Peer Support Specialist training

Online registration for the October 16th – 20th, 2017 training will open on Monday, September 11th.

NAMI Multnomah is the Portland metro affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with mental illness through education, advocacy and support.

This is an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST) for adults in Mental Health and Addictions Recovery, facilitated by Project ABLE. Individuals who complete the 40 hour PSST training are eligible to become Oregon State Certified Peer Support Specialists under the Traditional Health Worker (THW) program or a Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM) through ACCBO. 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. This training is offered at no cost to peers living or working in Multnomah County.

The registration period is: Monday, September 11th through Friday, September 22nd. 

PSST Training Requirements:
-Must be at least 18 years of age
-Must identify as a mental health or addictions peer in recovery defined by OHA
-Must live or work in Multnomah County.
-Ability to attend 40-hour training Monday-Friday October 16th – 20th, 2017 from 8:30am-5pm.

OHA Certified Peer Support Specialist Requirements”
-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; or,
-A self-identified person in recovery from an addiction disorder, who meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs (2 years); or
-A family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.
Successfully complete the required training offered by an OHA approved training program for Peer Support Specialist

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance by email by 5pm on Friday, September 29th. 

To complete the electronic application:


About the training:

PSST is a one week exciting and interactive course focused on recovery themes such as:

    • Recovery Culture: eliminating power dynamics
    • History of Mental Illness: understanding where we came from and how far we have to go
    • Mental Health Recovery: components of recovery
    • Healthy Boundaries: avoiding the rescue triangle
    • Psychological Trauma: compassionate approach
    • Peer Support: wellness and self-care
    • Communication: listening effectively
    • Documentation: knowing the law while staying true to peer support

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:

  • August 26th, 2017
  • October 7th, 2017
  • November 4th, 2017
  • December 2nd, 2017

Offered free of charge to graduates of the NAMI Multnomah/Project ABLE Peer Support Specialist Training.

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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