Certified Peer Specialists

Are you interested in helping others through their recovery journey?  Would you like to use your knowledge and lived experience to make a difference in the lives of others?  Read on for more information about how to become a Certified Peer Specialist.

The CPS application period is open now through February 10, 2023.

Applicants for this class must attend Storytelling training. Virtual storytelling classes are now available.

If you are interested in being trained to be a Certified Peer Specialist, download the most recent application and submit the application along with all required attachments via email.

Please refer all questions and concerns to: DBHIDS.PeerCulture@phila.gov

Who can become a Peer Specialist?

In accordance to the OMHSAS definition of CPS, DBHIDS requires applicants to meet the follow criteria:

  • A self-identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now using those services
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing
  • Within the last three years has 12 months (not necessarily consecutive) full or part-time paid or volunteer work experience; one year of college or other educational experience (within the last three years) can be substituted for the work experience
  • Ability to establish trusting relationships with their peers
  • Commitment to recovery, choice, and empowerment
  • Completion of Storytelling training.

How do I apply to become a Certified Peer Specialist?

If you are interested in being trained to be a Certified Peer Specialist:

PLEASE NOTE:  There are a limited number of slots available for the class.   This is a competitive process with no guarantee of employment after the training. Only 20 applicants will be selected.   Applications that are received incomplete will not be processed.

Please be mindful that this is a no-cost professional training for residents of Philadelphia only.  A completed application does not guarantee interview selection.  An interview selection does not guarantee training selection.

Check the Calendar for Upcoming Storytelling Training Dates
Download the Application