Training Opportunities

“Give to Keep” as a trained Peer Recovery Coach. You can keep your sobriety strong by giving support and guidance to others who are newer to recovery.

The Peer Leadership Academy offers a variety of courses to guide you on your path to a career in Peer Recovery Coaching.

“Being a peer recovery coach and volunteer was a real boost to my recovery at that time. Not just that I have helped other people on their journey to recovery, but it continues keep my sobriety at an active level. I can’t keep my sobriety strong if I don’t give it away.”

Course Descriptions, Dates, & Cost

What will I learn at the Peer Leadership Academy?
The Peer Leadership Academy offers a variety of courses to guide you on your path to a career in Peer Recovery Coaching.

Through lecture, discussion, and role play, you will obtain a strong foundation in the core competencies of a recovery coach, including strength-based goal planning, social support, resource navigation, and building recovery capital. Upon completion of your coursework, you will have a working knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a recovery coach.

RSPS Application 2021
Download and complete the application and send it to our training coordinator at Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted upon acceptance. You may be contacted for additional information

Need a scholarship? Click here for scholarship information

What are the requirements to train as Peer Recovery Support Specialist in the State of Texas
To become a Peer Recovery Coach, you must be age 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED, and have lived experience with substance use. It is also important that you are comfortable with publicly identifying as a person in recovery, and that you have a desire to help others with their recovery.

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How to Become RSPS Certified
To become a certified Recovery Support Peer Specialist (RSPS) in the State of Texas, you must meet the minimum education, age and residency requirements, verify your education and training and complete a background check to qualify for the Initial 6- month RSPS Certification. This certification is good for 6-months until the field experience and supervision hours are completed.

The Full RSPS Certification requires completion of 250 hours of work/field experience (volunteer or paid) with supervision by a Peer Support Supervisor. The certification is valid for two years.

There is a fee for both certificates and for the background check.

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Click here to ask questions via email about the PLA Volunteer RSPS Internship Program

Contact Training and Leadership Coordinator with questions.