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Family Peer Support Specialist Training Model Information

Next training scheduled:

Access Family Services/CHESCO Life
760 Constitution Dr., Ste. 14N
Exton, PA 19341
December 10-11 and 17-19, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are interested, complete the application to participate and the Training Program Coordinator will contact you.

Questions: Contact Jill Santigao, santiagoj@upmc.edu, Family Peer Support Specialist Training Program Coordinator

Family Peer Support Specialist Training Model Information

Pennsylvania has adopted the Parent Peer Support Provider (PPSP) Practice Model developed by FREDLA as the core training for the Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) workforce. The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) serves as the national representative and advocate for family-run organizations and their executive directors.

Parent peer support is a new and critical workforce which addresses gaps and needs:

Parent professionals strengthen families by enhancing the families’ abilities, capacity, and skill sets. The benefits of Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) include:


The initial Parent Peer Support Provider (PPSP) Practice Model training totals 5 days in length, 40 hours, typically split up into 2 days, 2 days and 1 day, or 2 days and 3 days, in the core competencies and skill sets necessary to provide effective, professional and meaningful family peer support. It teaches the FPSS how to provide support to the family by doing with and not for in a professional respectful manner. The FPSS learns the skills and competencies needed to help a family become empowered and engaged to become their family's best advocate.

The required skill sets encompassed in the PPSP Practice Model are:

This 40-hour training will be a mandatory piece of the certification process for Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) through the Commonwealth of Pa. Certification Board. In addition to the Parent Peer Support Provider (PPSP) Practice Model curricula, there will be other topical training required.

To ensure a competent workforce, an application must be completed by all interested individuals.

To participate in Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) training you must have lived experience as the primary caregiver for a child, youth or young adult with emotional, behavioral or co-occurring challenges that is/has been involved in at least one child serving system including Mental Health, Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, Special Education, Juvenile Justice or co-occurring.

Specialist (FPSS), there is a Supervisor training for those who are supervising this workforce. The Supervisor’s training is three days in length. Lived experience as a caregiver is not required to participate in this training. The Supervisor curriculum provides an overview of the PPSP Practice Model training. The training focuses on skills needed to effectively supervise and support the Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) role and work.

Skill sets:

Currently there are trainers in areas across the Commonwealth who are available to train both curricula of the Parent Peer Support Provider Practice Model.

For more information contact:
Jill Santiago
Family Peer Support Specialist Program Coordinator