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Project Return Peer Support Network
Taking Charge Together!

The Peer Professional Training & Placement program prepares those who identify as peers for roles in the public mental health system as employees or volunteers, able to support the recovery of others and transform our mental health systems through the skillful use of lived experience.

This training includes classroom instruction, 60 hours, currently via Zoom, and an internship (64-128 hours for those NOT already working and/or volunteering in the field; also currently online).

During the training participants will learn:

  • The Recovery Model
  • Harm Reduction
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Group Facilitation
  • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Effective Peer Support
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Crisis Management
  • Peer Support Guidelines
  • Empathic Listening
  • Employment Services
  • Core Gift (the discovery and uncovering of one’s purpose).
  • HOP (Honest, Open, Proud—The intentional, effective sharing of one’s lived experience.)

Who Can participate?

Those who identify as a Peer in recovery who are age 18 or older and who have personal lived experience with a mental illness and/or a close family member with lived experience.


Training participants must commit to:

  • Attending and actively participating in 60 hours of training. An internship of no less than 64 and no more than 128 hours is also required (unless currently working or volunteering in the field).
  • The ability to participate on camera via Zoom.
  • The heart and passion to assist others on their recovery journey

Applications are available here. All must be filled out using a computer and either emailed, or mailed to:

Jason Garcia, Training Coordinator
Project Return Peer Support Network
2677 Zoe Ave, Suite 304
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(562) 310-1208 cell
(323) 306-9628 office