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CPS Training of the Trainer – Marginalized Communities-focused

August 16 @ 9:00 am - August 25 @ 4:00 pm

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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


Click Here to Apply





August 16 @ 9:00 am
August 25 @ 4:00 pm
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Brittyn Calyx

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