Professional Development Groups in PA

Peer Support Professional Development Groups meet throughout Pennsylvania. These groups encourage the professional growth of peer support specialists by providing networking, mentoring, information sharing, and group support. Some groups also provide continuing education opportunities.

Some groups are open only to Certified Peer Specialists (CPS’s), while others may be open to broader membership.

The following is a list of professional development groups meeting in Pennsylvania. We do our best to keep the information here current, but please note that dates, times, and locations sometimes change.

To have your group listed here, to make changes to your group’s information, or for more information about a particular group, contact info@papsc.org.

Southeast Region

Region-wide

The Southeast Regional PA Peer Support Coalition meetings occur every other month. These meetings are open to anyone who provides mental health-related peer support to others. Meeting locations and times vary, because the meeting is held in a different southeast county each time. Join us for a chance to network with others outside your county, learn what’s happening with the Coalition, and get support from others.

Bucks County

The Bucks County Certified Peer Specialist Professional Development Network (PDN) have meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, starting with January each year (Jan., March, May, July, Sept., Nov.).

Meetings are held at 600 Louis Drive, Suite 102A, Warminster, PA. The meeting runs from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Our meetings are open to ALL CPS’s and CRS’s in the county, whether they are working presently or not. We believe that our PDN is a worthwhile vehicle for on-going training, networking and general support.

For more information, interested individuals may contact Eve Hauser at ephauser@magellanhealth.com or at (215) 504-3953.

Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Certified Peer Specialist Professional Development and Networking Group meets the 2nd Thursday of Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Nov & Dec from 3:30pm – 4:30 pm and Jan, Apr, Jul & Oct from 12:30pm – 4:30 pm. This includes a learning collaborative for CPS’s and their supervisors at the Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb St. Norristown, PA. All peer specialists are encouraged to participate. The mission of this meeting is to assist each other to grow in recovery, grow as peer specialists, and ensure the quality of peer support services through mentoring recovery to our community. In the first hour we share successes and challenges. The second hour consists of trainings on topics suggested by peer specialists.

Philadelphia County

The Philadelphia County Certified Peer Specialist Professional Development, Support and Networking Group meets the third Thursday of every month at Project Home, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Northeast Region

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition sponsors a Continuing Education Day quarterly in Scranton.  These training and networking days are held at the Steamtown Mall, 300 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503. For more information visit the Upcoming Continuing Education page on this website.

Berks County

The Berks Peer Support Network meets monthly, on or near the third Wednesday of each month. Exact dates and the location vary.

The BHARP service area

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) hosts regular teleconference networking calls for Certified Peer Specialists in northern rural Pennsylvania. The following counties are included: Bradford/Sullivan, Cameron/Elk/McKean, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield/Jefferson, Columbia/Montour/Snyder/Union, Forest/Warren, Huntingdon/Mifflin/Juniata, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Tioga, Potter, and Wayne. The calls usually include an educational component, and certificates are available for continuing education. More information can be found at BHARP’s Web site.

Lehigh / Northampton Counties

The Lehigh Valley Peer Support Network

Meeting Date/Time: every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Recovery Partnership, 70 W. North Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Contact for More Info: Jason T. Halley, 610.814.8047, or email at jhalley@magellanhealth.com

Open to: Anyone working as a peer, Certified or otherwise, or volunteers; anyone interested in becoming a peer worker, or anyone vested in advancing the recovery movement

South Central Region

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition sponsors a Continuing Education Day quarterly on the second Friday of February, May, August, and November.  These training and networking days are held at the Philhaven Training Center, 283 S. Butler Rd, Lebanon, PA.  For more information visit the Upcoming Continuing Education page on this website.

North Central Region

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition sponsors a Continuing Education Day quarterly in Tioga County.  These training and networking days are held at the Tokishi Training Center, 124 Nypum Drive, Wellsboro, PA 16901.  For more information visit the Upcoming Continuing Education page on this website.

The BHARP service area

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) hosts regular teleconference networking calls for Certified Peer Specialists in northern rural Pennsylvania, including the following counties: Bradford/Sullivan, Cameron/Elk/McKean, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield/Jefferson, Columbia/Montour/Snyder/Union, Forest/Warren, Huntingdon/Mifflin/Juniata, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Tioga, Potter, and Wayne. The calls usually include an educational component, and certificates are available for continuing education. More information can be found at BHARP’s Web site.

Southwest Region

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition sponsors a Continuing Education Day quarterly in Pittsburgh.  These training and networking days are held at the DHS Building, 1 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information visit the Upcoming Continuing Education page on this website.

Region-wide

Peer Power Network is a professional development group that is open to anyone with an interest in peer support. Meetings regularly include presenters and workshops. The group meets monthly. Location varies. Group members come from counties throughout the southwest region of Pennsylvania.

Northwest Region

The BHARP service area

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) hosts regular teleconference networking calls for Certified Peer Specialists in northern rural Pennsylvania The following counties are included: Bradford/Sullivan, Cameron/Elk/McKean, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield/Jefferson, Columbia/Montour/Snyder/Union, Forest/Warren, Huntingdon/Mifflin/Juniata, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Tioga, Potter, and Wayne. The calls usually include an educational component, and certificates are available for continuing education. More information can be found at BHARP’s Web site.

Erie County

The Erie County Professional Development Group meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA, 1101 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16501. Professional trainings are provided with CEUs available. We wish to welcome any Certified Peer Specialists in the area and beyond to join us to further our understanding about recovery and support each other in our own recovery. Call 814-452-4462 Ext. 132 for further information. Erie County Certified Peer Specialists also meet for a “Meal and Support” the 4th Tuesday of every month. All Certified Peer Specialists are welcome.