Co-Occurring Challenges

Endorsement Training For RSPS/MHPS

The Co-Occurring Challenges Training is a cross-disciplinary two-day training for Mental Health Peer Specialists and Recovery Support Peer Specialists designed to increase their knowledge and awareness of the relationship between substance use and mental health disorders.

To be eligible for the training, a Peer Specialist must have been employed as a peer specialist at least half time for a minimum of six months.

The Co-Occurring Challenges curriculum has been developed as a resource for experienced peer specialists from the substance use and mental health recovery support communities. The curriculum provides an interactive approach to:

Cross-training on substance use and mental health recovery

Developing practical skills for working peers who assist those living with co-occurring challenges.

The training consists of the following modules:

Module 1. Introductions/Training Objectives
Module 2.  Same Ideas, Different Words
Module 3.  What’s happening in Texas
Module 4.  Which Door Did You Walk Through?  Systems of Care, History, and Cultures of Recovery
Module 5.  The Role of Trauma
Module 6.  The Chicken, the Egg, and the Omelet/ Co-occurring Experiences
Module 7.  This All Sounds Good/Using Motivational Interviewing in the Real World
Module 8.  When the Lines Get Blurry/Boundaries and Transference

Course Info

  • Must be a certified MHPS or RSPS to register
  • All training is now on a virtual platform via
    Zoom from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Required Class time: 2 days
  • Cost: Free
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  • To Be Determined