Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2018 Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Advanced Course

RAMS is excited to announce that the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program is NOW accepting applications for its 8-week Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Advanced Course Summer 2018 Cohort, with classes set to begin on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018!

Funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health with Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) funds, the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program (part of the Division of Peer-Based Services at RAMS) offers training and education opportunities for individuals and family members of individuals that have accessed behavioral health services, who are providing--or are interested in providing--peer counseling, advocacy and support services in the community behavioral health field in San Francisco.

In addition to the flagship Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course that has been offered in partnership with San Francisco State University Department of Counseling since 2010, RAMS has designed its Advanced Course to empower and educate individuals who are currently providing counseling, support services and/or advocacy in the community--or possess relevant training, volunteer and/or educational experience--who would like to obtain specialized training and professional development opportunities in a collaborative learning environment.

We are looking for individuals who:
  • Are at least 18 years of age and a resident of San Francisco
  • Have successfully completed at least a High School education or GED
  • Are able to attend 8 weeks of classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3PM-6PM) from June 19th - August 9th, 2018 @ SFSU Downtown Campus, 835 Market St
  • This program is funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health with Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) funds. As such, the course is targeted to individuals (or family members of individuals) that have experience with and/or have accessed behavioral health services.
  • Individuals with current or past work experience, education, and/or training (including volunteer and advocacy work) in peer counseling and the behavioral health services field are highly encouraged to apply!

Application and Course Timeline:

Monday, April 23rd, 2018: Application Release
Friday, May 4th @ 10AM-12PM: Informational Program Open House
Tuesday, May 29th @ 5PM: Application Submission Deadline
Wednesday, June 6th: Notification of Application Status
Tuesday, June 19th, 2018: First Day of Instruction

Attached are the RAMS Summer 2018 Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Advanced Course Brochure, Application Form, and Informational Open House Flyer.

Please feel free to contact Program Manager, Kristin Snell, at (415) 579-3021 x102, or via email at kristinsnell@ramsinc.org should you have any questions or would like any additional information. Materials are also available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php.

 We look forward to receiving applications for the Summer 2018 class, and beginning another great cohort!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018 Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course

RAMS, in collaboration with San Francisco State University (SFSU) Department of Counseling, is excited to announce that the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for the RAMS/SFSU Spring 2018 Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course!

Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course provides a 12-week intensive program that offers training and education for individuals, and family members of individuals, that have accessed behavioral health services & who are interested in (or are currently) providing peer counseling, advocacy and support services in the behavioral health field in San Francisco. Having already successfully completed 15 cohort cycles, the Entry Course has graduated 200+ participants, the majority of whom are actively engaging in work, volunteer, and educational opportunities as a direct result of taking the course. This program is free of cost for the attendee, with books and materials included, and a modest stipend is provided upon completion of the course.

We are looking for individuals who:


  • Are at least 18 years of age and a resident of San Francisco,
  • Have successfully completed at least a High School education or GED,
  • Are interested in helping people in a behavioral health setting, and
  • Are able to attend 12 weeks of classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10AM-2PM).
  • The Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate program is funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health with Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) funds. As such, the course is designed for individuals (or family members) with personal experience with behavioral health services.

Application and Course Timeline:
·         Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Application Release 
·         Wednesday, January 24th & Tuesday, January 30th- Informational Open Houses
·         Tuesday, February 6th, 10AM-2PM – Optional Application Help Workshop
·         Tuesday, February 20th @ 5:00pm - Application Deadline 
·         Week of March 5th - Notification of Application Status 
·         Tuesday, March 20th – First Day of Class 
Please feel free to contact us at (415) 579-3021 x102 or certificate@ramsinc.org should you have any questions. Materials are available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php.
We look forward to receiving applications for the Spring 2018 class, and beginning another great cohort!