Trainings Accepting Applications:

Trainings that opened applications on Wednesday, July 15th at 12pm (noon):

Trainings that opened applications on Friday, July 31st at 12pm (noon):

Privately-funded training now accepting applications from the public (apply now!):

Trainings with applications opening Monday, August 10th at 12pm (noon):

We would like to stress that basic eligibility for Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) trainings requires that you have first-hand lived experience of being in a parenting role to a child with mental health and/or substance use experience.

Lastly, we highly encourage people to apply as soon as they are able if interested (i.e., plan to be on those links at noon on the day they open). We can only consider the first 50 applicants per training for potential participation. Once 50 applications are submitted, the application form will close. Statewide CPS trainings reach the 50-applicant maximum very quickly.

Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Parent Peer Specialist Training

The trainings coordinated by the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative utilize the state-approved, integrated (covering both mental health and substance use lived experience) curricula for Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) and Certified Parent Peer Specialists (CPPS).

CPS training is composed of 48 hours in topics including:

  • Mental health recovery
  • Substance use challenges
  • Ethics and boundaries in peer support
  • Advocating alongside peers and advocating within your role
  • Effective self-disclosure and communication
  • Culturally-informed service provision
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Person-centered approaches
  • Navigating crises in the peer support relationship
  • And much more…

CPPS training is composed of 48 hours in topics including:

  • Child development
  • Family resilience
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Family-driven support
  • Mental health recovery
  • Substance use challenges
  • Advocating alongside families
  • Youth and family service system navigation
  • Effective self-disclosure and communication
  • And much more…

Trainers have their own lived experience, have been trained in the effective facilitation of the CPS or CPPS curriculum, and were selected in partnership with Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Two state-approved trainers facilitate each training with one trainer focusing on mental health lived experience and the other focusing on lived experience of substance use challenges.

How Can I Apply for a Training?

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) and Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) trainings are usually designed to serve specific regions of the state made up of various counties. Some trainings may even be specific to a single county or tribe. The listings for trainings on this website will specify to which county and/or tribe you must belong in order to apply.

If you see an upcoming training listed that serves your county or tribe, take note of the date and time applications open. The application for that training will be available on that same event listing at that date and time.

Applications close when the application deadline comes about or when 50 applications are received, whichever is sooner. After applications close, trainers will begin reviewing applications, may call applicants to conduct a phone interview, and will select 14-18 training participants from the larger applicant pool.

If selected as a training participant, it is important that you attend the full training. Though full attendance is necessary to pass the training, it is not a guarantee of receiving the training certificate needed to then apply for taking the CPS or CPPS exam. Passing the training will require both attendance and demonstrating a basic understanding of the materials presented and skills needed in a peer specialist.

Once you have passed the training and received the training certificate of completion, you may apply to take the statewide exam for the certification specific to your training.

There is currently no registration cost associated with trainings for selected participants. However, there is a registration cost of $50 when applying for the certification exam.

This website is the most up-to-date source of scheduled CPS and CPPS trainings in Wisconsin. If there is no training listed on this page that serves your county or tribe, that indicates there are no training events currently planned for your county or tribe.

 

Despite the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling striking down the statewide Safer-at-Home order, we will be continuing with all scheduled virtual trainings, and we will not be returning to offering in-person trainings at least until September of 2020.

 

 

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July 2020

Virtual CPS Training (Options to Independent Living Service Region) – Applications Closed

July 31 @ 9:00 am - August 25 @ 12:00 pm
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We are happy to announce a virtual Certified Peer Specialist training coming in July and August of 2020! Training dates: This virtual CPS training will be scheduled for July 31st and August 3rd-7th, 10th-12th, 17th-21st, 24th-25th (9am-12pm all days).  Applications will be accepted from residents of Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago counties only. Participants must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an…

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Virtual CPS Training (Milwaukee County) – Applications Closed

July 31 @ 9:00 am - August 21 @ 12:00 pm
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We are happy to announce a virtual Certified Peer Specialist training coming in July and August of 2020! Training dates: This virtual CPS training will be scheduled for July 31st and August 3rd-7th, 10th-14th, 17th-21st (9am-12pm all days).  Applications will be accepted from residents of Milwaukee county only. Participants must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an application, and pass an interview to be selected for this training. We have received 50 separate applications (the maximum number we…

