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DBSA Veteran Peer Specialist Training Registration: Sept 2017


September 11-15, 2017 | Chicago, Illinois

All registrations must be fully completed and submitted to DBSA by September 4, 2017, in order to be considered. You will not be allowed to save this data and return to finish at a later time, so it's best to keep your answers in a separate document and then copy and paste into this application.

Training Components & Dates

Pre-Training Podcasts
Listen to two recorded podcasts and provide online feedback
Face-to-face training course
September 11-15, 2017 
Post-course examination
Online test must be completed between September 20-26, 2017

Who Can Participate

Veterans seeking employment or a dedicated volunteer role as a peer specialist. For Veterans interested in becoming eligible for employment as a VA peer specialist, please note that in order to qualify for such a position, an individual must be:

  • a Veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition (including addictions), and
  • certified by a qualifying organization (DBSA is such an organization), or by an appropriate state mental health department’s approved process.

For additional information on VA peer support employment requirements, please visit:, or contact the human resources department at your local VA facility or Dan O'Brien-Mazza, VA National Director of Peer Support Services:, or (315) 565-5179, or Laura Gomez, EES, or (314) 894-5742.

Registration Fee

$1,500 per person includes training fee, all training materials, and post-training testing. Fee does NOT include hotel accommodations, travel, or meals. Registration is not final until payment is received and your registration is confirmed by DBSA.

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  • DBSA Veteran Peer Specialist training is approved for G.I. Bill benefits by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and eligible Veterans from any state who complete this course can be partially reimbursed. For information about eligibility, please contact your state Veterans Benefits Office or Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
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Question - Required - Do you currently hold a position where you will use the skills gained through Peer Specialist training and certification?

Question - Required - If you answered yes, do you receive pay for this position?



  • I am a Veteran, discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
  • I have been in recovery from a mental health condition and/or addiction for a minimum of one year.
  • I understand this training is only a partial requirement to qualify as a VA Peer Support Specialist.
  • I understand that I am responsible for all funding including registration fees, travel and meals.
  • I understand that payment is due with this registration and that my registration is not final until payment is received and my registration is confirmed by DBSA.
  • I agree to attend and actively participate in all 6 days of training.


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