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US. Peer Specialist Training Program

Turn your life experience into a career helping others!

The Us Progam is a Peer Specialist Training and Employment Program available for young adults who have overcome mental health and or substance use challenges and would like to give back to their community.

Program Structure

  • All program participants are to go through the WISE U Peer Training Academy scheduled to take place over a 2-week period.
  • Wise U Peer Training Academy will be 50% In-person training and  50% online training.
  • The WISE U Peer Training Academy will be 80 hours long and the hours will be paid at $15.00 per hour. The Wise U Peer Training Academy will be 50% In-person training and  50% online training.
  • The Cal Voices Wise U Training will be provided through a Learning Management System to accommodate participants’ personal schedules and to alleviate student concerns about COVID-19 exposure. Live review and Q&A will be provided weekly.
  • The Wise U Training Academy Courses include: Recovery 101; Peer Support; Managing Up; Ethics, Boundaries; Group Facilitation; Recovery Planning 101; and Mental Health First Aid.
  • Program graduates will receive a WISE U Training Academy Certificate of Completion.
  • WISE U Training Academy graduates will be received placement assistance into a full-time or part-time paid or volunteer peer position in the mental health field.
  • All program graduates will be mentored to continue their education in the MBH field and will receive career counseling on education programs and career advancement opportunities.

Internship Requirements

  • Age 18-24
  • Personal Experience with the process of recovery from mental illness, substance use, or both.
  • Must be interested in the mental health service industry.

Graduates from Peer-to-Peer youth training programs such as  SETA’s Peers Helping Peers and PRO Youth and Families Mind916 are highly encouraged to apply.