a program of Cal Voices
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About Peer Support
WISE U is a full-service peer training program for individuals who are seeking a full or part-time paid or volunteer peer position in the public mental health field.
The program offers:
Peer Certification Training
Career Mentoring, coaching and support
Access to the WISE U Peer Job Portal
Membership in California Association of Peer Professionals (CAPP)
The Peer Certification training is based on California's 17 Core Competencies for Peer Support Specialists and is designed with recovery principles in mind. WISE U meets the training requirements for the following certifications:
Be at least 18 years of age
Possess a high school diploma or equivalent degree
Self-identify as having experience with the process of recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder, either as a consumer of these services or as the parent, caregiver or family member of a consumer
Be willing to share your experience
Have a strong dedication to recovery
Must be able to complete all 80 hours of training
Must know why you want to do peer support work within California's public mental health system
Upcoming Training Sessions
Our peer training certification sessions are designed for flexibility for participants. Training content is delivered 50% Live and 50% Pre-Recorded to allow individuals to manage their personal and professional schedules. Training hours are Monday - Friday 9am to 1pm followed by pre-recorded work that must be completed by midnight. Applications continuously accepted but applicants must apply by the deadline to attend a specific training sessions.
October 3 -17, 2022
Apply by 9/11/2022
December 5 - 16, 2022
Training Calendar (Coming Soon)
Apply by 11/13/2022
Complete and submit the training application
Participate in a mandatory Orientation
Attend a Readiness Interview
Complete a background check
*Acceptance in the training program is not automatic. Applicants will be informed by email whether or not they have been accepted into the training program.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WISE U
[The] facilitators whole-heartedly believe in the program, personal stories, fun and laughter.
I really enjoyed the entire class. I liked the modules we received each day.
[I liked] the inclusivity and hard work WISE did to keep the training engaging and current, as well as updated and fun!
WISE (Workforce Integration Support & Education) is a program of Cal Voices, funded by HCAI with dollars from Prop 63 (MHSA)