Below are our available training 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. 


What are the PeerZone workshops?

The PeerZone workshops are a series of 20 three-hour peer-led workshops for people who experience mental distress and addiction developed by Mary O’Hagan and Sara McCook Weir. The workshops provide a fun, interactive and safe structure for participants to share their experiences, learn self-management and expand their horizons. They enable mental health and addiction services to enhance the recovery outcomes of clients as well as offer a peer practice tool to peer workers.

PeerZone runs a four-day training and provides ongoing support for peer workers to be PeerZone facilitators, who deliver the workshops to people in their service or community. Post-training support includes monthly group teleconferences, advice on demand, postage of paper promotional materials, analysis and feedback of workshop evaluations, improvements to workshops and access to our new mobile friendly website. Since the beginning of 2013:

  • PeerZone has trained and supported 250 facilitators in four countries.
  • They have facilitated workshops to thousands of participants.

How does PeerZone usually work?

Agencies that employ peer workers or people with experience of mental distress or addiction in other support roles decide they want to deliver PeerZone:

  • We train their employees to become PeerZone facilitators.
  • They facilitate PeerZone workshops as part of their employment.
  • We provide the facilitators with a website, resources, support and monthly group teleconferences.
  • The agency pays PeerZone a fee.

We're offering the PeerZone facilitator course, support services, and two-year PeerZone provider license for $1,500 per facilitator. Agency rates may also be offered if you would like to arrange a training at your organization! From the start of 2018 PeerZone will also offer all our facilitators a comprehensive set of resources for both their one-to-one and group work – at no extra cost.

We are now enrolling for our next PeerZone training in the Beaverton area on September 27-28th and October 1-2nd from 9:00 - 4:00 PM. 

To register your employee for our next facilitators training, please fill out the form below. If you would like to learn more, please contact Adrienne Scavera at

The deadline to apply for the training is September 10th at 5:00 pm.


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 two upcoming classes: 

November 12th - 16th
November 26th - 30th

September 6th - 8th
September 13th - 15th
September 20th - 22nd
September 29th

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.