MPN offers a host of trainings on many subjects around recovery. We have developed these to meet the needs of Montana and have drawn on information from other successful programs. Many of our trainings are free to attend and we offer them throughout Montana. You can also bring one of our trainings to your community for a fee. This is often more cost effective than sending several people to a training outside of your community. Visit our store for details. Click on the training title to read more about the training. Not all training is eligible for CEUs. Please check the description for CEU availability.

Most of our trainings are available virtually. Please visit our events page for schedule.

Trainings with an asterisk (*) are part of the PS102 training series.

Trainings with a plus sign (+) are part of the Recovery Organization Series.

Trainings with a pound sign (#) are part of Trail 4 in our Trailheads Project.

Are you thinking about becoming a peer supporter?
Are you unsure if peer support is the right career for you?
Do you need to know what the requirements are to become a peer supporter?
We have just the thing to help you decide!

Introducing Trailheads!

Trailheads will help you learn and understand your options, choose your trail and set professional goals, develop your skills and accomplish your goals!

General Information and Consumer Training

Want to learn more about recovery or peer support? Then this is the training for you! This 4 hour training covers the basics when is comes to recovery, the concepts, guiding principles, building a wellness toolbox and the role of peer support. This introductory training is designed for those who want to know more about recovery, those who are new to recovery or want to learn more about the recovery movement.

  • Section 1 – Preparing for Training
  • Section 2 – Introduction and Expectations
  • Section 3 – What is Recovery?
  • Section 4 – Knowing your own recovery
  • Section 5 – What is Peer Support?
  • Section 7 – Maintaining your own recovery
  • Section 8 – Wrap up and Resources
    Handouts, Homework, and Agenda

Register for the training on PAL Passport Project page.

This training is also required for Trail 4 of the Trailheads Project.

This training does not qualify for CEUs.

This training was developed in part under Statewide Consumer Networking Grant # 1H79SM062965-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Interviews, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

Course is designed for the development and enhancement of individual and network peer leadership and advocacy skills. How do we get a seat at the table, have our voice be heard and create real change.

Register for the training on PAL Passport Project page.

PAL Passport eligible

Learn how to bring MPN resources to your community as an affiliate. Affiliates can share resources, coordinate efforts, provide a unified voice, and offer training and presentations. Each affiliate brings a unique focus and perspective to the organization as a whole. MPN has a solid positive reputation in the state and affiliates can leverage that.

Register for the training on PAL Passport Project page.

This training does not qualify for CEUs.

This online training will help you understand the process for writing an Advanced Psychiatric Directive (APD) and the laws concerning them in Montana.

Register for the training on PAL Passport Project page.

The form and instructions below were created by Disability Rights Montana, based on the mental health care advance directives law, Title 53,Part 13, of the Montana Code Annotated (2012). The law says any signed, dated notarized document that expresses a person’s clear intention that it serve as a advance directive form, and no person may be required to use any particular form for creating a directive. Advance Directives may be entirely handwritten and out of state Advance Directives are valid if they meet Montana legal requirements.

This training is approved for the PAL Passport Project. This training qualifies for 1.5 CEUs for CBHPSS.

Download: Advance Psychiatric Directives Document   Instructions

PAL Passport Eligible

Learn about the basics of how boards function, what the expectations are, and how to be a leader and advocate for the recovery movement including:

  • Why to join a board or council
  • Roberts Rules of Order
  • Effective communication skills
  • Using Recovery Language
  • Solution Oriented
  • Being Assertive vs Aggressive

Register for the training on PAL Passport Project page.

This training qualifies for .75 CEUs for CBHPSS.

PAL Passport eligible

It is vital to develop win-win partnerships with other organizations to find ways to meet the needs of consumers and change systems. Join us to learn how you can build partnerships as a leader and advocate. This training will cover how to find common ground, build trust, and produce win-win results.

Register for the training on PAL Passport Project page.

This training qualifies for .75 CEUs for CBHPSS.

This 8 hour interactive training is an intrinsic approach to trauma-informed peer support. Over the course of the training, trainees will learn how to identify trauma, its effects, promote positive self-care strategies and gain an understanding of how peer support can be used in the healing process. Those with their own traumatic experiences will have the opportunity to grow their understanding of how to use those experiences to connect and support peers who are earlier in their trauma recovery journey.


  • Gain an understanding of trauma
  • Realize the effects of trauma
  • Develop insight to the healing and recovery of trauma
  • Learn strategies to exercise trauma-awareness in peer support

This training was developed in part under Statewide Consumer Networking Grant # 1H79SM062965-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Interviews, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

Montana’s Peer Network believes in the power of telling a recovery story. This training was created due to the many requests by our members to develop a simple, straight forward program to assist those in recovery in telling their story publicly.

