Education & Employment
Certified Peer Recovery Specialists in Tennessee must complete ten continuing education hours each year and five of those 10 must be face-to-face in a live classroom setting. The other five can be computer based learning or online webinars. One hour of the 10 must be in ethics. See the continuing education requirements in the CPRS Handbook here.
Some trainings do not apply in being certified as a Peer Recovery Specialist, such as first aid, driving safety, food safety handing, etc. In addition, clinical trainings cannot be used for CPRS continuing education because it is a violation of the CPRS Code of Ethics for a CPRS to provide clinical treatment.
CPRS’s are encouraged to seek pre-approval for any trainings and to make sure they are approved for CPRS continuing education hours by emailing CPRS.TDMHSAS@tn.gov with the description of the training or by calling the Helpline at 800-560-5767.
The following are a variety of links to various trainings and webinars pertinent to Certified Peer Recovery Specialists.
For training on Ethics; WRAP One on One. Cost $15.00 Click here.
Once certified, every CPRS is eligible for 2 free Continuing Education Trainings per year from TAADAS. To view their training calendar, please Click here.
Magellan Health Various CEHs (courses include peer specialists 101: research, core competencies & ethics, the five stages in recovery, using your recovery story, effective supervision of peer specialists)
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance- DBSA (courses include using your story, the coaching movement, peer-led health self-management, effective peer support groups, complementary roles of peer specialists and clinical staff) There is a cost for these courses.
DBSA - Employment Literacy Course
The DBSA Peer Leadership Center Employment Literacy course is designed to give you the information and tools you need to find, apply for, and work at a new job. This self-paced course lets you decide what information you need depending on where you are in your employment journey. You can choose the topics and interviews relevant to you. In this course, the main focus is gaining employment as a peer specialist, but much of the content and recommendations are useful even if you’re not applying to be a peer specialist.
Remember to properly document your attendance with either a certificate or screenshot of the last slide signed or video credits by you and your supervisor. For additional instructions on how to do this click here
To find out what qualifies as an acceptable Certified Peer Recovery Specialist CEH click here
Click Here for a series of free webinars on the peer specialist and recovery support movement.