Peer Support Specialist training

Registration for the April 17th – 21st, 2017 Peer Support Specialist Training is closed.

Summer dates will be posted soon! 

This is an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recognized training facilitated by Project ABLE. The training consists of 40 classroom hours and a written exam. This training is offered at no cost to people who LIVE or WORK in Multnomah County. Class size is limited to 20 participants, and per Multnomah County Contract, preference is given to members of the NorthStar Clubhouse and those already volunteering or employed by mental health agencies in the county.

The registration period is: Monday, March 13th through Wednesday, March 22nd. Any applications received after March 22nd will be considered for the waitlist if there is room available. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received, and candidates will be considered based on the following criteria: (1) Living well in recovery from mental illness (2) Ready to support peers in their recovery from mental illness (3) Ability to attend 40-hour training Monday-Friday April 17th – 21st, 2017 from 9am-4pm.

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance by email on by 5pm on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017.

To complete the electronic application:


About the training:

PSS training components emphasize the AMH philosophy of Recovery; Self-determination; Partnerships; Person-centered planning; Strengths-based healing; Cultural awareness; and Trauma-informed services. Classes are fun and interactive, and cover a variety of topics including:

  • Mental Health Recovery
  • Compassionate interactions
  • Listening to hear
  • Barriers to effective communication
  • The power of language
  • Understanding the impacts of trauma
  • Boundaries and “Rescue Triangles”
  • Ethics and confidentiality
  • Documentation
  • Wellness and self-care
Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages provided. SE Portland location easily accessible by TriMet, bike, and car (once registered, orientation packet includes all details).

Continuing Education for PSS:

Graduates of NAMI Multnomah’s Peer Support Specialist training are invited to participate in a free monthly Continuing Education Session, facilitated by Project ABLE. These sessions have been approved by the Oregon Health Authority. Peer Support Specialists who attend the Continuing Education Sessions can accumulate 20 training hours to meet the State’s PSS CEU requirements.

PSS CE Sessions are held on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9:00AM – 1:00PM at the Community of Christ Church at 4837 NE Couch, Portland, OR 97213.

Upcoming PSS CE Sessions:

  • April 1st, 2017
  • May 6th, 2017
  • June 3rd, 2017
  • July 1st, 2017
  • August 5th, 2017
  • September 2nd, 2017

Offered free of charge.

To RSVP, please email

For a list of other approved Peer Support and Wellness Specialist Trainings in the state of Oregon, please visit:



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NAMI Multnomah
524 NE 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97213
Fax: 503.235.8959
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm