Work as a Deaf Certified Peer Support Specialist

Story Summary: 
Applications are being accepted for those who are interested in joining the Deaf Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) Program. Specialists will be able to provide support to other Deaf peers with Mental Health needs.

Applicants will undergo a weeklong training May 23-28. (See our event page).

This program was recently profiled by the MinnPost.

Transcript of Video: 

Video Description: White Deaf Signing Woman signing to camera (Vlog style). Behind her there are white shutters (window). She is wearing a long sleeved black sweater with the sleeves pushed up.

Hello! My name is Alison Aubrecht, and I am a Minnesota Licensed Professional
Clinical Counselor. I'm excited to share about an opportunity to receive training
to become a Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS). Certified Peer
Support Specialists are individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind
and have been recovering from mental health challenges will have the opportunity
to support other D/HH/DeafBlind individuals with mental health challenges who are struggling with recovery and need support. As a CPSS who has received training, and passed an exam, you will have the necessary skills to provide support.
If you are interested in applying for the training program, contact the State of
Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division Mental Health
Program Director, Dr. John Gournaris. (at

If your application is accepted, you will be invited to participate in a weeklong (40 hour) training. The training includes group discussions, role playing, lectures, and you will be expected to share some of your own personal stories related to Mental Health.
For those who are residents of Minnesota, the training is free, and hotel & mileage will be covered as well. Those who live out of state, on the other hand, must pay for their own travel and lodging expenses, though the training itself is free.
Hope you'll consider applying for the training! We look forward to meeting you!


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