Peer Support 101

Montana’'s Peer Network has developed a comprehensive training program to provide you with basic education and instruction around the most important elements of peer support work. We were the first provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Health to meet the training requirements for obtaining certification as a Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist.

This empowering and highly interactive training includes 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. This unique training experience provides hands on learning, role play examples, and group discussion that isn’t available in online or computer based trainings and a personal connection to other peer supporters around the state.

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.

MPN recently updated the way we present this training. Instead of spending 5 days in-person, each participant will be required to attend 3 part-day instructor led virtual sessions, complete homework assignments, and attend 3 in-person days. This will make it easier for organizations to cover the costs of travel and lodging for training and cut down on the need to travel on weekends. Virtual sessions will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with assignments and quizzes to complete between sessions. Participants will not be admitted to a session without having completed the assignments from the previous session. Participants who complete the three virtual days and the assigned homework will be allowed to attend.

Watch the video below for more details.

You must complete an application to be considered for PS 101.

Peer Supporters currently working in the field will have priority but you must sign up early to ensure your spot. Seats are extremely limited.

You must have an overall score of 80% to pass the course. This includes homework, class participation, and the final exam.

You will receive a certificate of course completion to submit with your Certified Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist application


Orientation and Expectations


History and Types of Peer Support

Peer Supporter Toolbox

Recovery Concepts

Dimensions and Guiding Principles