CPRS - Certified Peer Recovery Specialist









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Peer Recovery Information Sessions

If you are interested in Brookdale’s NEW Certified Peer Recovery Specialist program, you should contact Scott Shanes at sshanes@brookdalecc.edu or 732-224-2011. You will learn about the program, prerequisite requirements, understand the job outlook, and learn the role of a Peer Recovery Specialist to see if this is the right career for you.

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Peer support specialists are mental health workers who have had experience with a psychiatric disorder—such as PTSD, depression, or addiction—and have been trained to counsel or assist others with that condition. Familiar with the disorder themselves, these specialists act as role models or mentors for clients facing similar difficulties. This course prepares participants to work in a variety of settings including, treatment centers, hospitals, recovery centers, faith-based organizations, and other community settings.

Areas of Study: This NEW 48-hour Peer Recovery Support Specialist training course will give you the foundational knowledge to start providing peer recovery support and is the first step towards obtaining state certification and the title of Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. The training covers the core competencies of peer recovery support specialists in four domains, including advocacy, mentoring and education, recovery and wellness support, and ethical responsibility.

A required 500 hours of clinical training is also included in the training and will take place while completing your classroom instruction.

Students who successfully complete this course will fulfill the curriculum requirements for the New Jersey state certification as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.

Prerequisites to register for the program

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Minimum 2 years of continuous recovery

Prerequisites once registered

  • Physical exam, documentation of immunizations, 2-step PPD, hepatitis B Series, and Flu vaccine waiver
  • Copy of clear criminal background check and drug screening

Classes are all In-Person

Mon & Tue, January 24th – March 15th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Lincroft Campus
Fee and Code: $850, XMEDG 255, textbooks included 

Please call 732-224-2315 to register. No online registration available.

Questions or additional information can be obtained by forwarding any inquiries to CPS Healthcare at 732-224-2007 or email cpshealthcare@brookdalecc.edu

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