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.

General Information and Consumer Training

PAL Passport Eligible

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

This training is approved for the PAL Passport Project.

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.

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.

PAL Passport Eligible

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

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.

Download: Advance Psychiatric Directives Document   Instructions

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.

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

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.

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.

PAL Passport eligible

Learn skills that will help you become a leader and advocate in the recovery movement.

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.

Combination of online learning, homework, and in person training to help you develop additional skills as a peer supporter and learn about new developments in peer support. Participants must be Certified Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialists.

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

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.

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. Topics include:

  • Boundaries
  • Ethics
  • Vulnerability
  • Empathy
  • Secondary Trauma
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Self-care
  • Roles

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.

6 CEU’s available for CBHPSS.

Montana’s Peer Network has developed a comprehensive 20-hour training program to equip peer supporters with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide peer support to individuals seeking recovery in the criminal justice system.  Certified Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialists (cBHPSS) will get a detailed description of the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM), how to navigate within each specific intercept socially and culturally, and forms of support and data collection pertaining to each intercept.  During Peer Support in the Criminal Justice System cBHPSS will have the opportunity to analyze in detail the ethical dilemmas and other barriers that may play a part in the success of peer support in the criminal justice system.  The training will include homework assignments, role plays, class exercises, discussion, and an exam to better prepare individuals for adversity and challenges in the different intercepts, or spaces between each phase of the criminal justice system.

Applicants must complete the application form and must have lived experience in the criminal justice system. The fee for this course is $230. For more information, email Jim.

Topics include:

  • Barriers & Bias
  • Sequential Intercept Model Overview
  • Addressing Criminal Thinking
  • Hierarchy of Needs
  • Addressing our trauma
  • Navigating Complex Relationships
  • Advocacy
  • Code of Ethics
  • Resources

Training for supervisors, organizations, and employers

MPN is no longer offering Clinical Supervision training free of charge. If you are interested in this training, please contact Jim for a consultation. You can find an introductory presentation and additional information on our Resources page under the Clinical Supervision tab.

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

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.

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

Recovery Program Must-Haves 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.

Offered online at various times of the year. Free to paid BHPSS members
$60 fee for others payable online on our store.
Space is limited
6 CEU\’s available
Email us to register.

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