Digital Peer Support Certifications

ONLINE COURSE NOW AVAILABLE:

View the Digital Peer Support Certification online training and complete the knowledge test on your own time here.

The Digital Peer Support Certification was co-produced with scientists and peer support specialists and includes education and simulation training sessions, synchronous and asynchronous technology support services, and on-going feedback. The Digital Peer Support Certification has been found to an effective knowledge translation training that has shown to increase peer support specialists’ capacity to use digital peer support in practice. Our scientific manuscript is currently under review, please contact us for a copy.

3,000 peer support specialists from 46 different states and eight different countries have completed the Digital Peer support Certification Short Course. This is what they had to say:

“It is a game changer

“I really believe having this access to digital peer support will be effective in reaching people we serve in a more immediate response time and allowing the people feel more secure and safe.”

“Digital peer supports allows people we serve to enhance his/her skillset; adding confidence, courage, a sense of independence, and wanting to learn more.”

“Empowers peers to thrive and to become independent”

Certification is available online or in-person. Please see below for training dates. For group pricing and scheduling, please contact us for details.

Digital Peer Support Certificate (Short Course)This certification is designed to promote rapid uptake of digital peer support and is designed specifically to address the needs of the current COVID-19 crisis. This certification does not assess a person’s ability to use technology such as zoom, but rather incorporates the latest scientific evidence of digital peer support.

This 4-hour certification includes dyadic training on: Digital Communication Skills; How to Engage Service Users with Technology; Technology Literacy and Usage Skills; Bonding and Connection through Technology; Available Technologies; Privacy and Confidentiality; Monitoring Digital Peer Support; How to Address a Digital Crisis.

A knowledge test is presented at the end of the educational section that requires 80% correct answers to achieve the Digital Peer Support Certification (Short Course).
On-going Virtual
Train-the-Trainer (ToT) for Digital Peer Support Certificate (Short Course) The ToT includes three sequential days of virtual training (i.e., five hours each day; Total of fifteen hours) and includes the following:
Day 1: Virtual Learning Among People with a Lived Experience of a Mental Health Condition; Application of Learning Theory in Digital Peer Support Services; Understanding Your Learning Style; and
Digital Communication Skills (i.e., individual and group-based).
Day 2: Review of Day 1 Materials; Promoting Engagement of Service Users with Technology; Technology Literacy; Available Technologies; Privacy and Confidentiality; and Practice and Feedback Sessions Using Engagement Techniques.
Day 3: Review of Day 1 & 2 Materials; How to Address a Digital Crisis; and Practice and Feedback Sessions of Digital Peer Support Certification Curriculum; and Performance Testing.
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Digital Peer Support Certification (Full Course)The Digital Peer Support Certification includes the development of a community of practice and includes eight days of virtual training over a 6-week period between on Thursdays between 4pm-5pm EST and includes the following:

Day 1: Virtual Learning Among People with a Lived Experience of a Mental Health Condition (youth, adults, and older adults);
Day 2: Application of Learning Theory in Digital Peer Support Services;
Day 3: Digital Communication Skills (i.e., individual and group-based); Day 4: Promoting Engagement of Service Users with Technology;
Day 5: Digital Technologies and Older Adults; Technology Literacy; Available Technologies; Privacy and Confidentiality;
Day 6: How to Address a Digital Crisis;
Day 7: Digital Peer Support Organizational Assessment; and
Day 8: Performance Testing to ensure skill development and mastery.
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Supporting Older Adults Remotely (SOAR)
This certificate is designed to promote rapid uptake of digital peer support and is designed specifically to address the needs of the current COVID-19 crisis. This certificate does not assess a person’s ability to use technology such as zoom, but rather incorporates the latest scientific evidence of digital peer support for older adults.

4 hour certificate on digital technologies and older adults. Training includes education on older adult mental health, technologies for older adults, trauma-informed digital communication with older adults, older adult technology preferences, normal aging and technology, connecting/bonding virtually, the role of family and caregivers in technology, recognizing signs of abuse/neglect, and addressing loneliness and social isolation.
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Digital Peer Support Technology Training Technology Training on digital peer support technology platforms (as determined by agency).
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