Peer Support Trainings

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Peer Support skills training is continually advancing and evolving, and strengthening our specialized peer skills is important. On this page, find upcoming training opportunities, recorded trainings you can watch anytime, and other training-related resources for Peer Support Specialists.

Peer Support Specialist trainings are held over the course of 40 hours while Peers learn the core competencies of delivering peer services. During this training, Peers learn many wonderful things such as but not limited to boundaries and ethics, using their recovery story intentionally and healing-centered support. It is also a wonderful opportunity for supervisors of Peer Services to join and learn more about the value of their role’s within agencies and how beneficial Peer Services are.

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APPLY NOW: Peer Support Specialist Training

We are so excited that you are interested in using your lived experience to help others! As Peer Support Services expand in North Dakota, we are creating more unique opportunities for individuals to attend Peer Support training. Each Peer Support training is 40 hours long, over the course of 5 days. Full attendance is required for successful completion of Peer Support Training.  For all upcoming trainings we utilize application process to offer priority to those who have a current or pending position at an agency that would benefit from attending. Please note, the application does NOT register you for the training. As applications are processed, you will receive notification of next steps for registration within 4-6 weeks before the training.

For individuals traveling from over 60 miles to an in person training, we will be offering hotel accommodations and travel reimbursement dependent on successful completion of the training.

For virtual trainings, you must have access to a dependable desktop device.  

Who should attend?

  • Individuals who will be supervising, or working alongside Peer Support Specialists on a care team
  • Anybody who publicly identifies as an individual in recovery from a mental health disorder, substance use disorder, brain injury, or supportive of other realms of recovery
  • A family member of an individual living with a mental health disorder, substance use disorder, brain injury, or supportive of other realms of recovery

February 15 -17, 23-24, 2023

This class will be held virtually, and will be available to individuals who are unable to attend the in person training due to limiting circumstances.

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Application closes: January 20, 2023


UPCOMING Peer Support Specialist Training

May 15 - 19, 2023

This class will be held in-person in Bismarck

Application opens: February 15, 2023 
Application closes: April 15, 2023


August 16-18, 24-25, 2023

This class will be held virtually, and will be available to individuals who are unable to attend the in person training due to limiting circumstances.

Application opens: May 25,2023  
Application closes: July 31, 2023


December 11-15, 2023

This class will be held in-person in Fargo

Application opens: September 25, 2023
Application closes: November 25, 2023

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Re-occurring Online Connection Meetings

We are beyond excited to launch reoccurring, supportive, online meetings for Peer Support Specialists, as well as supervisors of Peer Support Services! These groups will be help separately to give us an opportunity to offer insight, education, and support to both realms as best as possible.

Below are the dates for upcoming meetings, as well as the link to join. You do not need to pre-register. If you have any questions, or topic ideas, feel free to reach out anytime! Peersupport@nd.gov


North Dakota Peer Support Specialist Connection

Are you a North Dakota Peer Support specialist, or waiting to be attend peer support training? This one is for you! The goal of these calls is to come together as peer support specialists and talk about our roles, share insight and education with one another, and build more community.


North Dakota Peer Support Supervision Connection

Are you supervising peer support specialists, or interesting in integrating peer services at your agency? This one is for you! The goal of these calls is to ensure that we are meeting the needs of peer support supervisors, agencies employing peer support specialists and most importantly, successfully integrating peers into the behavioral health workforce.  

Recorded Trainings

Peer Support Refresher

Peer Support skills training is continually advancing and evolving, and strengthening our specialized peer skills is important. This training will provide the opportunity to review our core peer skills and introduce updated enhanced skills. 4 CEUs with be offered that fulfill re-certification qualifications for Certified North Dakota Peer Support Specialists I and II.

At the end of this webinar training, a link will be provided to a Microsoft forms survey. Upon completion of the survey, you will be emailed a certificate of attendance.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Examining Our Unique Skills
  • Five Stages in the Recovery Process
  • Effective Listening
  • Peer Specialist Skill Evaluation
  • Self-Care

Who should watch?

  • Individuals recently hired by organizations to offer Peer Support Services who have not yet attended Peer Support training
  • Individuals interested in attending Peer Support training
  • Individuals who have previously attended Peer Support training
  • Certified Peer Support specialists
  • Supervisors of Peer Support Specialists
  • Individuals interested in the role of a Peer Support Specialist in the workplace

Watch Peer Support Refresher


Peer Support Ethics and Values in the Workplace

In this pre-recorded training, we discussed practical applications of ethics and boundaries to everyday peer-to-peer interactions. It will assist in enhancing critical thinking skills in ethical situations, clarify our own values as persons providing services, and foster learning opportunities while working within community agencies.

This training offers 4 CEUs that will fulfill re-certification qualifications for Certified North Dakota Peer Support Specialists I and II pertaining to Peer Support Ethics. 4 CEU’s are also available to Licensed Addiction Counselors and Social Workers.

 At the end of this webinar training, a link will be provided to a Microsoft forms survey. Upon completion of this survey, you will be emailed a certificate of attendance.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand how ethics and boundaries lead to the delivery of quality services.
  • Strengthen knowledge of ethics and how they apply to the individuals served by your agency.
  • Learn how core recovery values are used as guiding principles and practices.

Who should watch?

  • Individuals interested in attending Peer Support training
  • Individuals who have previously attended Peer Support training
  • Certified Peer Support specialists
  • Supervisors of Peer Support Specialists
  • Anybody interested in the role of a Peer Support Specialist in the workplace.

Watch Peer Support Ethics and Values in the Workplace


Integration and Supervision of Peer Support Services in the Workplace

This training will deliver wonderful information regarding the value Peer Support Specialists bring to a care team, integration and utilization of Peer Supports, and the meaningful dynamics of supervision.

This training offers 4 CEUs that will fulfill re-certification qualifications for Certified North Dakota Peer Support Specialists II pertaining to Supervision of Peer Support Specialists. 4 CEU's are also available for Social workers, and Licensed Addiction Counselors.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Explore the principles and practices of Peer Support services
  • Discuss the gifts and value a Peer Specialist brings to an agency
  • Discuss the utilization and integration of Peer Specialists as part of the agency/care team
  • Examine the essential role and functions of a Peer Support Supervisor
  • Share interview and hiring practices
  • Supervision VS Management
  • Agency readiness for Peer Support services
  • Why has clinical supervision of peer specialists become a difficult supervisory relationship?

Who should watch?

  • Peer Support Specialist Supervisors
  • Agencies considering hiring/contracting Peer Support services
  • Agencies who currently utilize Peer Support services
  • Individuals interested in the dynamics of Peer Support Specialists in the workforce
  • Certified Peer Support specialists
  • Peer Support Specialists

At the end of this webinar training, a link will be provided to a Microsoft forms survey. Upon completion of this survey, you will be emailed a certificate of attendance.

If you have any questions please email peersupport@nd.gov

Watch Supervising Peer Support Specialists

Division Approved Peer Support Trainings

The North Dakota Behavioral Health Division welcomes other Peer Support trainings that could potentially qualify you for certification.

Current Division Approved Peer Support trainings and credentialing: 

The North Dakota Behavioral Health Division welcomes other Peer Support trainings that could potentially qualify you for certification.

If you are curious about a certain curriculum not offered by North Dakota, please email peersupport@nd.gov.