FPSS Trainings

West Des Moines
august 2018

Application Open

May 1-July 2, 2018

Online Training

Begins June 6, 2018
Must be completed by Aug 10, 2018

In-Person Training

August 27-30, 2018


Country Inn & Suites
Des Moines West/Clive 1350 NW 118th Street
Clive, IA 50325

November 2018

Application Open

July 16 - Sept 24, 2018

Online Training

Begins Sept 4, 2018
Must be completed by Nov 2, 2018

In-Person Training

November 12-16, 2018


Country Inn and Suites Coralville 2571 Heartland Place
Coralville IA 52241

West Des Moines
April 2019

Application Open

Jan 2 - March 4, 2019

Online Training

Begins Feb 5, 2019
Must be completed by April 12, 2019

In-Person Training

April 23-26, 2019


Link Associates 1452 29th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Training Details

Four-Day Training

You must commit to attending the entire 4-day training. Training begins promptly at 9AM each day and ends at 5PM. Training will break each day around noon for lunch.

Lodging Information

No hotel block has been set yet. Please check back for updates.


This training is FREE, however, trainees must pay for their own lodging, food and travel costs. If you are currently employed as a Family Peer Support Specialist, check with your employer about covering these expenses.


You must make arrangements for your own food.  You will have an hour for lunch and there are many food options near the training site. Most training locations do not allow outside food to be brought in.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this training, please contact Diane Funk in advance at 319-467-5034.


If you are not currently employed as a FPSS (and will not have your costs paid by your employer), you may be eligible for a stipend that would reimburse you for part of your training related expenses.  You would be required to pay the initial costs of you hotel, gas and meals and submit a form for reimbursement upon completion of the training. You must submit the stipend application 2 weeks before the first day of training. Stipends must be applied for, processed and approved BEFORE the training.  If you would like more information about applying for a stipend please email: IowaPeerSupportTraining@