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Peer Support Specialist Training

 

PSS program

HHP299: Peer Support Specialist Training

(4 credits)

Tuition Scholarship Available: Scroll to the bottom of the webpage for more details and application.


What is a Peer Support Specialist (PSS)?

This course prepares students to be certified as a Peer Support Specialist (PSS) through the Oregon health Authority. A Peer Support Specialist is an individual with shared. lived experience with substance use and/or mental health who provides supportive services to a current or former consumer of mental health or addiction treatment. A PSS is also a consumer advocate who facilitates linkage to needed services and activities.

What you will learn:

  • The recovery model process & stages of change
  • Strategies for supporting peers with wellness, self-efficacy, resilience, self- mastery, empowerment, and recovery
  • Intentional peer support strategies
  • Culturally responsive care
  • Peer advocacy strategies
  • Motivational interviewing, coaching, group facilitation, conflict resolution & effective communication strategies
  • Facilitating linkages to community resources
  • Professional & ethical responsibilities
  • Crisis intervention & trauma informed care

 

Training Details:

  • Course offered Fall Term
  • Length: 4 weeks (4 credits)
  • Hybrid Format:
    • Weekly online content delivered virtually (no specific class times).
    • In-person classes held on the Bend campus:
      • Wednesdays 9/21; 9/28; 10/5; 10/12; from 1 to 5pm
      • Saturday 10/15, from 8am to 5pm.
      • See COCC Class Schedule for specific course details (search under HHP - Health & Human Performance).

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance for in-person classes is required for successful completion of the course
  • No academic pre-requisites.
  • High school diploma or GED not required
  • Must have reliable access to internet & computer (computer labs available on all COCC campuses)

If you have any questions regarding the class, please contact Sarah Baron at sbaron@cocc.edu

Oregon Health Authority Peer Support Specialist Certification Requirements:

At the end of the COCC Peer Support Specialist (PSS) training course, you will be eligible to apply for certification as a Peer Support Specialist through the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Application instructions will be provided at the end of the course.

OHA requirements for certification:

  • Completion of an OHA-approved COCC PSS course
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Criminal background check required
  • Government issued identification required (state IDs, Driver License, or passport
  • Certification valid for 3 years. 20 hours of continuing education is required to renew.

Oregon Health Authority Peer Support Specialist Certification Website

Course Registration:

We offer a few different ways to register for this course to meet the academic and professional needs of our students (see detailed registration instructions and links below in the drop-down menu).  All registration options are eligible for tuition scholarships.

  • College credit option: Students interested in earning college credit for this 4-credit course, need to complete the COCC admissions steps and register for the for-credit class. College credit is valuable if students plan to continue their education at COCC or beyond anytime in the future.
  • Non-college credit option: Students interested in taking the class as professional development can register as a non-credit student through the COCC Center for Business, Industry and Professional Development. This registration option is for students who do not want college credit and do not plan to continue their education at COCC.  Students choosing this path do not need to complete the COCC admissions steps; they can simply register for the course.

If you want assistance with choosing the best registration option for your needs, please contact Sarah Baron at sbaron@cocc.edu 

  • Registration instructions for students who want to earn college credit for the PSS course:
    COCC degree-seeking students: This option is for students who plan to take additional classes at COCC.

    1. Step 1: Complete the PSS Tuition Scholarship Application (see below)
    2. Step 2: Complete all the COCC admissions steps (If you need assistance with the admissions steps, call 541-383-7500):
      1. COCC Application and $25 fee (to pay the $25 application fee over the phone, call 541-383-7500)
      2. Activate Account
      3. View Bobcat Welcome video
      4. Complete Placement Assessment
      5. Complete Advising & Course Registration (HHP 299 - Peer Support Specialist, CRN 45491)
    Non-degree seeking students at COCC: This option is for students who ONLY plan to take the Community Health Worker course and not register for other COCC classes at this time.

    1. Step 1: Complete the PSS Tuition Scholarship Application (see below)
    2. Step 2: Complete Parts 1 & 2 of COCC’s online Non-Degree Seeking Student application:
      1. Part 1: Complete online application and pay one-time $25 application fee (to pay the $25 application fee over the phone, call 541-383-7500)
      2. Part 2: Activate COCC account
      3. Skip the Placement Assessment step
    3. Step 3: Register for the course:
      1. Use your COCC email account to email welcome@cocc.edu (please do NOT email from your personal email)
      2. Include the following in your email: "I am a non-degree seeking student and I would like to register for HHP 299 - Peer Support Specialist (CRN 45491) for fall term."
      3. You will receive a confirmation email in your COCC email when you have been registered.
      4. If you need additional assistance with registration, call Admissions at 541-383-7500

    NOTE:
    If you decide to take additional classes at COCC, you will be required to take the placement assessment before you can register for classes. We also recommend that you switch to "Degree Seeking Student" status to be eligible for financial aid and to obtain academic advising. Call Admission at 541-383-7500 for assistance with switching to Degree Seeking status.
  • Registration instructions for students who do NOT want to earn college credit for the PSS course:
    Step 1: Complete the PSS Tuition Scholarship Application (see below)

    Step 2: Once your tuition scholarship has been reviewed and accepted, you will receive a coupon code to cover course tuition via email.

    Step 3: Register for the course through the COCC Center for Business, Industry, and Professional Development. Use the coupon code to pay for the course.  If you need assistance with registration contact cbipd@cocc.edu or 541.383.7575

    Self-Pay or Employer-Pay: If you want to receive an invoice for the cost of the course so an employer can pay for the course, call the COCC Center for Business, Industry and Professional Development (CBIPD) for course registration and assistance: 541.383.7575.  Cost for non-credit class through CBIPD: $450.

 

Tuition Scholarship 

See Blue Button below for scholarship application link

In-District 2022-2023 Course Tuition (4-credit class): Approximately $529 (no cost for textbook or certification)

The COCC Peer Support Specialist program has been awarded grant money to be used for tuition scholarships  for students enrolled in the Peer Support Specialist class in the fall. Both for-credit and non-credit students can apply for the tuition scholarship).

To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete the scholarship application below with thoughtful and complete responses by the deadline.

You can submit the scholarship application prior to enrollment in the class. However, if awarded, you will need to be enrolled in the class by September 22nd.

Scholarship Deadline: Monday, September 5th by midnight (late scholarship applications may be accepted if course space allows)

Scholarship Amount: Cost of class (4-credits, in-district student tuition)

Scholarship Awards:

  • For-credit scholarship award recipients will be notified the week of September 5th via COCC email. Scholarship awards can be used to pay for course tuition which is due the second Friday of the term
  • Non-credit scholarship award recipients will be notified on a rolling basis as applications are received via personal email. Non-credit students will receive a coupon code to pay for the class upon registration through the COCC Center for Business, Industry and Professional Development.

Scholarship Application