Please note: In order to be certified by the state of North Carolina, you are also required to complete an additional 20-hrs of training in a related field. Learn more now.  

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  • Do you want to help people? 
  • Would you like a rewarding career? 
  • Can you inspire others with your life experiences? 
  • Do you need PSS training to apply for NCCPSS Certification?

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Unlike any training you’ll ever attend, NC-H.O.P.E. Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Program is an empowering and engaging professional development opportunity designed to prepare individuals to become NC state Certified Peer Support Specialists! Created by V.O.I.C.E. Therapeutic Solutions of Raleigh, a leader in the field of therapeutic interventions, solutions and education, NC-H.O.P.E. is about Helping Our Peers Excel.

Approved by the state of North Carolina and taught by seasoned peer support specialists, certified in the work, this week-long training is welcoming, supportive, safe, and fun. It allows our participants a creative space to learn, grow, and connect with one another. Offering the most elite compilation of resources, guidance, research, and best practices available today, our training presents this valuable knowledge in one program to ensure your successin applying for NCCPSS certification and in the work of peer support.  Once you complete our training, you will receive a valid certificate showing successful completion of a Division-approved 40 hour Peer Support Specialist training which can be used to apply for state certification.

NC-H.O.P.E. training covers a range of topics, including self-care and wellness, commitment to recovery and the responsibilities of peer support. We acknowledge the different pathways to recovery and make it part of our training program from day one. After the basics, we focus on cultural competence; learning effective communication skills; building solid relationships; setting boundaries; and assisting peers, service members, and families who have experienced trauma. NC-H.O.P.E. ensures that participants feel comfortable working as a PSS in their local communities, with peers and the organizations that serve them, while honoring the NCCPSS Code of Ethics along the way. 

Once you complete our training, you will be ready to apply for state certification and equipped to enter the workforce as a member of a professional care team at a North Carolina-based mental health agency. No work is more rewarding than empowering others and instilling hope!  

"I want to 1st thank you and your team for the job well done on helping me gain my certification (CPSS) and I would really like to send a special thank you to Mr. Dorel Clayton for sharing his experience and expertise and really breaking things down so they could be understood at capacity he's a real special brother and you should look into recruiting more brothers like him to teach the curriculum he's really a reality driven brother! Thanks for everything."

 - Sincerely, Aron A. Dickerson 

"Thank you so much for the experience."
- Brian Kendrick

"Excellent class and facilitators! I miss you all and may your dreams come true on your journey!"
- April Hooker

"I'm so excited to tell you that I was hired yesterday at S&H Youth and Adult Services as Peer Support Specialist. It's a great feeling knowing I can make a goal and achieve it, quickly too! Your class sparked my love for education and has me reading every peer support resource I can find."
- Meredith Leber

"Really enjoyed the class!" 
- Barrett Proctor

"The PSS and WRAP class are so much more than just cert classes to get a job. They are life changers. Those classes did more for me in those weekends than a couple of years of therapy!....I will still be using everything that I learned in Peer Support...Thank you for everything that you do. Please continue to help people. God brings us through so much because he knows we are stronger than most, so that we can be there for those that can't make it on their own like we did. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!" 

- Lynne Walker

A training program with a fresh perspective on peer support!

According to UNC’s Springboard website, peer support specialists are people living in recovery with mental illness and / or substance use disorder and who provide support to others whom can benefit from their lived experiences. The North Carolina certified peer support specialist program provides acknowledgment that the peer has met a set of requirements necessary to provide support to individuals with mental health or substance use disorder.

The UNC Behavioral Health Springboard Vision for Peer Support in North Carolina - “To develop a qualified peer support specialist workforce that has the support, access, credibility, competency, respect and the valued role within the mental health and substance use disorder service delivery system to positively impact the lives of individuals experiencing mental health and addiction challenges. This is accomplished through the NC Certified Peer support specialist Program.”Type your paragraph here.

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What is Peer Support? 

The NC-H.O.P.E. Peer Support E-Newsletter is a monthly resource for professionals working in the field of peer support in North Carolina. Each issue is filled with news, updates, tips, job postings, best practices and useful guidance from leaders in the field in order to inspire, guide and empower you along your peer support journey.

Peer support is a rapidly growing field in the North Carolina area that is now being recognized as an important component of integrated health care.  Many people have not heard of peer support, and while it has many purposes, our focus is on mental health and substance use communities. Peer support specialists are helping to connect providers and their clients to improve medical and mental health outcomes.

The Wake County Community Health Needs Assessment of 2016 reports that the 2nd priority for East Wake includes the need for mental health and substance resources.[1]  Peer support specialists can answer the need for increasing access to mental health and substance use resources.

- Wake County Community Health Needs Assessment- 2016 Executive Summary