What is the Peer Academy?

The ASU Peer Academy provides advanced professional development and expanded resources for Recovery/Peer Support Specialists who have been identified by their organizations as current or emerging leaders in their organizations. The ASU Peer Academy uses a hybrid model that includes in-person immersion training combined with live webinars to create a dynamic learning experience suitable for all learning styles.

Leadership Academy

The ASU Peer Academy for Leadership is an immersive training developed to engage Recovery & Peer Support Specialists in transformational, future-focused, professional leadership development. This course is an advanced-level course for Certified Peer Support Specialists who have been identified by their organizations as emerging or current leaders and have at a minimum 40 hours of foundational-level Peer Support Training. 

Dates and Times

September 18 to December 13

  • In-person immersion, September 18-21 in Long Beach, CA
  • 6 live webinars on alternating Fridays October 5 - December 13

Course Description

This course will explore multiple dimensions of leadership skills that are important to successfully leading a team, with a focus on supervision of peer support teams; including transferable skills to other kinds of leadership and supervisory roles. The five core supervisory areas addressed in this training are:

  • Inspiring interpersonal skills for supervisors.
  • Management toolsfor leaders.
  • Communication skills for all situations.
  • Managing conflict.
  • Developing budgets and creating programs.

Core Supervision Components and Course Objectives

The ASU Peer Academy for Leadership will provide Recovery and Peer Support Specialists the opportunity to gain applied skills and increased knowledge in the following core leadership and supervision components:

  • Engaged listening
  • Supportive problem-solving
  • Coaching for success
  • Inspiring to build team confidence
  • Supervisor as a mentor for emerging leaders
  • Resolution when workplace challenges arise
  • Corrective action as an opportunity
  • Exits with expectations
  • Leading from below

At the conclusion of the Peer Academy for Leadership, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to provide resiliency-based problem-solving or corrective action.
  • Explain how to develop budgets and financial analyses.
  • Develop and present a program with budgetary analysis and implementation strategies.
  • Explain how to develop conflict resolution strategies for use in varied communication scenarios.
  • Create a workplace wellness plan.

Instructor: Lisa St. George, MSW, CPRP

Location: The Center - 2017 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA

Registration: $750 (travel/lodging not included)

Course Prerequisites

• Reference from their current supervisor that demonstrates their support of the student as a
qualified candidate as well as their commitment to the student throughout the training.
• One more reference from a former employer, colleague, or other mentor in their life.
• GED/HS equivalent.
• Minimum 1-year experience, direct practice, recovery/peer support role.
• Minimum 40 hours Peer Certification Training.
• Attest to lived experience of behavioral health and/or substance use challenges.


The training course meets the qualifications for the provision of up to 36 continuing education credits/contact
hours (CEs/CEHs). UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. UCLA ISAP
is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for
LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/
course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 36 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs,
LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an
approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/ II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs
(CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1119), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP 20 872 C 0819), and CAODCs (CADTP, #151).
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15455, for 36 contact hours.

CE credit will be awarded for full session participation only at the conclusion of the series. Partial credit will not
be available for those participants who arrive any session late or leave early.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate of completion from Arizona State
University. Content for the course may also meet requirements for contact hours towards CPRP recertification.

Questions? Email us at: PeerAcademy@asu.edu

The ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy is an official testing site for Mental Health America National Certified Peer Specialist test.

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