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December 20, 2018

Join us for our next Certified Peer Counselor Training!

April 23rd through April 27th, 2018 from 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: King County, WA 

A peer experiences a Certified Peer Counselor as someone who has walked in their shoes and has first-hand intimate knowledge of the challenges they face. The Certified Peer Counselor ideally inspires hope and a clear vision that recovery is possible and is the expected outcome of the services provided in a peer support relationship.  The peer support relationship is one of mutual respect and dignity designed specifically for positive outcomes.

In Washington State, a peer relationship in the context of providing peer support could be described as:

 A relationship developed for the sole purpose of assisting an individual with mental health challenges to improve their quality of life, as they define their quality of life.  The assistance is provided by an individual with lived experience in mental health and who has experienced personal recovery.

 Certified Peer Counselors work in a variety of settings, however, they most frequently work for community mental health agencies (CMHAs) or consumer run organizations (CROs).

For more information, please contact: Jon San Nicolas with the Behavioral Health Workforce Collaborative at Washington State University at jonathan.sannicolas@wsu.edu

For more information about how to become a Certified Peer Counselor please visit the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) website: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/bha/division-behavioral-health-and-recovery/peer-support or contact:

Mary Chambers

Peer Support Administrative Assistant DSHS Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery 

Email: chambmj@dshs.wa.gov

 Phone: 360-725-1325 Mailing 

Address: PO Box 45330, Olympia WA 98503