Certified Peer Specialist Training (CPS) - Elizabethtown, PA

Session Details

Event Date: 
Wed, 05/13/2020 - 9:00am
PA Department of Corrections Training Academy
1451 N Market St
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
United States
Registration Fee: 

*******This event has been cancelled due to COVID 19. We are taking applications for Training dates: September 7-11 and September 21-25, 2020 in Mount Gretna, PA. See details here

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: June 1-6 AND June 15-19

Certified Peer Specialist Qualifications

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.

These are requirements of PA Certification Board (PCB)

Certified Peer Specialist Training Classes:

  • The course runs 10 days – 5 days one week with a break for a week and 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 between 10 - 20 participants.

Notes about this training site: 

If your participants do not have a DOC ID badge, they must turn in a valid picture ID to control in order to receive a temporary ID.

Professional Attire Standards:  As a reminder, shorts, tank tops, halters, etc. are not acceptable attire within the department.  DOC employees, contracted staff, volunteers, etc. are expected to follow the DOC Professional Attire policy not only at their worksite but also when attending training or meetings at the Academy.  The Academy also follows security/safety practices and we also have offenders on grounds where appropriate attire is essential.  We appreciate your assistance in helping us enforce the department’s policy by addressing any unprofessional attire with students or attendees in your classroom or meeting room.  Please remind employees of the Professional Attire Standards before they come to the Academy.