Coyote Taskforce’s Peer Support and Advocacy Training Program

Join us for a specialized, in-depth, three-month job training program that will prepare you to become an accomplished and dynamic Peer Support Specialist!

CTF's Peer Support and Advocacy Training Program will give you give you the concrete tools you need to succeed whether you’re preparing for a certification course or have already completed your certification course and are looking for additional experience!

Come join us in a classroom setting where you’ll learn skill sets and information needed to become the best Peer Support Specialist and also within Our Place Clubhouse, a peer-run community for adults in mental health recovery that will give you hands-on, real life experience as you apply your accumulated knowledge and mastering the core elements of peer support.

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 Peer Support and Advocacy Training program is designed to recognize and build upon your personal strengths.

It is also designed to identify and address all challenges or barriers that you may face as you work towards professional employment.

The ultimate goal of the Peer Support and Advocacy Training program is to support YOU in your goal to obtain and – most importantly – maintain employment as a Peer Support Specialist!

Module 2:

  • Active Listening

  • The Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing

  • Strength-Based Perspectives

  • Teamwork and Boundaries within Small Groups

  • Conflict Resolution and Styles

  • HIPAA Confidentiality

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Documentation/Progress Notes 101

  • Electronic Health Records training

  • The Development of a Personalized WRAP Plan

  • Group Facilitation Practice and 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 and Boundaries within the Workplace

  • Coping with Compassion Fatigue

  • Overview of Available Certification Programs

  • Assistance with the Application Process for Certification Programs

  • DB 101 and Benefit Analysis

  • Accumulated Knowledge Exam

Module 1:

  • Hope and Recovery Concepts

  • SAMHSA’s “Working Definition of Recovery”

  • The Role of Recovery Capital

  • Recovery Oriented Language

  • Person First Language

  • Best Self Exercise

  • Personal Bill of Rights

  • The Mind, Body and Spirit Connection

  • About Peer Mentors/Recovery Support Specialists

  • SAMHSA’s “Role of Peer Support Specialists”

  • SAMHSA’s “Core Competencies”

  • National Practice Guidelines for Peer Mentors

  • iNAPS Ethics/Values/Standards

  • The History of Recovery

  • The Clubhouse Model

  • Historical Trauma and Microaggressions

  • Cultural Competency

  • Historical Trauma

  • The History of Native Arizona

  • An Overview of the National and Arizona Behavioral Health system

  • Client Rights

  • How to Share Your Personal Recovery Story

  • Sympathy vs Empathy

  • General Self-Care and Coping Skills

  • Personalized and Working CBT Model

  • How to Self-Advocate

  • How to Teach Self-Advocacy to Others