Become A Trained Peer Specialist

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 $3,000.00
  • 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.

August 2021 Training Dates

Thursday, August 5th - Friday, August 27th
Monday - Friday | 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM PST

VIRTUAL | 4 hours each weekday for 17 training days | Total of 68 hours

The Following Sections are Mandatory to Qualify

Criteria to Qualify to be a Trained Peer Specialist

  • CA-only applicants
  • Confident in English Reading and Writing
  • Youth are greatly needed (ages 18-26)
  • Youth, males, and African American/ Black applicants preferred
  • Bilingual applicants are preferred but not required
  • Must attend all 68 hours of training via Zoom/video calling
  • 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
  • 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.

After Training

  • Attend 2-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training
  • Participants are required to complete 20 hours of supervised fieldwork and peer support services with MAS-SSF after the course to receive a certificate.
  • Attend 32-hour Shifa for Today training hosted by MAS-SSF to develop cultural competency and understand the background of the community they serve
  • Must attend monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month 5:30 PM – 8 PM starting in September 2021
Become A  Trained Peer Specialist

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