Peer Support Class – Asheville area

Vaya Health Peer Support

What will I learn?

This training involves lectures and group activities. The group activities require respect and support. The trainers will utilize class participation, involvement in group activities, as well as general attendance to assess readiness to deliver peer support services in a professional setting. In addition to providing education to participants, there will be skill-building through role plays, take-home activities, and sharing of personal recovery experiences related to overcoming mental health and/or addiction challenges. Vaya Health’s North Carolina Peer Support Specialist training is a 40-hour program scheduled on five days. A brief graduation ceremony will be held on the afternoon of the final training day. Our current training curriculum meets the criteria set forth by the state of North Carolina.

What do I need to do to be admitted?

You are required to have a minimum of nine (9) months of demonstrated, sustained recovery to be eligible for this training. You must also have a High School Diploma or GED.                                   

To receive a completion of training certificate, students must be present and participate on ALL of the scheduled days and hours. If you are unable to attend all hours, please do not apply at this time. Students who do not complete all 40 hours will not earn the certificate of completion, which is required for NC Peer Support Specialist Certification.

 How do I register?


Print your application and two reference sheets. When completed mail to:
Vaya Health/Smoky Mountain
Attention: Peer Support Training
408-B Spaulding Road
Marion, NC 28752

What are the program costs?

Tuition $30.00 for Materials

NOTE: Please do not send payment with your application. Upon selection, you will be asked to send payment.

When are the next classes?

Peer support Specialist:
June 26-30th                 8:00-5:00
July 10th-14th               8:00-5:00
October 23-27th                       8:00-5:00

After Class?

  • To become a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist, you must have a minimum of one year of demonstrated, sustained recovery.
  • For NC PSS certification you will need to have an additional 20 hours of training. Information on this training will be covered fully during Vaya’s 40 hour training.
  • Then you can submit an application to the state to be certified ($15).

Goodwill- 828-298-9023
Vaya Health- 828-225-2785 ext. 5132

Parker Utter
Skills Training Recruitment Specialist
Goodwill Industries
1616 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 298-9023 Ext. 1106

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