You must have a high school diploma or GED.
You must be 21 years of age to take the training.
The trainings will be scheduled at various locations across Iowa. The Family Peer Support Specialist training is 42 hours long. It is conducted in two phases. The first part is online training followed by a four day in-person training.
Throughout training there will be lectures, discussions, role-plays, homework, and skills practice. The goal of training is to prepare you for employment in the workforce. We will strive to make training a supportive, interactive and thought provoking environment. The focus will be on knowledge acquisition and skills development. Successful completion of training will depend on your participation in training, completion of homework and a final exam. A test will be available within a week or two after the training ends.
No, these are different trainings and each have a different focus.
The difference between a certificate of training completion and certification is often confusing. Certification generally includes completing training, an exam, work supervision and continuing education. When you have successfully completed the training, you will receive a Letter of Acknowledgement. Completing training is a requirement for certification. Please refer to the Certification section to learn more.
In February of 2015, the Iowa Department of Human Services contracted with the University of Iowa’s (UI) Division of Child & Community Health (DCCH) to train the Peer Support and Family Peer Support workforce in Iowa. DCCH engaged collaborative partners to assist with the project including; UI National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, ASK Resource Center, Child Health Specialty Clinics and NAMI Iowa. During this six year project these agencies will collaborate with key stakeholders to develop curricula, conduct training, educate supervisors, provide continuing education and make recommendations about certification.