Peer and Family Support Specialists

Learn about the peer and family specialist certification process and read about standards.

Become certified
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Certified peer support specialists (CPSS) and certified family support partners (CFSP) are critical in the Idaho mental health system. BPA Health administers the certification process for peer support specialists and family support partners certification. If you are interested in a certification, please contact BPA Health.

 

 

BPA Health Contacts
Certified peer support specialists

Certified peer support specialists (CPSSs) have experienced a mental illness and recovery and are well positioned to support others who are seeking recovery. Peers offer hope and encouragement by sharing their experiences and knowledge. They create opportunities for recovering individuals to live satisfying and meaningful lives.

Certified peer support specialists provide hope for individuals, families, and communities recovering from mental illness by offering:

  • Connections to a community of peers
  • Encouragement and understanding
  • Information on accessing resources
  • Support through recovery

Due to COVID-19, temporary online training opportunities may be available. Contact one of the CPSS trainers to determine if they are offering temporary online training opportunities.

CPSS training contacts
Tami Jones
Idaho Behavioral Health
Jess Wojcik
Path to Prime
Jeff D. Wright, Ph.D
LIFE Counseling Center
Certified family support partners

Certified family support partners (CFSP) have experienced raising a child with mental illness, navigating multiple child-serving systems, and assisting the child in developing the resiliency needed for recovery. Family support partners offer hope and encouragement by sharing their experiences and knowledge.

Certified family support partners provide hope for individuals, families, and communities for families in similar situations by offering:

  • Stories of lived experience with other parents/caregivers
  • Encouragement and understanding
  • Information on accessing resources
  • Direct caregiver-to-caregiver support

Due to COVID-19 temporary online training opportunities may be available. Contact one of the CFSP trainers to determine if they are offering temporary online training opportunities. 

CFSP training contacts
Tami Jones
Idaho Behavioral Health
Paige Howard
Life Counseling Center

Rebekah Forster-Casey
Strengthening Villages

Stephanie M. Hoffman, PhD, CFSP
Family Support Partners