Coyote Taskforce’s Peer Support and Advocacy Training Program

Join us for Peer Support and Advocacy Training (PSAT) program! The PSAT program is a three month long program that combines classroom experience, hands-on support, and real-time practice for those who want to work as Peer Support Specialists!

The Peer Support and Advocacy Training Program Includes:

  • 192 hours of RSA-approved classroom training

  • 64 practical experience hours

  • 80 internship/externship and practicum hours

  • 6 hours of one-on-one job development


RSA students will additionally receive:

  • First Aid and CPR certification

  • State fingerprint clearance card application assistance

  • Tuberculosis (TB) testing

  • Transportation assistance (whether it be bus passes or parking permits)

  • Healthcare documentation training

  • Computer literacy training

  • Driving instruction and practice (with a current drivers licence)

  • Additional one-on-one tutoring if needed outside of the classroom

  • An individualized Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

  • Assistance in applying for the credentialing exam of their choice (if applicable)

  • Assistance in obtaining letters of reference and personal contacts that can be used in their application process  and/or in the field

  • Professional peer support coaching and individualized feedback

To enroll, inquire about a referral from your Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, stop by OPC in person to complete a self-referral form or email!

Peer Support and Advocacy Training Program Curriculum

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The ultimate goal of the Peer Support and Advocacy Training program is to offer personalized support while building upon your personal strengths as you work towards your goal of becoming a Peer Support Specialist!

Module 2:

  • Active Listening

  • The Stages of Change

  • Motivational Interviewing Practice and Implementation

  • Strength-Based Perspectives

  • Teamwork, Ethics and Boundaries (for Small Groups)

  • Conflict Resolution and Styles

  • HIPAA Confidentiality

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Documentation/Progress Notes 101

  • Electronic Health Records training

  • What is a WRAP Plan?

  • Developing a Personalized WRAP Plan

  • The Keys to Group Facilitation

  • Group Facilitation Implementation

Module 3:

  • DSM-V, Exploration of Disorders and Diagnoses

  • SMI Determinations

  • Therapeutic Modalities

  • Medication Classifications

  • SMART Facilitation Training

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Living with Chronic Illness

  • Elder and Child Abuse Protocols

  • Time Management Skills

  • Teamwork, Ethics and Boundaries (Specific to the Workplace)

  • Coping with Compassion Fatigue

  • CPR and First Aid Training

  • Overview of and Assistance with Available Certification Programs

  • DB 101 and Benefit Analysis

  • Mental Health First Aid Training

  • Accumulated Knowledge Exam

Module 1:

  • The Concepts of Hope and Recovery

  • SAMHSA’s “Working Definition of Recovery”

  • The Role of Recovery Capital

  • The Mind, Body and Spirit Connection

  • Best Self Exercise

  • Person First Language

  • Recovery Oriented Language

  • Personal Bill of Rights

  • About Peer Support Specialists

  • SAMHSA’s “Role of Peer Support Specialists”

  • SAMHSA’s “Core Competencies”

  • CRSS Ethics, Values, and Standards

  • The History of Recovery

  • The Clubhouse Model

  • Historical Trauma and Microaggressions

  • History of Native Arizona

  • Cultural Competencies

  • An Overview of the National and Arizona Behavioral Health system

  • Behavioral Health Acronyms

  • Client Rights

  • Charting our Recovery Stories

  • What is a Recovery Story?

  • How to Share Your Personal Recovery Story

  • Sympathy vs. Empathy

  • General Self-Care and Coping Skills

  • The “Personal Solution CBT model”

  • How to Self-Advocate

  • How to Teach Self-Advocacy to Others