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. 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.

Next Training Date
November 4-8, Helena

February 2020 in Missoula

“…very happy with the training…”

“…thought it was wonderful.”

“Jim was very inactive with the group. It was fun and interesting. Wouldn’t change a thing.”

“Everything was well thought out and presented well.”

“Interactive learning.”

“Excellent course.”

“All great, Jim rocks, it was all great!”

“Jim is an excellent trainer.”

“…great training all around!”

“thank you so much!”

“…you kept us engaged and interested”

“I really learned some more tools for my job and do appreciate you introducing us all, was a pleasure and an honor to be in that training.”

Trainings are rotated regionally across Montana each quarter in February, May, August, and November. Please see our Upcoming Events page for the most up-to-date list of trainings.
If there is not an upcoming training in your area and you have at least 12 qualified peer supporters please email us to discuss the possibility of a private training.
For information on state certification for peer supporters click here

PS 101 Topics Covered

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

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

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

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

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, 10 homework assignments, and an exam. 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.

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.

If you have any questions about the training, please contact us at 406-551-1058. If you have trouble completing opening this application email us to request 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 $750. We also offer group discounts. Payments can be made by check 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. Some travel assistance is available.

If you don’t pass the Peer Support 101 training you cannot just retake the exam, you must retake the entire course. You need to come to the training prepared to spend adequate time in class and on homework assignments in order to pass the course. This is an intensive training and you must be at all schedule times and complete all homework assignments. We offer a limited number of trainings each year and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to retake the class on the next training date.

Yes. Montana’s Peer Network can print you a new certificate and send it to you for $10. Please email your name, address, and date of training. You will also need to pay for the certificate in our store. Please be advised that it may take up to two weeks for you to receive your replacement certificate.