A recovery story is very different than telling an illness-based story. A recovery story includes the celebration of overcoming, it tells of positive change and of inspiration. A recovery story is contagious to those who hear it, planting a seed of hope or a whisper of courage. In this training you will find an outline for developing your own recovery story for presentation to an audience. You do not need any previous training or experience as a public speaker. In order to tell your recovery story effectively, though, you do need to prepare. For the presenter, telling your recovery story in front of an audience can be empowering, inspiring, nerve-racking and thrilling all at the same time. Recovery stories change the lives of the listeners. Stories change the life of the presenter too.

This training includes personal reflections, educational background and an outline for telling your own story.

In response to the opioid epidemic, HB333 was passed into law as the Help Save Lives from Overdose Act. This act extends liability protections to public safety, firefighters, school nurses and any person who takes this class when administering Naloxone to a suspected overdose in the course of their duties.

Naloxone General User led training fulfills the DPHHS approved training requirement of the Act. this training requires and online session and a hands on classroom session.
30-90 Minute On-Line learning Module (please complete prior to attending the classroom session. Portal:
90 Minute Classroom Skills Training Session

Master Trainer Course and Re-certification

Completion of Part One, the online Naloxone Master Trainer course is required prior to attending a skills training session. This access will be emailed to you upon registration for the hands-on session. It can also be obtained by emailing

Completion of the Naloxone Master Trainer program authorizes individuals to conduct Naloxone Training for those eligible for liability protections when administering Naloxone to a suspected opiate overdose in Montana under the 2017 Help Save Lives from Overdose Act (HB333). 

For more information or to register for training, contact Jason McNees a Helena Indian Alliance Leo Pocha Clinic (406) 443-9244.

While our trauma is neither our identity nor our destiny, we often become imprisoned in the past and immobilized in our present when our experience of pain overwhelms our ability to overcome, inevitably inhibiting our hope and the possibility of future opportunity.  This 2-hour training focuses on the tools, skills, and best practices that are instrumental to intervening amid another’s crisis experience.  We learn how to divert others away from distressed thinking, and redirect them into a space of acceptance, awareness, and reflection that ignites hope, motivates self-empowerment, and inspires self-directed healing.

An outlook through a unique lens where people and populations are individualized. Humanizing each experience we have, can allow safe spaces to be developed. in giving individuals the much-needed support, connection, and room to heal and grow.
As you go through this training be expected to normalize the new status quo and develop abilities to be a positive support system through individualized humanizing and allowing transparency to occur. We will walk you through a cultural humility outlook, that’s much needed in all areas of work, life, and wellness. Specifically on the dynamics of Montana, within our Indigenous & Veteran Culture. Coming from life experience and lineage into a Universal shared space, for you to grow and learn.


Peer Coaching Series#

The Montana Peer Network has specifically created the Peer Coach Basic Training Education course (listed below)  for you to learn techniques to effectively support and serve those in need.This training series is designed to introduce peer coaching, providing guidance as you move forward supporting others.  You will learn about the foundation of peer coaching, how to provide effective self-directed support for others, and information on possible career-advancement as you gain time in your own recovery.These courses are designed for those who wish to increase their support skills but do not intend to become Certified Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialists.

The Peer Coaching Series does not qualify for CEUs.

This training is required for Trail 4 of the Trailheads Project.


This chapter provides the basics of Peer Coaching including the 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery, making a connection through shared experiences, providing support, resources and effectively responding to those in need.

This chapter describes the importance of healthy boundaries, proper self-care techniques when supporting others and tips on avoiding the cumulative impact of supporting others that can even derail the strongest peer coaches.

This chapter provides a snapshot of trauma, the impact of trauma on individuals, its long-term effects and strategies that can be deployed by peer coaches. The 4 R’s of trauma awareness, realize, recognize, respond and avoid re-traumatization.

Afterwards it is important to unpack the coaching experience to stay balance and be ready for the next mission. Includes the development of a self-care plan.

Training for supervisors, organizations, and employers

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

Peer Support Program Essentials explores best practices for recovery programs including:

  • 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery
  • Leadership
  • Culture
  • Peer Support
  • Barriers
  • Resources
  • Data
  • Funding

This is a hands on training with in class exercises and discussion for recovery program staff to lay the ground work for success. This training includes handouts with self evaluation for each domain.

