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Certified Peer Specialist

upcoming Continuing education opportunities

From the Georgia CPS Project at GMHCN:

June 28, 2023, 2pm--3:30pm Exploring the Trait of High Sensitivity from an Empowered Perspective 

Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) is an innate personality trait, or temperament, of people born with a more sensitive and finely tuned nervous system. Highly Sensitive People, or HSPs, are more aware of subtleties in their environment and process information deeply, which leads to heightened insight, empathy and creativity, but it also can lead to stress and overwhelm. Although being highly sensitive is completely normal---it is not a disease or disorder---it is often misunderstood, because only 15-30% of the human and animal population carry this trait. Understanding the trait of high sensitivity is life-changing and with the right supports, HSPs can move out of survival mode and into thriving to their fullest potential. Join this interactive webinar to explore the trait of high sensitivity and discuss ways in which HSPs can support themselves and others in living empowered lives.

Webinar Objectives:

·         Gain an understanding of the trait of high sensitivity

·         Become familiar with how high sensitivity manifests in a person

·         Identify the gifts of high sensitivity

·         Identify the challenges of high sensitivity

·         Learn how highly sensitive people can effectively support themselves to be empowered and to thrive

GMHCN will provide 1.5 CEUs for this webinar. Registration Opens Soon

Monday, June 26, 2023 (12:00 PM ET) | We Didn't Invent the Wheel: Peer Support as an Evolutionary Necessity: In Part 2 of our series presenters discuss how the peer support/respite model is not new but builds on models as recent as the early 20th century self-help groups. Different respite models and their unique benefits and challenges will be explored.

Click to register for 26 June 2023

Monday, July 24, 2023 (12:00 PM ET) | Peer Perspective - Respite around the Country: In Part 3 of this series leaders of respite centers across the country share their lived experience operating their centers. Speakers will discuss how respite standards have emerged and how different elements can impact the ability of respite to open or remain open, including politics, NIMBYism, economic fluctuations, state and national leadership changes, and even the weather

Click to register for July 24, 2023

Monday, August 7, 2023 (12:00 PM ET) | What is Next? In our final session thought leaders in behavioral health and respite discuss and answer questions about the future of peer-led peer-run alternatives to the traditional clinical hierarchical model as well as discuss how "peer-washing" traditional services to give them a recovery sheen is impacting peer support and respite models. Our presenters will also forecast what they believe will (or should) come next for the mental health recovery community.

Click to register for August 7, 2023

From GMHCN + southeast mental health technology transfer center:
The Peer Perspective on Respite 4-Part Series

Join us for this 4-part series as we take a look at mental health respite care from the peer perspective, including discussions on its history and future direction, when and how it is being used (both in the Southeast and nationally), and the ways it can benefit one's recovery journey.


Tuesday, May 16, 2023 (12:00 PM ET) | From Then to Now - History of Peer Movement and the Call for Alternatives: Part 1 of this series will include an introduction of the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient Movement, with a case study example from Georgia (i.e., the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement). Presenters will explain historical perspectives on peer-run alternatives and discuss what makes a service recovery-oriented.

Click to register for May 16, 2023

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Asynchronous/Independent/Ongoing Continuing Education Opportunities provided by other organizations:

Preparing for Coronavirus and Influenza is a series provided by Relias Learning Click to Register

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals is a 5-hour training provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Click to Register


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.

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