Training Scheudle

Supported by a grant from the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Maryland Peer Advisory Council (MPAC) endeavors to grow, structure, develop and organize the peer recovery community by creating an Advocacy & Leadership Fellowship Program. We will identify upcoming leaders to maintain a cohesive team to lead and advocate for the recovery community.

As an MPAC ALP Fellow, participants will:
•Engage and learn from other emerging leaders within their group;
•Be engaged in learning through group trainings, self-study, case studies, and other strategies;
•Each cohort will identify advocacy goals and collectively work together to accomplish such goals within a year;
•Learn new skills to identify and prioritize advocacy opportunities to achieve target goals;
•Receive navigational support through the certification process to become a Maryland Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS);
•Impact the community by providing support services, informational sessions, education and advocacy.

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All classes will be held at Kingdom Covenant Ministries (the annex building of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church) at 2119 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn, Oak, MD 21207.

Training schedule for second Cohort: (dates subject to change)
• Advocacy & Leadership Program (ALP) Session Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00AM – 4:00PM
• CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy Monday – Friday, August 5 – 9, 2019
8:30AM – 4:00PM
• ALP Session 1 Wednesday, August , 14, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
• Mental Health First Aid Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:00AM – 5:00PM
• Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Thursday & Friday, August 22 & 23, 2019
8:00AM – 4:30PM
• ALP Session 2 Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
• ALP Session 3 Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
• CCAR’s Professionalism (ALP) Monday – Thursday, September 9 – 12, 2019
5:00PM – 9:00PM
• CCAR’s Ethical Considerations for RC Thursday & Friday, September 19 & 20, 2019
7:00AM – 5:00PM
• ALP Session 4 Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
• ALP Session 5 Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
• CCAR’s Spirituality and Recovery Coaching Monday – Thursday, October 7 – 10, 2019
5:00PM – 9:00PM
• ALP Session 6&7 Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30AM – 4:00PM
• CPRS Exam Prep Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9:30AM – 3:00PM
• Peer Application Workshop Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
• ALP Optional Prep Day for presentations Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
• ALP Fellows Presentations Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8:30AM – 4:00PM

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens if I miss a class?
This program will be moving at a very fast pace and will require great commitment. Other than classes that you may have already taken, missing classes will be limited to two, and only in extreme circumstances. Let’s talk!

Do I become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist when I complete the MPAC Advocacy & Leadership Program?
No, All Fellows who complete the program will get a certificate of completion from MPAC/3C Recovery Support Training Institute. Fellows will be able to use the individual Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board (MABPCB) pre-approved trainings toward requirements for Maryland certification.

Will I have to complete 500 services hours for certification?
Yes, MABPCB requires everyone to have completed 500 services hours prior to taking the exam for certification. The MPAC ALP program asks all Fellows to commit to a service project selected by the Fellows in each cohort to be completed within a year.

As a MPAC ALP Fellow, if I have taken one the CPRS Prerequisite trainings in the pass, can I take it again?
Yes, you would be allowed to take the training again; however, you will be responsible to pay for your own manual if you have misplaced your original one.