What is recovery? How does your program embrace these principles? How will you demonstrate the effectiveness of the recovery program? These are just a few of the questions we will be discussing and hopefully, answering in this training. Come prepared to work, this is not a passive training and requires attendee participation. This training can be provided virtually or in person.

4 CEUs Available


This half day training (4 hours) is intended for employers or providers of peer services, or those who intended to start up peer services in their organization. Such as – Managers, Directors, and Supervisors.

Peer Supporters are the newest edition to the behavioral health field. They utilized their “lived experience in recovery” to support clients in their recovery journey. Sounds simple, right?  Yet, it can be a complex process. The most common question we are asked is, “What do peer supporters do?” We will explore that topic and all of those complexities of recruiting, hiring, training, supporting and maintaining peer support staff in this training.

This training explores the following:

  • History of peer support
  • Employer assessment and readiness evaluation
  • Peer Supporter Standards
  • Hiring and support for peer support staff
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Programing

Email us for more information.

This training was developed in part under Statewide Consumer Networking Grant # 1H79SM062965-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Interviews, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

Training to Become a BHPSS or Develop Skills

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. 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.

Find out more about PS 101.

PS102 consists of 9 training segments and 38 total CEs when completed. Trainings with an asterisk (*) in the above lists are part of PS102.

MPN has been trained by the National Trauma Informed Center in Washington DC as facilitators of Trauma Informed Peer Support. This is an 6 hour interactive training that provides an introduction to and over of the key concepts in SAMHSA’s technical assistance document, Engaging Women in Trauma Informed Peer Support: A GuidebookAlthough the guidebook was developed to support women, the training itself has been adapted for all trauma survivors.

The intended audience is peer support staff, those who receive peer support, anyone who works in a setting where peer support is provided and of course trauma survivors.

“Studies show that 90% of people with psychiatric diagnosis are trauma survivors.”

Training Agenda:

  • Introduction to Peer Support
  • Trauma and its Impact
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Trauma Informed Peer Support
  • Understanding Self Injury
  • Personal Narratives and Social Action
  • Q & A

Visit the Events page to register.

This training was developed in part under Statewide Consumer Networking Grant # 1H79SM062965-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Interviews, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

The Professional Development module of PS102 includes:

  • Continuing Education
  • Mentoring
  • Self-Care

Professional development is an integrative module that combines continuing education (a requirement for ongoing CBHPSS certification & licensure), mentoring support, and self-care.  Individually, each promotes personal and professional awareness and helps ensure that a CBHPSS maintains current practices and skills essential to supporting others in recovery.  Collectively, these aspects merge to promote professionalism and the integrity of the CBHPSS workforce.  This PS102 module is designed to facilitate awareness of why continuing education is important and highlight the inevitably positive, intersectional influence of workforce mentoring and self-care throughout all dimensions of a peer specialist’s personal and professional experience, support professional development, and enhance the support we provide.

The Workforce Integrity Module of PS102 includes:

  • Model for Peer Support
  • Providing Virtual Peer Support
  • Clinical Supervision Best Practices
  • Boundaries & Ethics

Cultivating and maintaining personal and professional integrity is imperative to the success and sustainability of the peer workforce.  This PS102 segment returns CBHPSS to the foundations of peer-to-peer work by combining a review of the Model for Peer Support, tips and tricks to providing effective and HIPAA-compliant virtual support services, and best practices for clinical supervision.  Additionally, the Workforce Integrity module highlights the importance of cultivating and enforcing healthy boundaries and promotes adherence to ethical standards that model personal recovery and establish the credibility required to develop professional sustainability and maintain the integrity of the CBHPSS workforce.


For more information about training, please email us.


MPN trainings and presentations have been featured at:

SAMHSA Statewide Consumer Networking Institute

Mental Health Policy Summit

BRSS TACS webinar Series

Stone Child College

North Dakota Consumer Network Conference

Peerpocolypse, Oregon

Helena College

Blackfoot College

Little Big Horn College

Primary Care Association

Crisis Intervention Team training

NAMI Mental Health Conference

Integrated Behavioral Health Summit

Eastern Montana Mental Health Conference

Board of Crime Control Annual Conference

Reentry Task Force

Eastern Montana Community Mental Health

Riverstone Health

BRSS TACS Recovery LIVE! Web Series

Alternatives Conference, Tennessee

Billings Clinic

Live Well 49

Glacier Community Health Center

Western Montana Mental Health Center

Center 4 Mental Health

Mental Health Oversight Advisory

Service Area Authorities
Western, Central, Eastern

Local Advisory Councils
Big Timber, Bozeman, Butte, Glasgow, Great Falls, Helena, Livingston, Missoula, Miles City, Townsend, Virginia City