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Peer Support Specialist - Mental Health Specialization

Course runs twice a year, in spring and fall terms.

To view the current schedule visit the Schedule of Classes search the desired term and keyword Peer Support.

To register:
New students complete an application here: Apply be sure to select Non Degree Seeking, Community & Industry, Workforce Development as your major. After you’ve created an account and completed your admissions application, please send an email to to be cleared to register.
Returning students, please send an email to to be cleared to register. Be sure to indicate which class/s you are interested in taking.

Course #: 9.423

Classes run on Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 4pm, eight sessions over 4 weeks. Spring term 2021 dates TBD
Cost: $449
(No scholarship funds available for this non-credit class.)
*Payment cannot be refunded once registration is completed. If RCC cancels a class for any reason, it will be refunded. Please be certain of your intent to complete class prior to registration.*
RCC's Continuing Education department offers the new 56-hour Peer Support Specialist (PSS) certification training, approved by the Oregon Health Authority. Graduates can register as a peer support specialist within the state of Oregon. PSS are one of the five newly-recognized traditional healthcare worker professions within the state of Oregon.
A PSS provides support, encouragement , and assistance to mental health consumers by promoting activities that foster recovery and empowerment.  A PSS is also a consumer advocate who facilitates linkage to needed services and activities. As a member of the treatment team the peer specialist provides expertise and consultation to the team to promote a culture in which each client’s point of view and preferences are recognized, respected, and integrated into treatment.
(Rogue Community College also offers Community Health Worker certification training, another traditional health worker profession.  CHW has a main focus on general health. For more information on CHW training, please visit the CHW website.)
To be a Peer Support Specialist, a person must meet the following criteria:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Not be listed on the Medicaid provider exclusion list
  • A self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services, or a person who has a family member with a mental health diagnosis.

Peer support specialists are usually employed by departments of mental and public health, clinics, community care organizations, or nonprofit organizations.

This 56-hour, non-credit course is offered as an in-class training. All class sessions take place at RCC Riverside Campus, HEC building. Attendance is mandatory for all sessions to receive a certificate of participation. For additional information and to put yourself on our interest list please contact our main office at 541-956-7303.