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Peer and Family Support Continuing Education


Per IDAPA 16.07.19, CPSSs and CFSPs are required to earn at least ten (10) hours of continuing education annually to renew their certification with at least one (1) hour in ethics. You may attend webinars, conferences, workshops, and/or workplace training to obtain continuing education hours.

CPSSs and CFSPs must submit certificates of completion with their annual certification renewal application to verify their continuing education. Certificates of completion must document the following:

  • Your name
  • Topic/title of the continuing education course
  • The entity who provided the training with a signature
  • Number of hours completed
  • Date of completion


Your continuing education must be obtained within the current certification period and will not be approved if it was completed prior to your current certification’s start date. Please ensure that your continuing education falls under the following topics, keep track of your certificates of completion, and submit certificates of completion when applying for certification renewal each year. The link to the application for certification renewal can be found here.

Please note if you plan to submit academic coursework to be considered for continuing education credit, you must submit a copy of your transcript stating the date you successfully completed the course which must fall within your current certification period. You must also submit a syllabus for the course indicating specific topics of study. In order to be considered for continuing education, topics must fall in the training competencies germane to your certification that are listed in IDAPA 16.07.19. Continuing education topics are also listed below.

Approved continuing education topics for CPSSs and CFSPs include the following:

  • Ethics
  • Motivation and empowerment
  • The recovery process
  • Stages of change
  • Roles and duties on the job
  • Overview of mental illness and substance use disorders and their effects on the brain
  • Advocacy for recovery programs and for the peers and families they serve
  • Recovery values: authenticity, self-determination, diversity, & inclusion
  • How to share your recovery experience and use it to help others
  • Awareness of risk factors in participants and the ability to access appropriate services
  • Interpersonal and professional communication skills
  • Relationship building
  • Boundaries and self-care
  • Work place dynamics and processes
  • The effects of trauma and use of a trauma informed approach
  • Wellness tools and natural supports
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Recovery plans and goal setting
  • Family dynamics
  • The state behavioral health system
  • Local, state and national mental health and recovery resources


CFSPs may also take continuing education on the following topics in addition to those listed above:

  • Advocacy skills used in multiple systems (children’s behavioral health system, education/special education system, child welfare system, juvenile court system)
  • Parenting special needs children
  • The child and family team and how to be a team player
  • Children’s mental health or co-occurring disorders
  • Family centered planning


Continuing Education Resources
**Please note you must obtain a certificate of completion for your continuing education that contains the information listed above.