Apply to become a Certified Peer Specialist Trainer in Wisconsin!

In August 2021, the Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS) and staff at Access to Independence working on the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative will be holding an online Certified Peer Specialist Training of the Trainer (CPS ToT) with a focus on members of marginalized communities.

Training dates: August 16th-18th and 23rd-25th

Hours: 9am-4pm CDT (there will be breaks and 45 minutes for lunch as part of this structure)

Trainers: Brittyn Calyx, Tara Wilhelmi, and Vic Welle

 

What are Certified Peer Specialist Trainers?

Certified Peer Specialist Trainers are Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) who go on to co-facilitate the 48-hour CPS curriculum used in Wisconsin. They are CPS with skill and experience in both the role of a CPS and adult education and group facilitation who have successfully completed the Certified Peer Specialist Training of the Trainer. They are not employees of DCTS or Access to Independence and are currently paid at a rate of $35 an hour for the prep work and facilitation of CPS trainings they contract to co-facilitate.

 

Determining Eligibility and Fit

The following are required to be eligible to apply to this CPS ToT:

  • Must be a Certified Peer Specialist with active Wisconsin certification or attain certification as a peer specialist in Wisconsin by July 28th, 2021
  • Must reside in any Wisconsin county
  • Must identify as a member of a marginalized community
  • Must be willing and able to facilitate a minimum of 2 CPS trainings per year
  • Must be able to facilitate online trainings and arrange for travel for facilitation of in-person trainings

It is anticipated that 8-12 participants will be selected for this training. To be considered for selection, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements above, submit an application form, and complete a virtual interview. There is no training registration cost for participants.

 

What are Marginalized Communities?

Marginalized communities are those excluded from mainstream social, economic, educational, and/or cultural life. Examples of marginalized populations include, but are not limited to, groups excluded due to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, language, and/or immigration status. Marginalization occurs due to unequal power relationships between social groups. It can also take the form of systemic oppression when it is driven by institutions of the society, including education systems, health care systems, justice systems, housing systems, and financial systems, through laws, customs, or practices.

 

Desired skills and experience in applicants:

  • Demonstrated skill and experience in supporting adult education, community building, group facilitation, effective communication, and skill development
  • Experience in supporting equity, accessibility, and inclusion in communities, programs, training spaces, or workplaces
  • Clear understanding of and experience related to the role of a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist and peer support principles and frameworks
  • Experience with online meeting platform facilitation for events (especially Zoom)
  • Bilingual or multilingual fluency a plus, especially in English/Spanish, English/Hmong, English/Indigenous languages spoken by Wisconsin Tribal Nations, English/ASL

 

Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility Support

If you require reasonable accommodations due to disability, technology assistance, or language accessibility supports for applying or participating in this CPS ToT if selected, please reach out to Brittyn Calyx, Peer Specialist Program Communications Assistant at brittync@accesstoind.org or (608) 416-3033.

 

When to Apply (and Deadlines/Closing)

A button will appear below this section with the words “Click Here to Apply” at the time applications open. Click that button to access the application form for this training.

Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on Monday, June 7th, 2021

Application Deadline: 12pm (noon) on Monday, July 5th, 2021

 

 

 

 

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We are happy to announce an online Certified Peer Specialist training coming in June of 2021!

This online Certified Peer Specialist training is hosted by the Midstate Independent Living Choices (MILC).

Training dates: June 4th, 7th-11th, 14th-18th, 21st-25th (5pm-8pm all days)

Trainers: Cano Padilla & Tamra Oman

Determining Eligibility and Fit

The following are required to be eligible to apply to this CPS training:

  • Must self-identify as having navigated personal lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
  • Must reside in Adams, Florence, Forest, Jefferson, Kenosha, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Racine, Rock, Taylor, Vilas, Walworth, or Wood County and be a Wisconsin resident
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

14-18 participants will be selected for this training. To be considered for selection, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements above, submit an application form, and complete an interview. There is no training registration cost for participants.

*The counties for this training have been expanded beyond the MILC service region to also include Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock, and Walworth counties.

Considerations

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the role of a Certified Peer Specialist before applying. Click here to learn more about the role and work of a Certified Peer Specialist.

 

When to Apply (and Deadlines/Closing)

A button will appear below this section with the words “Click Here to Apply” at the time applications open. Click that button to access the application form for this training.

Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on Friday, April 9th, 2021

Application Deadline: 12pm (noon) on Friday, May 7th, 2021

 

Possible Early Closing of Applications:

A maximum of 50 applications will be considered. If 50 applications are received prior to the application deadline (see above), the application form will automatically close and no additional applications will be received.

 

We are happy to announce an online Certified Peer Specialist training coming in July and August of 2021!

This Indigenous Peoples community-specific training is the fourth in a series of various community-specific Certified Peer Specialist trainings this year.

A note on this community-specific training:
This training is not specific to a single tribe or nation, nor is it specific to only federally-recognized tribes and nations. Some tribes have hosted Certified Peer Specialist trainings specific to a singe nation or group of nations. The purpose of this training being more broad in scope to Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (also known as North America) is part of the equity and justice initiatives of the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative, striving towards access and inclusion.

Training dates: July 30th and August 2nd-6th, 9th-13th, 16th-20th (5pm-8pm all days)

Trainers: Cano Padilla & Mike Kelly

Determining Eligibility and Fit

The following are required to be eligible to apply to this CPS training:

  • Must be Indigenous to Turtle Island (also known as North America) / Native American / American Indian / First Nations
  • Must self-identify as having navigated personal lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
  • Must reside in any Wisconsin county (this training is open statewide to Indigenous communities)
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

14-18 participants will be selected for this training. To be considered for selection, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements above, submit an application form, and complete an interview. There is no training registration cost for participants.

Considerations

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the role of a Certified Peer Specialist before applying. Click here to learn more about the role and work of a Certified Peer Specialist.

 

When to Apply (and Deadlines/Closing)

A button will appear below this section with the words “Click Here to Apply” at the time applications open. Click that button to access the application form for this training.

Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on Friday, June 4th, 2021

Application Deadline: 12pm (noon) on Friday, July 2nd, 2021

 

Possible Early Closing of Applications:

A maximum of 50 applications will be considered. If 50 applications are received prior to the application deadline (see above), the application form will automatically close and no additional applications will be received.

 

We are happy to announce an online Certified Peer Specialist training coming in June and July of 2021!

This community-specific training for those with personal lived experience of incarceration is the third in a series of various community-specific Certified Peer Specialist trainings this year.

Training dates: June 18th, 20th-24th, 27th-July 1st, 6th-8th, 11th-12th (5pm-8pm all days)

Trainers: Oliver Johnson & Tara Wilhelmi

Determining Eligibility and Fit

The following are required to be eligible to apply to this CPS training:

  • Must have personal lived experience of incarceration
  • Must self-identify as having navigated personal lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
  • Must reside in any Wisconsin county (this training is open statewide to formerly incarcerated people)
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

14-18 participants will be selected for this training. To be considered for selection, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements above, submit an application form, and complete an interview. There is no training registration cost for participants.

Considerations

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the role of a Certified Peer Specialist before applying. Click here to learn more about the role and work of a Certified Peer Specialist.

 

When to Apply (and Deadlines/Closing)

A button will appear below this section with the words “Click Here to Apply” at the time applications open. Click that button to access the application form for this training.

Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Application Deadline: 12pm (noon) on Friday, May 21st, 2021

 

Possible Early Closing of Applications:

A maximum of 50 applications will be considered. If 50 applications are received prior to the application deadline (see above), the application form will automatically close and no additional applications will be received.

 

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