Certified Peer Specialist
After successful completion of the CPS examination, a CPS is required to have a minimum of 12 continuing education units (CEUs) per calendar year. The time frame for beginning acquisition of CEUs is the year following the year in which the CPS passed the certification exam.
For example: If a CPS passed the certification exam at any time 2018, CEUs begin accruing in January 2019. Twelve CEUs must be acquired by December 31, 2019. The cycle will then repeat beginning January 2020. Additional CEUs over the required 12 hour are not transferable to the following year.
There are many opportunities to obtain CEU’s through workshops, webinars, and conferences.
Some of the opportunities are listed below. Please be aware that the dates shown are tentative and subject to change as needed.
Certification Verification for Employers
Employers and potential employers of Certified Peer Specialists should email GMHCN's Continuing Education Coordinator at email@example.com to request verification of active CPS-MH credentials. Please indicate in your email all of the information you require. If you need the verification sooner than five business days, consider calling the GMHCN home office at the number at the bottom of this page.
GMHCN Summer Conference (offered annually in August at St. Simons Island, GA)
Plans for the 2022 ANNUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE are uncertain, but it will likely be held online. Please consider utilizing online trainings to fulfill your continuing education requirements for 2022.
Opportunity for 9 hours of CEU Training offered annually by attending keynotes and workshops at the conference.
Advance conference registration is required. Keynote presentations are available to all participants; workshop availability is on a first-come; first-served basis.
Check lists and signature sheets for attending keynotes and workshops may be picked up throughout the conference.
Signature sheets may be turned in to CPS Project staff on the last day of the conference or mailed, emailed, or faxed into the GMHCN offices thereafter.
Due to the high volume of participants, physical certificates copies are mailed out by request only.
For more information and updates, please visit the www.gmhcn.org website.
Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Training
Complete your WHAM Training to become a certified Wellness Coaching and receive 12 CEUs.
Please check the www.gmhcn.org website for updates, trainings, and locations.
3 and ½ day training to develop your recovery story for presentation in public venues.
Completion of Respect Institute provided 18 hours of CEUs.
Intentional Peer Support
Trauma Informed Peer Support
Webinars (CEU credits are granted based on hour equivalencies):
Content must be recovery-oriented and strengths-based.
All webinar announcements posted below are eligible for CEUs.
Relias Online Learning Modules can also receive CEU credit. (Review and prior approval of specific modules is required. Not all modules are eligible to receive credit.)
Other CPS Trainings and Certifications with CEU Credit:
CPS-AD (aka CARES) Certification (For more information click here.)
CPS-P (Parent) Certification (For more information click here.)
CPS-Y (Youth) Certification (For more information click here.)
Certified Peer Specialists can also attend webinars and receive CEUs from a range of national websites. CEUs for webinars are hour equivalencies - e.g. - 1 hour = 1 CEU; 1.5 hours=1.5 CEUs.
Acceptable webinars must be recovery oriented, which means that they focus on topics of wellness, holistic approaches to recovery, strengths-based perspectives, community resource linking, person-centered treatment, and so forth. Unacceptable webinars include those that focus on strictly clinical topics such as the DSM-5, diagnosis, clinical assessments, psychiatric treatment modalities, etc..
Some organizations the frequently provide CEU opportunities that are recovery-oriented include:
Please note that not all webinars on these websites meet the above criteria. Please review the webinar content prior to participating, and verify that it meets the CPS Project criteria. Please contact the CPS Project at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you are also a CPS-AD (CARES), you may receive CEU credit from your CARES training and CARES Connect.
In general, to attend a webinar, you sign up with your email and attend on the time and date indicated. Once the webinar is complete, you should receive either a "thank you for attending" email, an actual certificate, or both.
Submitting CEU Documentation and Maintaining Active Certification
Please scan any paper certificate and fax to 404-687-0772 along with your current contact information, or
CPSs may submit documentation for CEUs in any given year up through January 31 of the following year (for example, documentation of CEUs received in 2020 must be received by GMHCN no later than January 31 of 2021). Any CPS who has not provided required annual documentation by January 31 will go into an “inactive” status, at which time they may submit a written appeal to GMHCN’s Continuing Education Coordinator by email at email@example.com explaining why they were unable to receive and/or provide documentation for continuing education in the previous calendar year. Appeal decisions will be made within 30 days, and notification will be sent via email.
CPSs who request an appeal and receive an appeal approval will be made "active," and must complete and submit documentation for CEUs in the calendar year during which they requested the appeal in order to maintain their active status the following year. (For example, a CPS who makes a successful appeal request in August of 2021 must complete and submit required documentation for 12 CEUs received in 2021 in order to maintain their active status on February 1, 2022.) No CPS is allowed to make an appeal in two consecutive years.
GMHCN and other providers of Georgia Certified Peer Specialist trainings are required to report the Active/Inactive status of CPSs to the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
IMPORTANT FOR ALL CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALISTS
Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the agency that provides funding for the Certified Peer Specialist Project, is creating a database of all Certified Peer Specialists across the state, and they have asked us to provide them with updated information for all Certified Peer Specialists, including date of birth. Depending on when you completed your training and certification, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network may not have your date of birth and current contact information (including mailing address and working phone number) on file.
It is very important that we be able to provide DBHDD this information as soon as possible. Please click here to update your CPS information, including your date of birth, at your earliest convenience.