Peer Support Specialist Training

NAMI Multnomah, in partnership with Multnomah County, offers a Peer Support Specialist (PSS) Training four times per year. This training is an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved training for adults in Mental Health recovery.


Our course is entitled Cultivating a New Life through Community Connections, facilitated and led by Fumiyo Nishimoto, MSW, LCSW, who developed this training curriculum.

Individuals who complete the 50 hour training are eligible to receive certificates under the Oregon Health Authority under the Traditional Health Worker (THW) program as Peer Support Specialists (PSS) for adult mental health.


About the Training

Cultivating a New Life through Community Connections represents 50 hours of comprehensive training designed to inform and empower individuals wishing to work as peers within peer-delivered services, assisting individuals past or presently affected by mental health services, mental health system survival, addition(s), co-occurring disorder(s), and traumatic experience(s), as they re-enter the community utilizing naturally occurring support.

The core elements of this program include wellness coping skills and WRAP training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), all from a social justice framework with an emphasis on trauma-informed care, cultural humility model and narrative approaches. Through a narrative approach, participants will recognize the power of the stories that they tell themselves, and how to reconstruct their life narrative according to person-centered principles that will assist them in reducing the influence of problems in their lives.


Oregon Health Authority Peer Support Specialist Training Requirements for Traditional Health Workers:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must not be listed on the Medicaid provider exclusion list
  • You must identify as a peer under one or more of the following:
    • A self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; and/or,
    • A family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of mental health services.


Important Details to Note

This training is offered at no cost to people who live, work or volunteer in  Multnomah County. We do not currently offer training to anyone who does not live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County.

Please note, we do have a limit of 20 class participants at each training. Because of this class size limitation and our extremely high volume of applications, and per our Multnomah County Contract, preference is given to those already employed by or volunteering with mental health agencies in the county.

Coffee, lunch, snacks, and beverages provided. SE Portland location easily accessible by TriMet, bike, and car.


Upcoming Trainings

Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20 and Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27, 8:30am-5:00pm.
Registration closed on September 20th. 


NAMI Multnomah’s future Peer Support Specialist Trainings will be held as follows:

  • Winter 2019: Thursday, January 17 through Saturday, January 19 and Thursday, January 24 through Saturday, January 26. 
  • Spring 2019: Thursday, April 18 through Saturday, April 20 and Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27.

Interest List

If you are interested in receiving a notice that once applications are open for our next Peer Support Specialist Training, you can sign up for our interest list here — once applications are open, we will send you an email to let you know and provide you with a link to apply.

Please note that signing up for our interest list does not mean you have applied to our Peer Support Specialist Training! You will need to fill out the application in order to apply to the training.

If you have questions about the Peer Support Specialist Training, please reach out to us on our HelpLine at 503-228-5692, or at You can also download OHA’s Traditional Health Worker FAQ here!


Contact Us

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