Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-383-8500
TTY 711

8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Daryl Washington,
Executive Director

Interested in a career as a Peer Recovery Specialist? Sign up for Peer Recovery Specialist Training!

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Interested in a career as a Peer Recovery Specialist?
Ready to take the first step?

Attend this 72-hour virtual training!

CSB's Office of Individual and Family Affairs is excited to offer a free Peer Recovery Specialist training this spring.

This 10-day training is virtual via Zoom, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day:

  • Week 1: Wednesday, May 5 & Thursday, May 6, 2021 
  • Week 2: Thursday, May 13 & Friday, May 14, 2021 
  • Week 3: Wednesday, May 19 & Thursday, May 20, 2021 
  • Week 4: Wednesday, May 26 & Thursday, May 27, 2021 
  • Week 5: Wednesday, June 9 & Thursday, June 10, 2021

The training is absolutely free and open to residents of Fairfax County, Falls Church City and Fairfax City. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED.

Completing a Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) training is the first step on the path to becoming a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS). The full process is three steps:

  1. EDUCATION: Successful completion of the PRS 72-hour state-approved training. (that's this training!) 
  2. EXPERIENCE: Completion of 500 hours of supervised paid or unpaid experience providing peer support services.  
  3. EXAM: Passing the CPRS certification exam within 6 months of application for certification.

Note: Completion of this training is not a guarantee of employment – but it could definitely help.

The Role of A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) is an individual with personal, lived experience with recovery from mental health challenges, substance use disorders, or both. CPRSs serve in a supportive role within the community and/or treatment setting. They are role models, mentors and advocates. They help individuals and family members in recovery create a support system to learn and develop healthy skills and build a connected community.

Important factors we will consider in reviewing applications include

  • At least one year of demonstrated recovery from mental health challenges, substance use disorders, or both.
  • Prepared to undertake a course of study leading to a career as a peer specialist or are already working or volunteering as a peer supporter.
  • Ability to work with peers, clinicians and other stakeholders in behavioral health as part of a team.

Application Process

If you are ready to take the first step in this process, we invite you to apply!

Fill out the application and email it to CSBOIFA@fairfaxcounty.gov by Monday, April 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. Only emailed applications submitted by this deadline will be accepted.

Contact Information

Questions about the training? Email CSBOIFA@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Contact for news media inquiries: Lisa Flowers, Communications Director, 571-474-5435 (cell) or 703-324-7006 (office).

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