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What is the PFCA?

The Peer & Family Career Academy arose from a collaboration begun in 2014 between the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. It provides advanced training to Certified Recovery/Peer Support Specialists who wish to expand their knowledge, skills and abilities in specific focus areas, thereby advancing their careers. We are a recovery learning community, developed collaboratively with peers, providers, advocates and subject-matter experts in the community.

Guided by a governance committee and supported by evaluation, advisory and curriculum committees, we work to increase opportunities for Recovery/Peer Support Specialists and to expand access to peer-delivered support for those currently receiving behavioral health services. We offer four courses: Housing Peer Support, Advocating for Persons with Serious Mental Illness, Introduction to Health and Wellness, and Introduction to Supported Employment. Throughout 2016, we will be delivering training of the trainers, where experienced peer trainers will learn how to deliver our courses. Through these trainings, we will disseminate our course content throughout the state.

For additional information:

Jana Spalding, MD, CPSS, Program Coordinator, Peer & Family Career Academy 602-496-0047

Upcoming Courses

*Please note that academy courses are designed solely for certified peer support specialists, although opening them to other job roles in the future remains an option.*

Forensic Peer Support, Course begins January 30, 2018

Leadership & Supervision, Coming Spring 2018.

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