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Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRS)

What our students have to say:

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- Carol Cloud

Having a supportive school like this is priceless

- Student Sept 2011

I look toward to this class every morning and have learned more about myself in 2 weeks with this class than in 5 years of college

- student March 2011

This class is very, very informative. The information is broken down so I can absorb it.

- Student Sept 2011

This class has been very extremely rewarding for me. I enjoyed every day I was here. Thank you very much. student

- student November 2011

Peer Recovery Specialists build supportive relationships with ethical boundaries with those they encounter as professionals or as volunteers. This training is ideal for those involved in ministries and programs that provide pragmatic assistance such as shelters, legal assistance, and religious organizations.

Stacked hands supporting eachother

There is a growing awareness nationwide that addiction is a chronic disease requiring more than acute intervention; recovery is prolonged process that is much more successful with support. Recovery is appropriate for both cases of substance abuse and mental illness. Peer recovery support education is highly useful within the field of chemical dependency, mental health, and co-occurring disorders.

The person in recovery desires to regain control of their life and the recovery specialist will be able to help remove obstacles to the recoveree’s wants, desires, and goals. The capacity for change exists and the recovery specialist will be able to celebrate the milestones on this road.

This certification standardizes qualifications of those working in peer recovery support. Practical skills will be complimented by understanding academic research and literature on the topic. Through this education you will learn:

  • Stages and aspects of recovery and change.
  • The components of health, home, purpose, and community and how these interact simultaneously motivate, encourage, and sustain recovery.
  • Practices of advocacy, mentorship, recovery coaching, and ethics.
  • Dynamics co-occurring disorders and medicated assisted recovery.
  • Importance of language, culture, and spirituality in recovery.
  • Skills to enhance relationships.
  • Factors of wellness planning.

How to become a Peer Recovery Support Specialists:

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.
  • 46 education hours specific to the 4 PRS domains
    • Advocacy (10 hours).
    • Mentoring and Education (10 hours).
    • Recovery Support (10 hours).
    • Responsibility (16 hours).
  • Complete 25 hours of supervision specific to the domains.
  • 500 hours of  experience
  • Complete a compliance agreement for the ethical standards as set forth in the Texas System of Certification for Peer Recovery Support Specialist.

The above PRS credentialing guidelines have been developed by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) following proposed IC&RC International Standards. A written exam may be required with IC&RC recognition, but is not required at this time.

Schedule :

(3) Wednesdays   6pm-9:45pm

(3) Fridays             6pm-9:45pm

(3) Saturdays        9am-5:30pm*

*bring a sack lunch


April 16,18,19,23,25,26,30 May 2,3




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