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Peer Recovery Academy


The CAF's
Peer Recovery specialist
training academy

DBHDS 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist Trainings are offered quarterly at no cost. 

Trainings are held in person at The Chris Atwood Recovery Community Center

10301 Democracy Lane, Suite 150

Fairfax, VA 22030

What is PRS training?

Peer recovery specialist training is a program designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to support individuals in their journey of recovery from substance use disorders or mental health challenges as a career path. This training focuses on the unique perspective of peers who have personal experience with recovery, providing them with the necessary expertise to offer guidance, support, and advocacy to others facing similar challenges.


Peer recovery specialist training is essential for several reasons. Firstly, peers who have successfully navigated their recovery journey can offer a unique level of understanding, empathy, and relatability to individuals seeking help. By sharing their personal experiences, peer recovery specialists can inspire hope and provide practical strategies for overcoming obstacles. Additionally, peer support has been shown to enhance treatment outcomes, reduce recurrence of use rates, and improve overall well-being for individuals in recovery.


Value: The value of peer recovery specialist training lies in its ability to empower individuals with lived experience to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others. By becoming trained specialists, peers can serve as a bridge between professional treatment services and the recovery community, offering support that is grounded in empathy, understanding, and shared experiences. This training not only benefits the individuals receiving support but also contributes to the overall improvement of the recovery support system by promoting a culture of peer-driven care and reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health challenges.


Beth Cline, R-CPRS-T

Recovery Community Center Program Manager

Education & Training Coordinator

Registered Peer Recovery Specialist-Trainer, Certified Revive Trainer


April 15, 2024

July 29, 2024

September 30, 2024

Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm

Get Nalaxone


Request a FREE naloxone/narcan opioid overdose reversal kit and watch our naloxone overdose reversal training video online.



Visit our RCC in Fairfax to connect with a Peer Recovery Specialist, attend groups, family support & more!

comprehensive harm reduction


Find our CHR Mobile Van around Northern Virginia with peer support, free naloxone, and more harm reduction services.



Our Peers are available for those in recovery and their allies to listen and provide guidance, referrals, and emotional support.

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