DCRC Peer Specialist Training

The Peer Specialist Training (PST) Program is designed to support the professional growth of individuals with personal experience in wellness and/or recovery who are interested in transitioning into a career as a mental health advocate in Los Angeles County.  The program consists of a combination of classroom instruction and practical
application of skills learned through an internship at a local community-based agency. The program is offered four times a year at the Mar Vista DCRC office.

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Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday over a 6 week period.  Instructional hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Total classroom instructional time is 90 hours.


Adults age 18 or older who:

  • have achieved wellness with their mental health disability and/or recovery from alcohol or substances for a minimum of 2 years,
  •  have a high school diploma or GED, and,
  •  can demonstrate basic computer literacy/ proficiency.


Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation: an application, a typed essay explaining interest and eligibility to be in the PST program, a program
commitment form, and a  consent and release of liability form. After a review of submitted documentation, a select group of applicants will be selected for an
interview with the PST program coordinator.


Attend one of our informational meetings. Contact Rosy Tellez at 310-390-3611 for the date and time of our next PST informational meeting.