Certified Recovery Peer Specialist – Changing Lives Training

The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) credential is for those persons who possess competency in both family and adult peer mentoring. The CRPS must be a true peer; this means that the peer specialist must be a consumer of private or public mental health services and/or is a first-degree relative or primary caregiver of a child or family member diagnosed with a mental illness. 

FOF is an approved educational provider of the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and is a training hub for persons interested in becoming a certified Peer Specialist through FCB. FOF offers the CRPS Changing Lives training several times throughout the year and assists participants in their journey to becoming a Peer.

The main objectives of the CRPS Changing Lives training are to:

  • understand the role of a Peer and how to successfully link families to needed resources
  • learn working knowledge of System of Care Values and Principles
  • understand the basic concepts and philosophy of cultural competence and how to apply these concepts and principles in providing services to diverse families.
  • the importance of healthy relationships and nurturing environments and their impact on child well-being.
  • basic understanding of healthy child development and mental health.



Youth & Adult Curriculum

Mental Health First Aid is an 8‐hour training designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, until professional help arrives or the crisis resolves. Just as CPR training helps anyone without medical training to assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps anyone to assist when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First aid is an evidence based practice. 

The Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum is designed for adults that interact with young people to learn signs and symptoms of typical adolescence versus a young person experiencing behavioral health challenges. Both curriculums are available are evidence based and are available in English and Spanish.



Wellness Recovery Action Plan™ (WRAP) is a self-directed wellness program consisting of 5 key concepts: Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self-Advocacy and Support. WRAP participants will learn how to create a daily healthy living plan, how to recognize triggers and warning signs that cause an unbalance in your wellness and how to build an action plan to prevent a crisis. The crisis plan allows for control of your life, even while you may depend on others in a crisis situation. The program was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D. with national success and is an evidence based practice