Peer Support Specialist 101 – Online Course

Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving deliver peer support services. By sharing their experiences, peers bring hope to people in recovery and promote a sense of belonging within the community. The services often provided by peers are multi-faceted and include, but are not limited to: individual advocacy, education, development of natural supports, support of work or other meaningful activity of the individual’s choosing, crisis management support, and specific skills training. This 46-hour self-paced course is designed provide a foundation for providing peer support services.

Please Note: completion of this course does not mean you are certified as a Peer Recovery and Support Specialist (PRSS) in the state of Nevada. This course is designed to meet the educational requirements in order to apply to become a certified PRSS through the Nevada Behavioral Health Association (NBHA), an affiliate member board of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

For more information on Nevada’s PRSS certification, please visit:


University of Nevada, Reno – Peer Support Specialist Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate for Peer Support Specialist in Behavioral Health – 12 Credits
The Peer Support Specialist (PSS) Certificate is specifically designed for those with “lived experience” who consider themselves in recovery from a substance use or mental health disorder. Peer support includes relationship building in order to provide support, advocacy, wellness, and community engagement services to individuals. Program participants complete four university courses and spend 120 hours in the field where knowledge is put into practice within a behavioral health agency. This certificate provides students an opportunity to experience the professional side of the field and may be utilized as a stepping-stone for further career advancement.

More Information:

Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training (BHWET) Tuition Assistance grant: 
CASAT received a grant to assist eligible PSS students with tuition. Please note – this application is separate from the required PSS Certificate Application.

Click here to apply: CASAT BHWET Grant Application 

For questions or further information about the PSS Certificate Program, please contact Terra Hamblin, Kim Prokosch ​or the CASAT office at (775) 784-6265.

Peer Recovery Specialist Training through Foundation for Recovery

For more information please contact Chelsey Mony, Peer Services Manager at or

Peer Recovery Specialist Training

The Foundations for Recovery Peer Training, The CASAT Online 46 Hour Peer Training, and The CASAT In-Person Peer Training are ALL approved training courses for the Peer Certification.