MPN offers a variety of Peer Support trainings to meet your needs. You can find a list of available training dates on our Upcoming Events page.
Details of each training opportunity can be found below.

Become Trauma Aware

“Become Trauma Aware” is an 8-hour interactive training. The 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.

9:00am – 9:30am        Introductions
9:30am – 11:00am     Goal 1: Gain an understanding of trauma
11:00am – 12:30pm   Goal 2: Realize the effects of trauma
12:30pm – 1:30pm      Lunch Break
1:30pm – 3:00pm      Goal 3: Develop insight to the healing and recovery of trauma
3:00pm-4:30pm         Goal 4: Learn strategies to exercise trauma-awareness in peer support
4:30pm – 5:00pm       Survey and Wrap-Up

“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.”

Navigating Complex Relationships in Peer Support

With Peer Support gaining so much momentum, it is vital we employ best practices and professionalism in the field. Healthy boundaries are imperative to ensure the safety of our clients, our agencies, and ourselves. As peer supporters we are charged with the task to aid in the facilitation of the recovery process for others in a very specific way, sharing hope through our stories and experience. However, as people in recovery, sometimes boundaries are unfamiliar ground and difficult to navigate.
During this 6 hour training we will have an opportunity to learn more about how proper use of boundaries, both professional and personal, can protect Peer Support as a movement and our beloved Peer Support Specialists. We will learn what professional boundaries look like and skills we can use to improve our boundaries when working with others, especially those who are in a vulnerable place in life. The presentation will describe difficulties regarding boundaries and ethics. Furthermore, it will illustrate the negative impact resulting from failure to utilize healthy boundaries. The training will conclude with a discussion and peers will have a chance to talk about challenges they have faced in the field, and possibly gain some new insight. Together we can learn how to avoid consequences of practicing without boundaries and most effectively serve others.
For more information, email
6 CEU’s available for CBHPSS.

Intro. to Recovery

Want to learn more about recovery or peer support? Then this is the training for you! This 8 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.

Introduction to Peer Support

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

“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.”

Contact Jim Hajny, 406-551-1058 or to schedule a training in your community.

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
10 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 apply to attend PS101?

You must be in stable recovery for at least two years to take the course. Peer Supporters currently working in the field will have priority but you must sign up early to ensure your spot. Seats are extremely limited.

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.

If you are interested in a private PS101 training for your staff, please contact Jim.

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.

Please send your name, address, and date of training to You will also need to pay for the certificate in our store.

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

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

Clinical Supervision Training

Clinical supervisor training (7 CEUs) is offered through:
Lynette Rodi, MA, LCPC, LAC
Journeys Consulting, LCC

Training Overview:

The work that we do in the world of mental health is incredible.  We are given the great honor of interacting with fellow humans who are walking a path on which they are experiencing pain, disillusionment, hopelessness, and even suffering to varying degrees.  We are invited into their worlds, into their pain and stories, and they allow us to offer whatever strength and encouragement we have.  This is amazing.  It’s awe-inspiring!  What a gift.    At the same time, our work is stressful, frustrating, overwhelming, demanding, and sometimes downright heartbreaking.  Too many of us get driven to the brink of despair.  We can feel helpless, hopeless, or worse…apathetic.  We need support and guidance.  We need mentorship.  We need to know we’re not alone.  Clinical supervision is one way to meet these needs.  Too often, though, even when supervision is provided, many entities are providing a “check the box” kind of supervision that doesn’t meet the needs of those it serves.  Many times this happens because clinical supervisors are given the title, but not offered the support they need in knowing what supervision is or how to provide it.   This training offers the what and how of clinical supervision and encourages and empowers you to offer your best self in your role as clinical supervisor.

Topics covered: 
What is clinical supervision?
What is leadership?
Nuts and Bolts
Functions and Roles, Models, Characteristics and Skills and Agreements 
Legal and Ethical Issues
Decision Making, Ethical Vulnerabilities, Liability (direct and indirect) and Other Safeguards
The “How”
Which model?  Which leadership style?  Self-Assessment, Getting to know supervisees, P&P of agency and HR, Getting supervision of your own Meetings, Structure and types, Setting goals and assessing, Handling difficult situations/conversations
Mindful Leadership and Positive Psychology in Leadership
Compassion Fatigue – Keeping yourself and your supervisees invested and empowered

Next training

November 1, 2018  Helena to register email

Please contact Katie Sorenson (, 406-551-1058)  for further information on locations and dates for Clinical Supervisor trainings

**The National Association of Social Workers also offers a 20 CEU course. Go to their website to find out more.**

Provider/Employer Training

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

Contact Executive Director Jim Hajny for questions, or to schedule a training at or 406-551-1058

“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.”

Trauma Informed Peer Support

MPN has been trained by the National Trauma Informed Center in Washington DC as facilitators of Trauma Informed Peer Support. We offer this training  under a Statewide Consumer Networking Grant # 1H79SM062965-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services. (HHS). There is no fee associated with the presentation of this training.

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 Guidebook. Although the guidebook was developed to support women, the training itself has been adapted for all trauma survivors. This guidebook can be downloaded here.

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

Contact Katie at 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.”

Recovery Talks

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 publically.

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.

To bring this training to your community contact Jim Hajny at 406-551-1058 or for a quote. Fee $200 plus travel expenses.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning™ or WRAP

Mary Ellen Copeland created Wellness Recovery Action Planning™ (WRAP) after extensive research was conducted with people who experienced mental health difficulties, their struggle to stay well, and the strategies they implemented in their life that enhanced recovery.  Wellness Recovery Action Planning ™ (WRAP) is an individualized, person-centered, self-directed, recovery tool that heightens personal awareness and encourages the development of healthy strategies for managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Wellness Recovery Action Planning™ (WRAP) is a structured system to monitor uncomfortable and distressing symptoms that can help reduce, modify or eliminate those symptoms by using planned responses.  It also includes plans for managing crisis.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning™ WRAP as an Evidence Based Practice

According to Dr. Judith Cook, studies show that self-management –or a person’s determination to get better, manage the illness, take action, face problems, and make choices — facilitates recovery from mental illnesses (Allott et al., 2002).  Self-managed care strategies are as varied as people themselves.

Using the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence Rating Guidelines (1992), the research evidence base for WRAP is at Level IIb.  That is, there is evidence from one or more non-controlled, well-designed quasi-experimental studies that the intervention leads to behavioral or attitudinal change.

Montana’s Peer Network sponsors many WRAP activities around Montana, including WRAP workshops, Facilitator Training’s, Refresher workshops, telephonic support groups and mentoring. We also can provide presentations and information about Wellness Recovery Action Planning. Please contact our office at 406-551-1058 or Jim Hajny for inquiries.

What We Expect from WRAP Facilitators

Mary Ellen Copeland Video


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