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Peer Support Education

PCR provides a nationally endorsed peer support certification training in collaboration with Jordan Peer Recovery and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)

Peer Support is emerging as the vehicle many organizations use in developing a therapeutic alliance with clients being served as well as understanding their culture. Peer Certification is fast becoming the avenue to leverage people with lived experience into positions where they can help consumers navigate the barriers that many other professionals miss with regards to the challenges of recovery and wellness.

PCR is thrilled for the District to have its first Nationally Accredited Certified Peer Support Education program, and to have it open in Ward 8 makes it even more exciting.

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What is Peer Support?

Working as a Certified Peer Support Specialist can be especially beneficial to our own communities. In this rewarding work, you get to have a positive impact on the lives you touch, for both individuals and the families with whom they may have struggled. In this regard, a Certified Peer Specialist helps to save lives. As the field of Peer Support continues to grow and expand, so will the growth opportunities that exist.

This new program, funded by HRSA, will pay for the student’s tuition and provide a stipend for completion of their internship hours. It is specifically designed for people impacted by the Opioid Epidemic. It is a full-time program; success is based on completion of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 374 clock hours of a mandatory internship, which must be performed upon completion of your classroom hours.

This 4-year HRSA grant is responsible for training 40 peers in years 1 & 2 and 50 peers in years 3 & 4. Apply quickly since we expect the slots to fill up on a first come first serve basis. Participants will learn to

  • Describe a Peer Recovery Professional’s role and functions
  • Demonstrate a strengths-based approach to recovery/wellness
  • Assist the individual in identifying basic needs, list the components 
  • Core values and guiding principles of recovery
  • Build skills to enhance relationships
  • Experience recovery wellness planning
  • Explore many dimensions of recovery of recovery and recovery coaching
  • Understand the stages of recovery, describe the stages of change and their applications
  • Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege, address ethical and boundaries issues
  • Explore various methods of recovery including practice newly acquired skills

The Process



Must be completed and approved before completing the next link: 



Jordan Peer Recovery’s Recovery Specialist Employability Score (RSES) Assessment

This will give you a numerical score and a customized report detailing your readiness for the Peer Recovery workforce.


A PCR staff member will reach out to you regarding next steps. If you have any questions or concerns,
please contact Azia Travers by email, or by phone.

Thank You to Our Peer Support Sponsors

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