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KENTUCKY ADULT PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST TRAINING:

DESCRIPTION, QUALIFICATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES


Peer support is the social and emotional support provided by persons with a mental health condition to others sharing a similar mental health condition to bring about a desired social or personal change. A Peer Specialist guides clients toward the identification and achievement of specific goals defined by the client and specified in the treatment plan. The job of a Kentucky Peer Specialist (KPS) is not to replace current clinical mental health staff but to offer additional and/or alternative options to help people in their efforts to recover. 

Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialist Qualifications:

  •  Eighteen (18) years of age or older
  • Have a current or past diagnosis of a mental health, substance use, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
  • Have received or been receiving treatment
  • Have a minimum educational requirement of a high school diploma or General Equivalence Diploma (GED) certificate
  • Demonstrate a pattern of recovery from a mental health, substance use, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
  • Successfully complete a state-approved adult peer support specialist training

*Having a criminal record is not relevant to this training.*

Responsibilities:

An Adult Peer Support Specialist shall:

  • Uses relevant personal stories to assist other consumers through experience.
  • Serves as a role model to consumers.
  • Encourages consumer voice and choice during development and implementation of plans.
  • Supports clients by:
    a. Attending team meetings on behalf of or at their request or
    b. Accompanying them to meetings upon their request.
  • Empowers clients to have the confidence to be a self-advocate
  • Helps providers or other individuals understand the importance of integrating client voice and choice in services and support within a system of care.
  • Promotes socialization, recovery, self-advocacy preservation, and enhancement of community living skills for clients.
  • Completes and maintains documentation of a minimum of six (6) hours of related training or education in each subsequent year after successful completion of the adult peer support specialist training.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAINING:

Our next training will offered as a part-time flexible on-line program through NKU. This is a 7-week 45-hour program starts January 10, 2022. It is program that will require approximately 6 hours per week of your time – at times that are convenient to you. Applications open November 1.

In completing NKU’s training, participants will:

  • Gain new knowledge and understanding of the stages and principles of the recovery process, the shift from maintenance to recovery, behavioral health, spiritual and cultural awareness, trauma-informed services, the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, self-care, and much more.
  • Develop new skills to assist in effective listening and communication, problem solving, exploring dissatisfaction and fears, establishing goals, combating negative messages/self-talk, suicide prevention, developing and sticking to ethical boundaries, and more.
  • Increase personal awareness
  • Enhance personal recovery

Please note that certification with the State of Kentucky does not carry over into Ohio. Qualification for certification includes successfully completing both a written and oral exam upon completion of the course with an aggregate score of at least 70%. If you do not pass the exam, you may re-take it up to two times within a year from the training. You will be unable to take the certification exam if you have not completed all 7 weeks of the on-line course.

Two letters of recommendation are required to be considered for the training. These references should come from members of your treatment team (i.e. healthcare provider, psychiatrist, therapist, group leader, employer if applicable). A reference from a sponsor is recommended. You are responsible for giving or emailing the attached personal reference forms to the individuals speaking on your behalf.

The cost of the training, which includes: registration, all training materials, exams, and certification with the State of Kentucky, will be FREE to all participants. These costs are underwritten by the HRSA OWEP Grant Number: T97HP33392.

Personal Reference Forms

Two letters of recommendation are required to be considered for the training. These references should come from members of your treatment team (i.e. healthcare provider, psychiatrist, therapist, group leader, employer if applicable). A reference from a sponsor is recommended. You are responsible for giving or emailing the attached personal reference request to the individuals speaking on your behalf.

Please have your references (2) address the following in an email to hardcastle@nku.edu:

  • The applicant’s demonstrated recovery over the past year;
  • Any strengths or assets the applicant may offer as a Peer Support Specialist;
  • And the applicant’s ability to share his/her recovery experiences

Application Opening November 1, 2021