Certified Peer Specialist – Youth Certification Training, Feb 6-10, 2017

Certified Peer Specialist – Youth Certification Training, Feb 6-10, 2017

Are you a young adult living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occuring diagnosis? Do you wish you could use your experiences to help youth who are going through difficult times get the support they need?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for young people like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Youth (CPS-Y) and use their lived experience to support youth through out Georgia. This five-day event is scheduled for February 6-10, 2017.

This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations outlined below:

  • Must be 18-26 years of age;
  • Living with a mental health (MH), substance use disorder (SUD), or co-occurring diagnosis; and a strong desire to identify themselves as a person living with a mental health condition or substance use diagnosis (current or former person receiving behavioral health services);
  • Be able to advocate for themselves;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be able/willing to actively seek and manage their own appropriate care; and
  • Be able to share their own personal story in a safe and appropriate way.
The Application, along with documentation, must be submitted by Friday, January 20, 2017.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.

Applicants will be interviewed January 23 – January 26

 

Certified Peer Specialist – Parent Certification Training, Feb 20-24, 2017

Do you have personal experience as a parent or legal guardian of a child living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occuring diagnosis? Do you wish you could use that experience to help other families navigate through the education, legal, and behavioral health system barriers that often prevent them from getting the help they truly need?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for parents and caregivers like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Parents (CPS-P) and use their lived experience to support families through out Georgia. The class is scheduled for February 20-24, 2017. More information about how you can apply to become a CPS-P is listed below:

Applications are being accepted from parent or guardian enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations below and also must meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must  be the parent or legal guardian of a child living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occurring diagnosis; and one of the following:
  2. Currently employed doing Peer Parent Support ; or
  3. Currently employed in the public sector Behavioral Health system as a paraprofessional and have the desire to distinguish themselves as a Parent CPS-P; or
  4. Have related experience serving youth and families through participation in community volunteering, support groups, family organizations and/or advocacy.
Space is limited, so don’t miss out!
Applications and required documentation are due by February 2, 2017.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.

 

Join the Conversation: Text, Talk, Act for Families

Since 2014, Creating Community Solutions has been hosting Text, Talk, Act, an interactive, text-guided dialogue to help bring the conversation about mental health to light. This year, they are hosting the first ever family version of Text, Talk, Act. Now through December 31, families (those we are born to and those we choose) are invited to come together and text FAMILY to 89800 to begin a conversation about how to strengthen their family’s emotional well-being through hope and help.

Click here to visit Creating Community Solutions for more information about how you can particiapte.