OPTIC: "A new lens for living well"

MHAO offers a wide variety of training, learning sessions and technical assistance. Our catalog of offerings includes: 



The following state-approved trainings provide instruction in basic peer support skills. Graduates of these trainings will be eligible to apply for state certification through the Oregon Health Authority.

Youth & Young Adult Peer Mentoring 

  • 40 Classroom Hours
  • 20 Service Learning Hours

This certified Peer Support Specialist training focuses on the unique challenges of youth and young adults. The service learning hours required offer the opportunity to practice skills and to learn and grow in an experiential setting. 

Peer Employment Specialist Training

  • 48 Hours - Six Full Days Over Two Weeks

In this training, participants learn the required skills necessary to become successful Peer Support Specialists. In addition, participants learn how to effectively provide employment support to peers.

Peer Wellness Specialist Training

  • 80 Hours - Five Full Days in One Week, Plus One Day per Week Over Five Weeks.

In this training, participants learn the required skills necessary to become successful Peer Wellness Specialists. Participants learn how to effectively support peers with their health and wellness goals.



Each of these trainings offers CEUs that can be applied to re-certification for Peer Support Specialists in the State of Oregon: 

Self-Care and Wellness

  • 8 Hours - 1 or 2 days

This course increases knowledge and comfort with a variety of wellness tools and self-care strategies. By increasing our attention to self-care, we strengthen our ability to stay well and overcome the impacts of secondary trauma so that we can continue to be fully present to provide quality peer support. 

Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Specialists

  • 8 Hours - 1 or 2 days

How do peers practice authenticity being present, operate from peer recovery values and demonstrate clear ethics and boundaries? This workshop offers a deep exploration of the many layers that guide our actions and interactions as peer providers.

WRAP Basics

  • 16 Hours

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn about the WRAP and begin to incorporate it into their life to improve personal wellness and achieve an improved quality of life. The workshop is designed to be highly interactive and encourage participation and sharing from all present. This class fulfills the prerequisites for WRAP Facilitator Training.  

WRAP Facilitator Training

  • 40 Hours

This course is designed to help you become a powerful change agent as a WRAP Facilitator. You will gain a deeper understanding of the recovery process and learn to: 

  • work with people to discover the strengths they have and can use to enhance their recovery;
  • effectively share the underlying concepts necessary to recovery - hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support;
  • work with individuals and groups to develop a WRAP;
  • facilitate learning about wellness tools and strategies; 
  • empower and inspire people to work toward recovery - feeling the way they want to feel, making their lives the way they want them to be, and moving toward meeting their self-determined goals; and 
  • use presentation and facilitation styles and strategies that enhance recovery. This course stresses authenticity and unconditional high regard, and provides a strong set of values and ethics to guide your work.

WRAP Facilitator Refresher 

  • 16 Hours

To retain active standing with the Copeland Center, WRAP Facilitators attend a two-day, interactive course to sharpen and expand facilitation skills to further engage groups in the Wellness Recovery Action Planning.

Money Basics Facilitator Training

  • 20 Hours Over 2.5 Days

Participants of this training learn how to effectively facilitate a Money Basics course. Due to the values and format of the Money Basics course, participants will need to identify as having lived experience of mental health challenges and must have an identified learning partner who will co-facilitate the course together upon completion of this class. 

REAL Recovery Person-Centered/Person-Directed Planning

  • 15 Hours

The two-day Recovery Intensive is designed to direct service providers; participants learn to facilitate a discovery process to uncover the strengths, gifts and motivations of each person served so that the Recovery Journey becomes focused on a self-defined destination. 

Other CE Trainings Offered:

  • Checking Your Biases
  • Peers as Professionals
  • Staying True to Peer Values
  • Collaborative Documentation (Documenting Recovery for Medicaid)
  • Peer Specialist Supervision - For Peer Supporters who are Supervisors



These trainings are geared toward mental health and addictions providers to support system change for recovery services and better understanding of how to collaborate with peer support. 

Peer Life

  • 1-2 Hours

Peer Life is an interactive experience that offers the participant a glimpse of life as a person receiving mental health services. This game is designed to illustrate much of what we already know: that mental health services can either help or hinder the path to recovery, and that recovery from mental health challenges can be gained through many paths. This is a fun, at times poignant, game that has been played by groups of peers, providers, and other community members. Many previous Peer Life participants reported the experience helped them see mental health services, and the recovery journey itself, through a new lens.

Money Basics

  • 20 Hours - 2.5 Hours Once Per Week Over Eight Weeks

In this eight week course designed specifically for people who experience mental health challenges, participants learn how to develop a better relationship with money through hands-on exercises and discussion. This course explores topics that include banking basics, budgeting, debt, credit and savings, along with the relationship between mental health challenges and financial issues. 

Reframing Recovery 

  • 1.5 Hours

Reframing Recovery challenges perceptions and ideals around mental health recovery, including how we, as a community, define it. Too often, our ability to recovery is questioned, challenged, and defined by others. With interactive visuals, frank discussion, narratives, and thought-provoking statements, participants are challenged to reframe how they see recovery from mental health challenges. 

The Poverty Experience 

  • 1.5 Hours

In this highly interactive presentation, participants will explore key issues related to poverty and income disparity in relation to mental health challenges through engagement in a series of "hands-on experiences". Throughout the session, the facilitator also provides current data and information on this subject, along with resources for those affected by poverty.

Other Trainings in this Category: 

Preparing the Workforce to Welcome Peers

  • Training Peers for Employment in your Agency
  • Peer Support: What it is, what it is not! (For Peers: an introduction to peer support)
  • Hiring Practices (Recruitment, Orientation, Staffing Patterns, Policies, Supervision)
  • Sustaining Peer Employment (Professional Development, Career Ladders & Peer Employment Support Networks)
  • Supervision of Peer Support Specialists 
  • Peer Support: What it is, what it is not! (An introduction for Providers)