The OPN Peer Academy offers both in-class and online workshops.

It is anticipated that training participants will be Oregon Health Authority (OHA) certified Peer Support Specialist (PSS) or Recovery Mentor (CRM) prior to attending the training outlined in this curriculum. Trainees must be familiar with core peer support competencies.

Learning goals of this specialized population curriculum is to provide a comprehensive overview of peer support core principles, knowledge, and issues relevant to providing peer delivered services in the context of experiencing homelessness, opioid or substance abuse issues, recent incarceration, or an older adult. In addition to providing information, it is intended to engage the participant by using various styles and activities that appeal to different adult learning styles.

Hopefully, this curriculum will allow you to promote hope and empower many lives through peer support and through mutual relationships, you also will gain hope and be empowered through your peer support efforts.

Curriculum Outlines

Click or tap on the tabs below to view curriculum outlines for each class.

As each online course rolls out you will find a link to that course after a brief overview of what that course offers.

Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Available as in-class or online training

The goal of this specialized training curriculum is to support Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Mentors to gain further understanding and knowledge for individuals experiencing homelessness and substance abuse.  Training participants will explore homeless experiences from a variety of perspectives and gain increased self-awareness, empathy, and compassionate interaction skills.

Training Topics (20 hours total)

Part 1. Move Toward Change

  • History of Homelessness
  • Homeless Movement

Part 2. Visibly Homeless

  • Culture Awareness
  • Resources

Part 3. Homelessness is Traumatic

  • Trauma informed support

Part 4. Unique Support

  • Support principles

Part 5.  Taking Care of Ethics and Self-Care

  • Ethics
  • Self-Care

As with true peer delivered services, this curriculum was developed, implemented, and revised by peers with personal lived experience with homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

Older Adults

Available as in-class or online training

The goal of this specialized training curriculum is to support Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Mentors to gain further understanding and knowledge for older adults experiencing and older adults experiencing substance abuse. Training participants will explore older adult experiences from a variety of perspectives and gain increased self-awareness, empathy, and compassionate interaction skills.

Part 1: Chronic Pain & Smoking Cessation

Part 2: Older Adult Awareness

Part 3: Substance Use & Mental Health

Part 4: Unique Support

  • Support Principles

Part 5: Taking Care of Ethics and Self-Care

  • Ethics
  • Self-Care

As with true peer delivered services, this curriculum was developed, implemented, and revised by peers with personal lived experience with homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

Opioid Addiction

Available as in-class or online training

The goal of this specialized training curriculum is to support Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Mentors to gain further understanding and knowledge of individuals experiencing opioid and other substance abuse issues. Training participants will explore opioid and substance use experiences from a variety of perspectives and gain increased self-awareness, empathy, and compassionate interaction skills.

Part 1: Basic Intake & Documentation

  • Intake process
  • Documentation requirements

Part 2: Basic Mental Health

  • Intro to Mental Health

Part 3: Empathy Toward Opioid Addiction

  • History of Opioid Addiction

Part 4: Mindful Addictions Recovery

  • Trauma-Informed Peers

Part 5: Taking Care of Ethics

  • Ethics
  • Boundaries
  • Self-Care

As with true peer-delivered services, this curriculum was developed, implemented, and revised by peers with personal lived experience with homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

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Recently Incarcerated

Available as in-class or online training

The goal of this specialized training curriculum is to support Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Mentors to gain further understanding and knowledge for individuals experiencing recent incarceration and substance abuse issues. Training participants will explore recent incarceration and substance use experiences from a variety of perspectives and gain increased self-awareness, empathy, and compassionate interaction skills.

Part 1. Culture Awareness

  • Culture

Part 2. Black, White, & Grey

  • Ethics

Part 3. Initial Engagement

  • Documentation
  • Intake

Part 4. Mentor the Mentor

  • Support for Recently Incarcerated

Part 5. Navigating Systems

  • Systems Trauma
  • Support toward navigating systems

As with true peer delivered services, this curriculum was developed, implemented, and revised by peers with personal lived experience with homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues.