Application for NAMI Multnomah March 2019 Veteran Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST)

NAMI Multnomah is pleased to offer this Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST) for adults in Mental Health recovery. In collaboration with Cultivating a New Life, this curriculum is entitled, Warriors in Recovery: Forging an Alliance of Peers. It is a Peer Support Specialist Training specific to veterans, transitioning service members, and/or their families. The training was developed and will be facilitated by Fumiyo Nishimoto, MSW, LCSW and a panel of peer veteran facilitators.

Warriors in Recovery: Forging an Alliance of Peers is a 50-hour, comprehensive training program designed to inform and empower individuals wishing to work as peers for veterans and their families within peer-delivered services and/or community settings. The training assists individuals past or presently affected by mental health services, mental health system survival, addiction(s), co-occurring disorder(s), chronic health difficulties and traumatic experience(s), as they re-enter the community utilizing naturally occurring support.

The core elements of this program include wellness coping skills and WRAP training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), all from a social justice framework with an emphasis on trauma-informed care, cultural humility model and narrative approaches. Through a narrative approach, participants will recognize the power of the stories that they tell themselves, and how to reconstruct their life narrative according to person-centered principles that will assist them in reducing the influence of problems in their lives.

Individuals who complete the 50 hour PSST training are eligible to become Oregon State Certified Peer Support Specialists for adult mental health under the Traditional Health Worker (THW) program. The training consists of 50 classroom hours and a written exam.

This training is offered at no cost to veterans, transitioning service members and/or their families.

**Class size, however, is limited to 30 participants and preference is given to those already volunteering or working in peer support roles, or those with clear goals to do so.**

Applications open Monday December 3rd, 2018.

***PSST Training Requirements***
-You must identify as a peer under one or more of the following:
-A self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; or,
-A family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of mental health services.
-Must be at least 18 years of age.
-Must be a veteran, transitioning service member, and/or family member.
-Must not be listed on the Medicaid Provider Exclusion List.

-Ability to attend a pre-training orientation on Thursday, March 7th from 6:00pm-7:00pm in North Portland
-Ability to attend the entirety of the 50-hour/6 day training in North Portland:
March 8th-9th, (Friday- Saturday), 8:30am-5:00pm each day
March 15th-16th, (Friday- Saturday), 8:30am-5:00pm each day
March 22nd-23rd, (Friday- Saturday), 8:30am-5:00pm each day

All applicants will be notified of decisions for the training by email by 5pm on Friday, February 22nd, 2019

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