Certificate in Peer Support2018-08-14T16:34:21+00:00
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Peer Support Certificate

Peer support connects people who have shared lived experiences. Whether you are a mom who has experienced post-partum depression, a veteran with PTSD, or someone in recovery from an addiction, you can become more effective at supporting others through our Peer Support Certificate program delivered online.

Our Peer Support Certificate program offers a practicum experience that enables students to work within a specialized peer support setting tailored to their current work, volunteer position or area of interest. This 12-credit certificate can be completed in one year or over three semesters.

Credits can later be applied to undergraduate requirements for an A.S. or B.S. degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Rutgers University. Credits earned may also be applied to undergraduate degrees offered by other colleges and universities depending on the program requirements.

For more info, contact Amy Spagnolo, program director via email at spagnoam@shp.rutgers.edu.

Applicants to the Certificate in Peer Support will need to provide:

  • Official college transcripts for the highest degree earned or High school diploma or equivalent
  • Personal essay to include: Statement of self-identification as a peer (person with the shared lived experience of disability, trauma, and/or life circumstance), primary are of interest (population served), and reason for seeking certification in Peer Support
  • Online SHP admission form

Successful applicants will receive email notification regarding acceptance into the certificate program with instructions on how to proceed to register for classes and how to submit documentation that is required.

For more information, contact Amy B. Spagnolo at amy.spagnolo@shp.rutgers.edu.

For assistance with the application or registration process, please contact shpadmin@shp.rutgers.edu.

As a student in this certificate program, you are considered a non-matriculated student.  Non-matriculated status is for individuals not currently admitted to any degree program offered at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Health Professions. Financial aid is not available for non-matriculated students. Payment in full is required at the time of application/registration. Payment plans are not available. Appropriate, authorized vouchers from third party payers (e.g. government agencies, employers, etc.) are accepted and must be filed with the Center for Advanced and Continuing Education office before registration deadlines. You can reach the Center for Advanced and Continuing Education at 973-972-5454.

12 semester credits, online courses and practicum experience

  • PSRT 1001 Introduction to Peer Support Principles and Practices (3 Credits)
  • PSRT 1002 Peer Support Helping Skills (3 Credits)
  • PSRT 1003 Peer Support Practicum (6 Credits)

All credits can be applied to undergraduate course requirements for an Associate in Science or Bachelor of Science degree. Certificate can be completed in one year over three semesters.

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Head shot of Amy Spagnolo, Peer Support Certificate program director.

To learn more, contact Program Director Amy Spagnolo.