Peer Counselor

What you do:

  • Assist an individual or family in identifying services and activities that promote recovery and lead to increased meaning and purpose
  • Share personal recovery stories that are relevant and helpful in overcoming the obstacles faced by individuals and families
  • Serve as an advocate

What does it take to become a peer counselor:

Lived experience

You must self-identify as a person with lived experience with mental health or substance use services, or be a parent/legal guardian of a child (under 18) who has lived experience with those services.

High school diploma or equivalent

College degree

Training/Supervised hours

What is required? Complete an online prerequisite course and approved 40-hour training, submit an application, pass a state oral and written exam.

Additional resources and information:

Learn more about what peer counselors do and how to become certified.  For questions or additional information, contact Peer Support Program at peersupportprogram@hca.wa.gov.

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