Peer Support Specialists are individuals in recovery from substance use disorder or other mental health conditions who provide social and emotional support to others with similar conditions. Kentucky Peer Specialists (KPS) are employed to guide clients toward the identification and achievement of specific goals as defined by the client and specified in the treatment plan. The role is not to replace current clinical mental health staff but to offer additional and/or alternative options to help people in their efforts to recover.
NKU offers a part-time, flexible online training program where participants will:
Two letters of recommendation, in addition to a completed application, are required to be considered for the training. These references should come from members of your treatment team (i.e. healthcare provider, psychiatrist, therapist, group leader, employer if applicable). A reference from a sponsor is recommended. You are responsible for giving or emailing the attached personal reference request to the individuals speaking on your behalf.
Please have your references (2) address the following in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org :
Applicants will complete an online application which asks for basic personal information, contact information, educational and employment background, and experience in recovery.
What are the responsibilities of a peer support specialist?
Does this course provide job placement?
No, the training is not a job placement program, although those completing the training often pursue employment in peer support positions. The training provides education on the foundations of peer support. Individuals who complete the course and pass the certification exam (with an aggregate score of at least 70%) will be certified as Kentucky Adult Peer Specialists.
How much does the training cost?
The cost of the training is $65, which includes registration, all materials, exams, a certificate, and registration as a peer support specialist with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.