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Peer Support Specialist Training

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NAMI Multnomah, in partnership with Multnomah County, offers a Peer Support Specialist (PSS) Training four times per year. This training is an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved training for adults in Mental Health recovery. Our course is entitled Cultivating a New Life through Community Connections, facilitated and led by Fumiyo Nishimoto, MSW, LCSW, who developed this training curriculum.

Individuals who complete the 50 hour training are eligible to receive certificates under the Oregon Health Authority under the Traditional Health Worker (THW) program as Peer Support Specialists (PSS) for adult mental health. Find the OHA’s Traditional Health Worker FAQ here.

 Oregon Health Authority Peer Support Specialist Training Requirements for Traditional Health Workers:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.

  • You must not be listed on the Medicaid provider exclusion list.

  • You must identify as a peer defined as “a self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services.”

about the training

Cultivating a New Life through Community Connections represents 50 hours of comprehensive training designed to inform and empower individuals wishing to work as peers within peer-delivered services, assisting individuals past or presently affected by mental health services, mental health system survival, addition(s), co-occurring disorder(s), and traumatic experience(s), as they re-enter the community utilizing naturally occurring support.

The core elements of this program include wellness coping skills and WRAP training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), all from a social justice framework with an emphasis on trauma-informed care, cultural humility model and narrative approaches. Through a narrative approach, participants will recognize the power of the stories that they tell themselves, and how to reconstruct their life narrative according to person-centered principles that will assist them in reducing the influence of problems in their lives.

Coffee, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided. The training is located in SE Portland and is easily accessible by TriMet, bike, and car.

Application Process

This training is offered at no cost to people who live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County. We do not currently offer training to anyone who does not live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County. Please note, we do have a limit of 20 class participants at each training. Because of class size limitations, our extremely high volume of applications, and per our Multnomah County contract, preference is given to those applicants who are already employed by or volunteering with mental health agencies in the county.

Paid Option

Up to 5 spots are available for a registration fee of $320. This option would guarantee you a spot in the training.
Registration is now closed for our October training. Check back in December for January training details!

Free Option

15 or more spots are available free of charge to people who live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County.
Applications are now closed for our October training. Check back in December for January training details!

Upcoming Trainings

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For more information about our free programs, or to learn which programs might best fit your needs, please give us a call on the NAMI Multnomah Helpline at 503-228-5692 or send an email to