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.
Peer Specialist 2018 Training schedules
***As of September 5th, 2018, the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Initiative is not currently maintaining a contact list for prospective Peer Specialists or sending email notices concerning upcoming training dates and continuing education opportunities. Prospective Certified Peer Specialists are solely responsible for monitoring the WICPS website to request information and applications for scheduled trainings in their appropriate county regions. If no training session is scheduled for your county area at the current time, continue to periodically check the website for updates. We will consider establishing another email list late in 2018. Thank you for your patience.***
Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification Exams 2018-2019 (exams are proctored at the eight WI Independent Living Centers) You must have successfully completed the State-approved Peer Specialist Training in order to apply to take the Certification Exam.
Wisconsin Parent Peer Specialist Certification Exams 2019 (exams are proctored at the eight WI Independent Living Centers) You must have successfully completed the State-approved Parent Peer Specialist Training in order to apply to take the Certification Exam.
Applications are at www.sce-peerspecialist.uwm.edu