not be permitted to attend the training scheduled in Coeur d’Alene.
There are ten (10) scholarships available for each of the 3 trainings and they will be awarded based solely on need. By applying to the training, applicants have applied for a scholarship if needed. For those trainees who are not selected for a scholarship, the peer support specialist training fee is $300 which does not include travel, accommodations, or per diem.
Thank you again for your interest in the training and feel free to let Jess know if you have questions. We’ll be in touch!
Peer Support Specialist Readiness Guide 2015
Read this before applying to the training
Application Timeline Sept 2015
Find out what to expect when you apply to the training
Peer Support Specialist Certification Letter
Learn about applying for new certification through the Department of Health and Welfare
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