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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 are living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Peer Specialists actively incorporate peer support into their work while working within an agency's 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 is 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 2019 Training schedules
***As of December 26th, 2018, the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Initiative is currently in the process of building a Certified Peer Specialist / Certified Parent Peer Specialist / Employer email list in order to send out information regarding upcoming CPS and CPPS trainings as well as opportunities for continuing education. If you are interested in being added to this list, please provide your contact information in the form located in the "Contact Us" tab. Prospective Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Parent 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.***
Find the Parent Peer Specialist Training schedules-page here!
Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification Exams 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. You may apply to take an exam within one year of your training.
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. You may apply to take an exam within one year of your training.
For more information about what to expect on the day of the exam please visit our FAQ.
Personal electronic devices such as phones, laptops, tablets, etc. and purses, backpacks, bags, etc. will not be permitted into the testing area. We strongly recommend that you leave these items at home.
Applications are at www.sce-peerspecialist.uwm.edu