Become A Certified Peer Specialist

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Peer Support

Peer support helps people prevent illness, manage chronic illnesses, cope with stress or emotional and psychological challenges, engage those who are poorly reached by health care systems and interventions, and reduces unnecessary care such as multiple hospital admissions for the same problem.

MAS-SSF peer specialists provide culturally, spiritually, religiously, and linguistically relevant counseling in five languages: English, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Pashto, and Urdu.

Peer support was declared an evidence-based practice by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2007.

How does this training benefit me?

  • Free training valued at $1,250.00
  • Training completion is the first step towards California State Peer Support Certification
  • Develop transferable skills
  • Can lead to a new career with step by step support from MAS-SSF

Why should I take the training?

  • Many community families and individuals need help from trained peer specialists
  • Help people with everyday problems
  • Provide caring support to your community members
  • Help lead our community to wellness in difficult times
  • Males are encouraged to apply to meet the needs of the community.

February/March 2021 Training Dates

Mon, Feb 15 - Fri, Feb 19 - 6 PM – 10 PM PST
Mon, Feb 22 - Fri, Feb 26 - 6 PM – 10 PM PST
Mon, March 1 - Fri, March 5 - 6 PM – 10 PM PST
Mon, March 8 - Fri, March 12 - 6 PM – 10 PM PST

The Following Sections are Mandatory to Qualify

Criteria to Qualify to be a Trained Peer Specialist

  • Confident in English Reading and Writing
  • Bilingual applicants are preferred but not required (Afghan and African American/black Applicants preferred)
  • Must attend 72 hours of the 80 hours of training vis zoom
  • Must complete 20 hrs of volunteer services before receiving completion of training certification
  • Must serve as a MAS-SSF volunteer peer counselor for a minimum of two years for 2-3 hours per week.
  • A stipend will be provided for each counseling session to help cover transportation and child care costs.
  • Given the influx of refugees in Sacramento since 2014, there is a high demand for community members who speak Arabic and Dari/Farsi, and Pashto.

During Training

  • You must keep the camera on at all times
  • 15 min break after every 1.5 hours
  • Must attend monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month 5:30 PM – 8 PM starting in April 2021
  • Must deposit $100 with MAS-SSF on 1st day of training (flexible and will discuss case by case). The deposit will be returned to trainees on the last day of training if completed.