Peer School

Thank you for your interest in CMHA Calgary’s School of Peer Support. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Peer School class. We will update this page when applications for the 2021-2022 Peer School year opens. To stay up-to-date on CMHA Calgary’s latest news we encourage you to join our newsletter. Thank you. 

**WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR
2020-2021 PEER SCHOOL.**

Want to share your story of recovery? Would you like to help others with your experience? 

We are always searching for individuals and family members from diverse backgrounds to be a part of our peer support movement. Begin by attending CMHA Calgary Region Peer School.  You can learn to use your lived experience with mental health and/or addiction issues to support your community and make a difference.

We provide 83 hours of free training, 100 hours of unpaid practicum experience and opportunities to connect to the Peer Supporter Community of Practice.

Peer support helps us improve the lives of people living with mental health and/or addiction issues and we truly appreciate the dedication of those looking to be a part of this movement. Those interested in peer support can use their newly gained skills to support others one-on-one, through groups or as ambassadors and educators.

  • You will have lived experience of being on a personal recovery journey or experience in supporting a family or loved one.
  • Comfort level sharing your story of recovery with others;
  • Availability to complete 83 hours of training and a 100 hour unpaid internship over five months;
  • Familiarity with peer support and have a deep commitment and understanding of the recovery model.

Thank you for your interest in CMHA Calgary’s School of Peer Support. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Peer School class. We will update this page when applications for the 2021-2022 Peer School year opens. To stay up-to-date on CMHA Calgary’s latest news we encourage you to join our newsletter. Thank you. 

All applications must be submitted through the The School of Peer Support Pre-Evaluation Application link. No applications submitted in-person or by email will be accepted.

Successful applicants will be invited to a Zoom interview. A final selection of candidates will be accepted into the School of Peer Support program, upon which a police check and reference checks will be conducted (a history of charges will not in most cases exclude you).

Should you be contacted for an interview, please be prepared to let us know which cohort you would prefer to participate in.

Cohort 1: Virtual delivery on Wednesday’s from 5 pm – 8 pm running October 14, 2020 – May 12, 2021 with the practicum to be completed between May and August, 2021.

Cohort 2: Blended Delivery with expedited completion on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 5 pm – 8 pm running October 13, 2020 – February 25, 2021 with the practicum to be completed between March and June, 2021.

Cohort 3: Face-to-face delivery on Saturday’s from 9 am – 12 pm running October 17, 2020 – May 15, 2021 with the practicum to be completed between May and August, 2021.

Thank you for your interest in CMHA Calgary’s School of Peer Support. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Peer School class. We will update this page when applications for the 2021-2022 Peer School year opens. To stay up-to-date on CMHA Calgary’s latest news we encourage you to join our newsletter. Thank you.   

  • Successful Candidates will be contacted for interviews.  We will be interviewing for approximately 20 spots.
  • The time commitment is 5 hours per week over a five month period.

Thank you for your interest and while we appreciate all the submitted applications, we will only contact the candidates considered for this opportunity.

Reach out for help

Contact the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region for more information at (403) 297-1700 or email: info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.