Continuing Education Resources
- The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association (PMHCA) is a statewide membership organization of people who have recovered or are recovering from mental illness. PMHCA promotes and supports recovery through education and individual and systems advocacy to eliminate stigma and discrimination. PMHCA provides an annual conference. PMHCA employees are also available to give trainings throughout the state, including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator Trainings, 2.5 day WRAP Trainings, and Advance Directive Trainings. For more information concerning the projects and trainings offered by the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association contact Pat Madigan, Director of Technical Assistance and Training 717-564-4930 x 113.
- The Pennsylvania Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (PAPRS) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the range of services and approaches that facilitate the recovery of persons with psychiatric disabilities. PAPRS offers an annual conference which includes workshops on recovery-oriented services. Some Peer Specialists also choose to obtain certification in psychiatric rehabilitation (CPRP) to advance their careers. PAPRS offers information and test preparation courses for taking the CPRP exam in Pennsylvania.
- The International Association of Peer Specialists (iNAPS), an international organization founded by peer specialists, is dedicated to making peer support a reality for all mental health systems. iNAPS holds an annual conference focused on peer support.
- Drexel University’s College of Medicine Behavioral Healthcare Education program provides trainings throughout Pennsylvania on mental health topics. They also offer an array of online courses. To view the trainings they are currently offering, or to register for training, visit the online registration site.
- Prevent Suicide PA is a resource for Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper suicide prevention training in Pennsylvania as well as other information on suicide assessment and prevention. You can also access the Prevent Suicide PA Learning Center by clicking here.
- The Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition offers a full range of trainings and webinars related to the older adult population. We list some, but not all, of their trainings on our ‘Upcoming Continuing Education’ page so you are encouraged to explore their website for all of their resources.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities by promoting and sponsoring quality behavioral health services.
- Network of Care is a national organization that has a wealth of information on many topics including mental and behavioral health. They have an extensive library of eLearning opportunities.
- The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery offers WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Plan™) trainings. WRAP® is a self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. The Copeland Center also offers free webinars (online trainings) on an ongoing basis about WRAP.
- Doors to Wellbeing is a program of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. They run a monthly webinar series focussing on topics for Certified Peer Specialists. You can register for upcoming webinars as well as view past webinars on their website.
- The Institute for Recovery in partnership with the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health offers a number of training opportunities for residents of Delaware County. For more information on these trainings you can click here to go to the website that lists all of the upcoming trainings
- The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities has a number of training resources on their website.
- In 2018 the credentialing of Pennsylvania Certified Peer Specialists moved under the Pennsylvania Certification Board. They offer online and in person trainings for many different types of professionals on their website.
- A Close Look at PTSD Among Aging Adults – This guide will account for PTSD among aging adults, veterans, and older homeless people. See what experts have to say about the subject, and learn more about the causes and symptoms of PTSD and how the condition can be treated.
Visit the Continuing Education Trainings page on this Web site to locate continuing education training opportunities in Pennsylvania.