Training Approach
We seek to create a positive, hopeful, strength-based training environment that emphasizes holistic wellness, through a process of mutual learning.

Recovery Definition
“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. (SAMHSA Working Definition of Recovery 2011).”

Peer Support Definition
“In general, a peer supporter is an individual who has made a personal commitment to his or her own recovery, has maintained that recovery over a period of time, has taken special training to work with others, and is willing to share what he or she has learned about recovery in an inspirational way (International Association of Peer Supporters).”

Trainings We Offer

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training
In 2007 Peer Support and Advocacy Network (PSAN) entered into an affiliation agreement with the Institute for Recovery and Community Integration (a division of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA) to provide State-approved Peer Specialist Certification Training in Western Pennsylvania.

CPS Supervisor Training
Under the terms of the aforementioned agreement, PSAN also offers State-approved Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor Training.

Older Adult Peer Specialist Training
Developed by faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, The Older Adult Peer Specialist Training is a, State-approved, enhanced certificate program, designed to help Certified Peer Specialists gain background knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective mental health peer support to individuals aged 60 and over.

WRAP Facilitator Training
PSAN also offers a 5-day Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Training developed by the Copeland Center. This training is designed to teach people how to properly implement WRAP in accordance with evidence-based practice standards. Individuals who complete this training are qualified to teach WRAP on a 1 to 1 basis, present introductory WRAP Seminars, and to lead 8-week WRAP groups.

People who have completed CPS training with PSAN are working in a variety of settings including:

  • Inpatient Settings
  • Drop-in Centers
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers
  • Mental Health Residential Programs
  • Crisis Centers
  • Peer Run Respite Centers
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facilities
  • Assertive Community Treatment Teams
  • Psychiatric Hospital Emergency Rooms
  • Geriatric Mental Health Units
  • Medicaid-billable Peer Specialist Programs
  • Contract-funded Peer Mentoring Programs
  • Warmlines
  • Recovery Training Programs
  • Peer Support Volunteer Work
  • Mental Health Advocacy Programs
  • Consumer/Family Satisfaction Teams
  • Transition-age Youth Programs









Replacement  CPS certificates can be ordered Here

For more information regarding trainings offered, fees, and scheduling contact PSAN’s Training Services Department at PSAN Training Services at 412-227-0402 ext. 374 or