Training Services

  • Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST)
  • Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO) Continuing Education Credits
  • Traditional Health Worker (THW) Continuing Education Credits

Project ABLE provides Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST). Our program meets the Traditional Health Worker training standards described in OAR 410-180-0300 through 410-180-0380.  Adults who complete the PSST training are eligible to become Oregon State Certified Peer Support Specialists in Mental Health Recovery and Addictions Recovery.  Our PSST course also serves as 40 continuing education credits for ACCBO and THW certification. PSST is a one week exciting and interactive  course focused on recovery themes such as:

  • Recovery Culture: eliminating power dynamics
  • History of Mental Illness: understanding where we came from and how far we have to go
  • Mental Health Recovery: components of recovery
  • Healthy Boundaries: avoiding the rescue triangle
  • Psychological Trauma: compassionate approach
  • Peer Support: wellness and self-care
  • Communication: listening effectively
  • Documentation: knowing the law while staying true to peer support

Participants are required to attend this one week intensive course Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.  Participants also must complete and pass an exam on the last day of the course to become eligible for the Traditional Health Worker Peer Support Specialist Certification through OHA.

PSST Requirements:

  • Participants must have personal lived experience with mental health issues (personal lived experience includes a qualified peer family member).


  • Participant must work or volunteer for a mental health agency

PSST Cost: $475.00
(includes lunch and snacks)

PSST 2017 Schedule

Evening & Weekend Schedule

  • Salem: January 4th through January 18th

Salem Schedule:

  • February 27th through March 3rd
  • May 22nd through May 26th
  • August 21st through August 25th
  • November 13th through November 17th

McMinnville Schedule:

  • March 20th through March 24th
  • August 28th through September 1st

Please click the register link to complete PSST registration or contact:

Mae Salas, MA.Ed./MS.Psy./PSS
Program/Training Director
503.363.3271 office
503.983.0489 mobile
503.585.0491 fax