The Peer Support Program prepares students for careers in the helping professions. We train students to work in Social Services Agencies; helping others overcome social barriers, such as poverty, abuse, addiction, oppression and mental health challenges. The Peer Support program supports the development of relationship-building skills and recovery support that benefits anyone on their personal recovery journey from mental health and substance use disorders. It is for those with lived experience, or who have a family member with lived experience. The program teaches the 13 domains of the Peer Support level of care.
The Peer Support Certificate prepares individuals to apply to the State of Nebraska to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist (C.P.S.S.). CPSS use their lived experience to offer hope to others who are working on recovery. The State certification, along with your knowledge and lived experience, will open opportunities for employment at addiction and/or mental health treatment agencies, recovery community organizations, recovery homes, drug courts, hospitals, and other support agencies.
There are a number of options available for those wanting to pursue attainment of the Peer Support Specialist Certification from the State of Nebraska. The program can be taken as:
- Option 1: A 16-credit hour academic certificate, that can be completed in one year.
- Option 2: The 16-credit hour Peer Support Certificate courses can be taken alongside the Human Services Associates Degree. This empowers students to graduate with both the Peer Support Certificate, as well as the Human Services Associates of Arts Degree at the same time.
- Option 3: An accelerated non-credit course that includes 90 hours of instruction as well as 135 hours of on-site practicum experience.
Scholarships and financial support may be available after acceptance into the Peer Support Certificate classes.
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