Support Group

Peer Specialist Training

About the Course

The Peer Specialist curriculum focuses on the principles and philosophy of recovery. Throughout the course individuals will be able to relate to the content by applying their personal lived experiences to the core skills, knowledge and beliefs of peer-to-peer support. This is a 40-hour training which includes the core requirements of the Florida Certification Board, group activities, role plays and more. After completing the training, participants can submit their CRPS application to the Florida Certification Board and take a written examination for the CRPS Certification.
The CRPS credential is recognized for billable services by Florida’s State Medicaid Plan.
Available endorsements are described below.

Endorsements

Lived experience is a foundation of peer-to-peer support services. As such, CRPS applicants must attest to at least one of the lived-experience endorsements at the time of application. Available endorsements are:
Adult (A): Lived experience as an adult in recovery for a minimum of 2-years from a mental health and/or substance use condition.

Family (F): Lived experience as a family member or caregiver to another person who is living with a mental health and/or substance use condition.

Veteran (V): Lived experience as a veteran of any branch of the armed forces who is in recovery for a minimum of 2-years from a mental health and/or substance use condition.

Youth (Y): Are between the ages of 18 and 29 at the time of application and have lived experience as a person who, between the ages of 14 and 25 experienced a significant life challenge and is now living a wellness and/or recovery oriented lifestyle for at least two years.



A CRPS supports others in their recovery process. A CRPS has been trained to share their experiences of recovery, services and supports and to carry the message that Recovery is Possible! In sharing our experience, strength and hope with others, including people using services, behavioral health professionals and policy makers CRPSs can significantly impact peoples’ beliefs about their own capacity to recover and the capacity of others to recover.
The relationship between peers is characterized by mutual trust and respect, sharing of experiences, learning about the
recovery process, supporting the peer in multiple settings, achieving goals and moving toward a more meaningful life in the community. A CRPS uses their lived experience and training to mentor, support, and motivate others to find their recovery pathway. All tasks must reflect the perspective of the person seeking support, meaning the CRPS must apply their skills to meet the individual needs of the participants and honor their recovery pathway.
A CRPS has demonstrated competency through training and experience in the performance domains of: Advocacy • Mentoring • Recovery Support •Professional Responsibility