Upcoming Continuing Education Trainings

PaPSC Trainings

Important Note: The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition is following 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. Please know that we will schedule trainings and events as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime 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 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 focussed 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.

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.

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

Regional Continuing Education Days

continuing education trainingThe PaPSC sponsors CEU Training Days in different regions of the state that are full of information, training, and networking.

Click on the date of the training you would like to attend for more information and to register. You will know that registration is open once the date is in bold.

There is a $20 fee for these trainings for non-members. Individuals who have a yearly membership or are part of a Corporate Membership will be able to attend for free. You will have the option of becoming a paid member of the PaPSC on the day of the event to avoid having to pay the non-member fee for the training day.


2019 – 2020 Training Dates

  • June 19, 2020 (Providing Welcoming Peer Services to the LGBTQ+ Community)


2019 – 2020 Training Dates

  • June 4, 2020

North Central

2019 – 2020 Training Dates

South Central

2019 – 2020 Training Dates

  • August 14, 2020
  • November 13, 2020


2019 – 2020 Training Dates


2019 – 2020 Training Dates


Other Continuing Education Opportunities

Check back often for training opportunities as we update the page as soon as we are notified of new trainings.

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As a benefit of membership of the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition, you will be notified of these and other upcoming trainings and job opportunities. Join today.

Training Providers

If you are providing trainings or continuing education opportunities of benefit to peer specialists in Pennsylvania and would like to have them posted on this site, email us.

If you are interested in presenting a workshop at one of our Continuing Education Days please contact us.