Training: Peer Recovery Specialist Training Aug-Oct 2018 – Richmond

Jun 1, 2018Certification, Trainings

Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) Training – Richmond

Description: Services provided by the Peer Recovery Specialist are a permanent critical component of the continuum of care services that substantially improve an individual’s ability to sustain recovery and wellness. DBHDS is pleased to announce an upcoming Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) training. The 72-hour training curriculum focuses on the principles and philosophy of recovery, facilitating learning by relating the training to the participant’s personal, lived experience in their own recovery. The 72-hour training provides practice in core skills of peer-to-peer support. DBHDS PRS training is acknowledged by the Virginia Certification Board and the Virginia Board of Counseling.

Presenter: Jim Kochany is a Qualified Mental Health Practitioner (QMHP), a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and registered with the Virginia Board of Counseling (RPRS). Jim works as a RPRS for Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services on their PACT-ICT team and previously worked for Hanover County Community Services Board as a CPRS. Jim is an active NAMI-CVA Peer-to-Peer facilitator and a previous board member.

Audience: This training is for Adults (18+) who have lived experience with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges. The training is educational in format and is not group therapy.

Cost: The course tuition and text book is free of charge and has been subsidized by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Office of Recovery Services (ORS). The class room space is sponsored by NAMI-CVA. Meals, snacks and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Location: The training will be held for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning August 1, 2018 at NAMI CVA, 1904 Byrd Avenue, Suite 207, Richmond VA, 23230.

Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. September 5, 12, 19, 26. October 3,10 2018 (please note an extra day has been put in place as a buffer for an emergency class cancellation or test review).

Times: Each training day begins promptly at 9:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm.

Deadline: The deadline for all application materials is postmarked midnight on Wednesday, July 11, 2018; however, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Submitting your application is the first step toward being admitted as a participant to the training. Once your application is received and accepted Jim Kochany will schedule and conduct a 15-minute phone interview as part of DBHDS student selection process. Applications received after Wednesday, July 11, 2018 are not guaranteed consideration.

Please Contact:
Jim Kochany Phone: 804-304-9797 email:

Important Notice: Student participants are required to attend at least 9 of the 10 scheduled classes (2 late arrivals will be counted as 1 absence) to receive their 72-hour certificate. In addition, participates must successfully complete all homework assignments, written quizzes and a final exam as part of the required curriculum.

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