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Virtual CPS Training (North Country Independent Living Service Region) – Applications Closed

July 31 @ 5:00 pm - August 21 @ 8:00 pm
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We are happy to announce a Certified Peer Specialist training coming in July and August 2020! Training dates: Due to COVID-19, this virtual CPS training has been rescheduled to: July 31st and August 3rd-7th, 10th-14th, 17th-21st (5-8pm all days). The training serves residents of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn counties only. Participants must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an application, and pass an interview to be selected for this training. Application deadline has passed.…

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Virtual Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) Training (Statewide) – Applications Closed

July 31 @ 5:00 pm - August 21 @ 8:00 pm
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We are happy to announce another virtual and statewide Certified Parent Peer Specialist training coming in July and August of 2020! Training dates: This virtual CPPS training will be scheduled for July 31st and August 3rd-7th, 10th-14th, 17th-21st (5-8pm all days).  Applications will be accepted from residents of all Wisconsin counties. Participants must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an application, and pass an interview to be selected for this training. Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on Friday, June…

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August 2020

Wisconsin Family Ties Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) Training – Applications Closed

August 3 @ 9:00 am - August 24 @ 12:00 pm
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We are happy to announce a virtual Certified Parent Peer Specialist training coming to Wisconsin Family Ties staff in August of 2020! Training dates: This virtual CPPS training will be scheduled for August 3rd-7th, 10th-14th, 17th-21st, 24th (9am-12pm all days).  This originally private training for Wisconsin Family Ties will now open up and have applications accepted from residents of all Wisconsin counties. Participants must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an application, and pass an interview to be…

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Virtual CPS Training (Society’s Assets Service Region) – Applications Closed

August 7 @ 5:00 pm - August 28 @ 8:00 pm
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We are happy to announce a virtual Certified Peer Specialist training coming in August of 2020! Training dates: This virtual CPS training will be scheduled for August 7th, 10th-14th, 17th-21st, 24th-28th (5-8pm all days).  Applications will be accepted from residents of Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock, and Walworth counties only. Participants must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an application, and pass an interview to be selected for this training. Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on Friday, June 12th, 2020. The application…

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Virtual CPS Training (Access to Independence Service Region) – Applications Closed

August 14 @ 5:00 pm - September 4 @ 8:00 pm
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We are happy to announce a virtual Certified Peer Specialist training coming in August and September of 2020! Training dates: This virtual CPS training will be scheduled for August 14th, 17th-21st, 24th-28th, and August 31st-September 4th (5pm-8pm all days).  Applications will be accepted from residents of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, and Green counties only. Participants must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an application, and pass an interview to be selected for this training. Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on…

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September 2020

Virtual CPS Training (Independent Living Resources Service Region)

September 3 @ 1:30 pm - September 25 @ 4:30 pm
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We are happy to announce a virtual Certified Peer Specialist training coming in September of 2020! Training dates: This virtual CPS training will be scheduled for Setptember 3rd-4th, 8th-11th, 14th-18th, and 21st-25th (1:30-4:30pm all days). Will not meet on Labor Day. Applications will be accepted from residents of Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties only. You must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an application, and pass an interview…

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Virtual CPS Training (Statewide) – Applications Closed

September 4 @ 5:00 pm - September 28 @ 8:00 pm
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We are happy to announce another virtual, statewide Certified Peer Specialist training coming in September of 2020! Training dates: This virtual CPS training will be scheduled for September 4th, 8th-11th, 14th-18th, 21st-25th, 28th (5-8pm all days).  Applications will be accepted from residents of all Wisconsin counties. Participants must live in one of the above-mentioned counties, complete an application, and pass an interview to be selected for this training. Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on Friday, July 10th, 2020. The application form will be…

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Virtual CPS Training (SW CAP Service Region)

September 4 @ 5:00 pm - September 25 @ 8:00 pm
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We are happy to announce a virtual Certified Peer Specialist training coming in September of 2020! Training dates: This virtual, regional, and intended community-specific CPS training will be scheduled for September 4th, 7th-11th, 14th-18th, and 21st-25th (5-8pm all days).  Applications will be accepted from residents of Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette and Richland counties only. Selection preference will be given for those with personal lived experience working in agriculture, with a focus on farmers. This training is being sponsored by Southwestern Wisconsin…

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