Peer Support 101

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 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 .

Information on state certification for peer supporters click here

What will I learn in PS101?

Chapter 1 – Recovery                                

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

Chapter 2 – Professionalism

Montana Peer Support Task Force
Role and Scope
Boundaries and Ethics
Recovery Team
Recovery Talks
Clinical Supervision
Benefits Planning, FMLA and Accommodations
Continuing Education

Chapter 3 – Peer Supporter Skills

Communication Skills
Emotional Intelligence
Trauma Informed Care
Cultural Understanding and CLAS Standards
Personal Bias
Providing Support
Goal Setting
Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies
Stages of Change
Situational Awareness
Suicide Intervention
Recovery and Crisis Planning
Advance Psychiatric Directive
Recovery Stories
Confidentiality, Reporting, HIPAA and Documentation

Chapter 4 – Resources  

Montana State System
Resources state and national
8 Homework assignments
Training Evaluation


When is the next PS101 training?

Please see our Upcoming Events page for the most up-to-date list of training’s.

Billings February 18- 22, 2019

Central Region – April with location TBD

Hardin May 6-10, 2019


Trainings are rotated regionally across Montana each quarter. (west, central and east) If there is not a upcoming training in your area and you have at least 12 qualified peer supporters please contact indicating your interest in having a training near you.


How do I register for PS101?

Peer Support 101 is a 40 hour peer support training intended for current peer supporters or those intending to apply for peer support positions. Before you register, please be aware that the training consists of 5 eight hour days in classroom with 10 homework assignments and you must have an overall score of 80% to pass the training.

If you are interested in applying for this training please complete the online application. NOTE: Before starting the application, please know the location and dates of the training you would like to attend. The locations and dates of upcoming trainings can be found here.

If you have any questions about the training, please contact us at 406-551-1058. If you have trouble completing opening this application email and he will send you a pdf 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.

The fee for this training is $500. We also offer group discounts. 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 through secure Pay Pal here.

NOTE: 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


How far in advance do I need to sign up for a PS101 training?

In order to secure your seat at a training, you need to register two weeks prior to the training start date. Late applications will only be accepted if the training is not yet full. We also recommend signing up early because homework will be sent out two weeks before the training and class size is limited. Not having completed all the homework assignments by the first day of training can affect your ability to pass the course.

I passed the PS101 training but I’ve lost my certificate, can I get another one?

Yes. Montana’s Peer Network can print you a new certificate and send it to you for $10.

What happens if I don’t pass the PS101 class? Can I retake the test?

If you don’t pass the Peer Support 101 training you cannot just retake the test, you must retake the entire course

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