Upcoming Continuing Education Trainings

PaPSC Trainings

continuing education trainingsImportant Note: The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition is continuing to follow the guidelines and advice from leaders concerning COVID-19 precautions. We have had to cancel or postpone many of our trainings due to restrictions on face-to-face meetings. Where possible we have adjusted some trainings to be offered virtually. Other trainings are not as easy to offer online. As we move forward please always remember that most important of recovery principles: hope. We hope that you are staying safe and heathy and look forward to the day that we can fully interact with you again. Until then, know that we and the entire peer community are supporting you and each other in spirit.

Providing Welcoming Peer Services to the LGBTQ+ Community

In partnership with Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative (KPRI) the PaPSC has developed a training for Certified Peer Specialists focused on enhancing their skills in working with the LGBTQ+ community. The new LGBTQ+ Training for CPSs will, among other topics, include information on definitions, history, the ‘coming out’ process, and unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals who have a mental health diagnosis.

If you are interested in bringing this training to your area or if you represent an organization interested in sponsoring a training please contact us at: info@papsc.org.


Peer Support Within the Criminal Justice System

“Forensic Peer Specialists embody the potential for recovery for people who confront the dual stigmas associated with serious mental illness and criminal justice involvement” (Davidson and Rowe, 2008)

This continuing education opportunity is designed to enhance the capacity of Certified Peer Specialists and Recovery Specialists to fulfill a serious gap in supportive services for justice involved individuals.

Grounded in the philosophy of peer support services, this training uses a mutual-learning approach and dialogue-driven process to develop understanding of the impact of forensic involvement and introduces the Sequential Intercept Model as a tool to highlight the unique needs of individuals and discover resources necessary to effectively navigate within and beyond the criminal justice system.

  • Stay tuned for future training dates

If you are interested in bringing this training to your area or if you represent an organization interested in sponsoring a training please contact us at: info@papsc.org.


Certified Peer Specialists in Crisis Services

Like the other skill enhancement trainings in Pennsylvania (forensics, veterans, older adults) this training is designed to give the participants extra skills to specialize in a particular service area.

This training is specifically designed to prepare CPSs to work in crisis services (telephone, mobile, walk-in, and residential). Topics covered include the Mental Health Procedures Act, roles and responsibilities of a CPS in crisis services, de-escalation, and suicide assessment and prevention.

  • Stay tuned for future training dates

If you are interested in bringing this training to your area or if you represent an organization interested in sponsoring a training please contact us at: info@papsc.org.


Orientation to Medicaid Funded Peer Support Documentation

This training was created by an Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) workgroup and covers the minimum state requirements for documentation.

Participants learn about the purposes of documentation, and examine and learn how to write a Strength Based Assessment, Individual Service Plan, and Progress Notes. There is also a section on Collaborative Documentation.

If you are interested in bringing this training to your area or if you represent an organization interested in sponsoring a training please contact us at: info@papsc.org.


Ethics for Certified Peer Based Professionals

In this training we introduce attendees to the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s Codes of Ethical Conduct for Certified Peer Specialists, Certified Recovery Specialists, and Certified Family Recovery Specialists. We use the Codes of Conduct as our backdrop to frame discussion surrounding ethics related issues like fraud, waste, abuse, confidentiality, service approach, non-discrimination, integrity, etc.

Additionally, this training covers setting and maintaining healthy boundaries with co-workers and the individuals served through real-life scenarios of potential ethical violations. Through this discussion participants learn to articulate their own beliefs and thoughts concerning these scenarios while being guided by the facilitators. The scenarios are framed from a learning perspective rather than a right/wrong one, in turn creating the space for participants to gain an understanding of their own ethical principles and values.

This training is Pennsylvania Certification Board approved for CPSs, CRSs, and CFRSs.

If you are interested in bringing this training to your area or if you represent an organization interested in sponsoring a training please contact us at: info@papsc.org.


Advanced Supervisor Training: Tailoring Peer Support Supervision Strategies to your Staff’s Needs

The primary goal of this workshop is to aid Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Recovery Specialist Supervisors, and other clinical staff, in discovering ways to tailor their staff supervision in order bring out the best in their staff and create a cohesive team atmosphere. Through the use of audio and visual technology, and existing sources on the topic, we will explore what works, and what doesn’t, when viewing supervision through a Peer Based lens. We will explore why proper supervision is a key component to successfully integrating peer based staff into organizations, while discussing strategies that supervisors can utilize within their organizations in making that integration a reality.

This training is a supplement to, not a replacement for, the required, two-day supervision course offered through RI Consulting, the Institute for Recovery, or the Copeland Center.

If you are interested in bringing this training to your area or if you represent an organization interested in sponsoring a training please contact us at: info@papsc.org.


Continuing Education Days (Online and Regional)

Our Regiocontinuing education trainingnal Continuing Education days are being reformatted into regional Recovery Ecosystem Coalitions (REC). The RECs will be regional, self-governed coalitions that determine areas of focus within that region including training needs. Please see the REC page of our website for more information.

 

Click here to visit our REC page.

 


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