Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) – Supplemental

The MHPS Specialty Training is an extensive program approved by HHSC (Health and Human Services Commission). Upon finishing the course and successfully passing the knowledge assessment, students will earn their certification.

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The MHPS (Mental Health Peer Specialist) Specialty Training offers a tailored curriculum aimed at equipping individuals with the essential abilities and insights to adeptly assist those facing mental health challenges on their path to recovery. This program is specifically crafted for individuals who have personally encountered mental health issues and aspire to leverage their unique experiences to bring about positive transformations in the lives of others.

What will you learn

Comprehensive overview of peer specialist work, including historical context and foundations.

Values and ethics guiding peer specialists, emphasizing language’s impact in peer specialist practice.

Five recovery process stages and their relevance to peer specialist practice, utilizing personal stories and experiences to support others.

Essential skills: active listening, holding space, group facilitation, promoting self-help, and understanding federal and state mental health systems’ impact on peer specialists.

Significance of the environment in mental health, problem-solving approaches, managing fear, considering the whole person in peer specialist practice.

Maintaining ethical boundaries, being an effective change agent, navigating power dynamics, and addressing conflicts with integrity.
About this course:


Jun 06 2023 - Mar 29 2024


All Day




In Person

Path to becoming a Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS)


40 Hours