Below are our available trainings and upcoming events. If you do not see a training you would like to pursue, please contact us to be added to the wait list at For a list of our training options, visit our OPTIC page. 

Refund Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing to If cancellation is requested before a training commences, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 administration processing fee. Once a training begins, no refund will be given unless negotiated with Sunny Briscoe, Chief of Staff. 

PEERZone Workshop Facilitator TRAINING

PeerZone is a series of peer-led workshops for people with lived experience of mental distress and addiction. 

PeerZone offers a 4-day training for peer workers to become licensed facilitators, who then facilitate PeerZone workshops as a billable service and part of their employment.

Post-training support includes monthly group video conferences, advice on-demand, analysis and feedback of workshop evaluations, improvements to workshops and access to our mobile friendly website. 

Facilitators also gain access to our online toolkit with 52 new workshops filled with resources for use 1:1 and in shorter groups.

We have one upcoming training: 

March 18-21, 2019

We’re offering the PeerZone facilitator course, support service, and a two-year license fee for $1,500 per facilitator. The training will take place in Portland, OR at a location to be determined.

To learn more about PeerZone or register your employee for our upcoming training, please contact Ali Koch, PeerZone U.S. Outreach Coordinator, at Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon at


Mental Health Association of Oregon is pleased to announce its Oregon Health Authority approved Peer Wellness Specialist Training! What is the Peer Wellness Specialist Training? 

This 80 hour intensive training. For questions regarding our next training, please call 503.922.2377.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to Peer Wellness,

  • Trauma Informed Approach to Peer Support,

  • Person Directed Planning and Collaboration,

  • Problem Solving and Adult learning,

  • And many more.

We have one upcoming class: 

March 12 (4 hours): 3PM to 7PM 
March 13 (4 hours): 3PM to 7PM  
March 14 (4 hours): 3PM to 7PM 
March 15 (8 hours): 8AM to 4PM 
March 16 (8 hours): 8AM to 4PM  
March 19 (4 hours): 3PM to 7PM 
March 20 (4 hours): 3PM to 7PM  
March 21 (4 hours): 3PM to 7PM 
March 22 (8 hours): 8AM to 4PM 
March 23 (8 hours): 8AM to 4PM  
March 27 (4 hours): 3PM to 7PM  
March 28 (4 hours): 3PM to 7PM 
March 29 (8 hours): 8AM to 4PM 
March 30 (8 hours): 8AM to 4PM  

This training is specifically designed to encompass whole health certification to Peer Wellness Specialists upon completion. This program has been approved to train Adults to Adults in Mental Health Support and Adults to Adults Addiction Support.The cost of this course is $750.

Space is limited to 25 students. To apply for this training, please complete the online application below. To request a paper application, email Jessica Carroll at Jessica Carroll ( 

You may also send the application via mail or submit in person at

10373 NE Hancock St, Suite 106, Portland, Oregon 97220. Contact Jessica Carroll at 503.922.2377 with any questions.