Peer Support 101

Peer Support 101 Training


Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist training

Montana’s Peer Network has developed a comprehensive 40 hour training program to provide you with basic education and instruction around the most important elements of peer support work. This empowering and highly interactive training include topics such as: whole health recovery, one on one work, support group facilitation, ethics and standards, confidentiality, change model, recovery concepts and much, much more. During this training there will be role play, group discussion, homework and yes a test. This training is designed to allow the participant to develop core competencies of peer support. Gain better understanding of their own recovery story, build upon strengths, network with other peer supporters and understand the important role peer support can play in the recovery process. Upon successful completion of this training participants will receive a certificate of completion from Montana’s Peer Network. This course meets the National Practice Standards for Peer Supporters and the guideline set up by the Montana Peer Support Task Force and the guidelines for Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist Certification .

The fee for this training is $500. We also offer group discounts. If you are interested in applying for this training please complete the application below. If you have any questions please contact us at 406-551-1058.

There is currently no fee for Peer Support 101 training thanks to a Statewide Consumer Networking grant from SAMHSA. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) Grant # 1H79SM062965-01

PSS 101 Training Application no fee

Prerequisite training’s for Peer Support 101 –

  • Applicant for BHPSS certification
  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshop
  • Intro to Recovery
  • NAMI’s Peer to Peer
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • any behavioral health license
  • others may be accepted; please note on application


If you have trouble opening this application email and he will send you a WORD version.

After your application is received you will receive notice of approval along with instructions regarding your training. This includes pre-reading, homework and preparation materials to be completed before training.


Payments can be made one of two ways. You can pay by check by made out to Montana’s Peer Network. Or you can pay by credit card from our home page. On the bottom right corner click the Donate button and you can enter you credit card information through secure Pay Pal.


Training Schedule


Billings – February 13-16, 2017  Radisson Hotel & Convention Center

Missoula – March 20-23, 2017  Ruby’s Inn and Convention Center – This training is now full. When you apply your name will be added to a waiting list.

Livingston – August 10-11 Aug 14-15 2017 –


March 28- 31 2016 – Missoula -Winds of Change MHC

April 11-14 2016 Butte WMMHC

August 15-18, 2016  Sunburst Mental Health Center Kalispell, 2282 US Highway 93 S, 406-756-8721

Livingston – October 17- 20th 2016



April 7-10, 2015 – Helena

May 19-22, 2015 – Butte  (2 slots remain) rescheduled 

June 2-5, 2015


Peer Support 101 Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Recovery

Introduction, Orientation and Expectations,  Foundation, History and Types of Peer Support, Recovery, Concepts, Dimensions and Guiding Principles

Chapter 2 Professionalism

Peer Support, Role and Scope, Recovery Team, Recovery Talks, Mentoring, Self Care, Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies, Clinical Supervision, Benefits Planning, Continuing Education

Chapter 3Peer Supporter Skills

Communication Skills, Trauma Informed Care, Cultural Understanding and Bias, Providing Support, Stages of Change, Suicide Prevention, Recovery and Wellness Planning, Advocacy, Recovery Stories, Boundaries and Ethics, Confidentiality and HIPPA, Documentation

Chapter 4 – Resources

Montana State System, Resources state and national, Sample Worksheets, Homework assignments, Training Evaluation,  Test











2 Responses to Peer Support 101

  1. Rey Carr says:

    Can you keep us on your mailing list to let us know about scheduled trainings so we can inform our members, subscribers, and web visitors through our list of Peer Training Events at

    If you’d like to be on our mailing list to receive our advertising-free and commercial-free newsletter, you can sign up at

    Best wishes with your peer-based recovery activities.

    Rey Carr

  2. Hello I am a student at the University of Utah. I am working with some professors at the College of Social Work together with the Technology Development Center. We have developed a new PSS Curriculum in response to a request from the state of Utah. We are looking if other states would be interested in looking into this new curriculum. Do you currently have a curriculum you use to train your specialists? If so, where did you get it? Do you have a need or interest in looking a new curriculum for possible adoption into your program? I appreciate your response. This will help validate the purpose of our curriculum or not. Thanks

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