A Certified Peer Specialist is a person who has not only lived the experience of mental illness and/or substance use disorder but also has had formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health and/or substance use disorder supports. They use their unique set of recovery experiences in combination with solid skills training to support peers who have mental illness and/or substance use disorder. Peer Specialists actively incorporate peer support into their work while working within an agencies team support structure as a defined part of the recovery team.
A Certified Peer Specialist is not a mental health or substance use disorder technician limited to providing ancillary
services without a clear therapeutic role, but as an active participant on the consumer’s treatment and recovery team.
As you navigate this website you will find information on how to become a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist, trainings, continuing education, recertification and other information that is pertinent to the Peer Specialist Program.
2016 Peer Specialist Training schedules
Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification 2016 Exam Dates (exams are proctored at the eight WI Independent Living Centers)
You must have taken and successfully completed a State-approved Peer Specialist Training in order to apply to take the Certification exam. Proof of training has to be submitted with the application.
2016 Exam Dates:
July 20, 2016 application deadline June 29, 2016
(NAPS, DBSA, N.E.W. Hope training curriculums, current exam)
September 28, 2016 application deadline September 7, 2016
(new training curriculum, new exam)