Have a mental health peer recovery training to add? Contact the VOCAL Network by email or call 804-343-1777.

Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training in Virginia

VOCAL is one of a number of approved trainers for Virginia DBHDS’s CPRS Training Curriculum.  The training is one step toward becoming at CPRS – for more information on the entire CPRS process, see the Virginia Certification Board and the Office of Recovery Services. For future peer recovery specialist trainings, subscribe to VOCAL’s email news digest. They will also be announced on this page. Also see our list of CPRS trainings and trainers.

WRAP Facilitator Training in Virginia

Learn to lead mental health recovery groups according to an evidence-based model developed by peers, called the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). WRAP is a program of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. Trainings are held around the state by many recovery-oriented organizations.

WRAP Facilitator Refresher Training in Virginia

A three day training required of WRAP Facilitators, by the Copeland Center, every two years.
Led by Bonnie Neighbour, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator
Dates:  To be determined in Fall 2017.  All three days must be attended.                                                                          

Contact Ann Benner (ann@nullvocalvirginia.org, 804-343-1777) to indicate interest.
Location: VOCAL office, 1904 Byrd Ave, Suite 124, Richmond, 23230
Cost:  $250 (lunch not included)

Peer-Run Non-Profit Training

Workshops, board retreats and consultations on how to start, grow and sustain a peer-run program, informed with recovery and trauma-informed values. We also facilitate intentional communication among Virginia’s peer-led nonprofits, thereby increasing their sharing of tools, resources, and technologies among one another. Contact us to learn more!
Cost: Free on-site trainings for peer-run programs
Contact: Daniel Barrows, Coordinator, Coalition of Peer-Run Programs, via daniel@nullvocalvirginia.org.
Website: Peer-Run Program Training section of VOCAL’s website
Dates: Ongoing

Leadership Trainings

Advocacy Conference  – A three-day program of workshops on advocacy at the state policy level and hands-on advocacy experience at the legislature to promote consumer civic engagement. The conference focuses on skills and tools that build confidence, encourage participation and speaking in public. The conference format is two days in class and a morning at the General Assembly in Richmond, meeting legislators and advocating together for mental health awareness.
Cost: $400 Scholarships available
Contact: MHAV 866-400-MHAV
Website: http://mhav.org/conferences/
Dates: Vary each year

Consumer Empowerment and Leadership Training (CELT) – MHAV’s flagship conference, is four days of workshops designed to give mental health consumers important tools for successful leadership and the skills to make your voice heard. This conference is designed for those that are further along in their recovery and are contemplating involvement in their communities or in the workforce. Many organizations, facilities and localities are seeking consumers to join their boards, committees, and work groups to improve mental health services and focus on high quality services. Community Service Boards and local Human Rights Committees are required by Virginia law to include consumers in their activities.
Cost: $500 Scholarships available
Contact: MHAV 866-400-MHAV
Website: http://mhav.org/conferences/
Dates: Vary each year

Facilitator Training – Allows CELT graduates to learn the art of facilitation. Through this training, participants will learn and develop the skills necessary to effectively facilitate and tailor a training to any audience.
Cost: $400 Scholarships available
Contact: MHAV 866-400-MHAV
Website: http://mhav.org/conferences/
Dates: Vary each year

Employment Trainings

Community Work Incentives Counselors and Benefits Specialists – Learn how to help Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities meet their employment goals. Run by vaACCSES — Call 1-877-822-2777 for information or email Marilyn Morrison at mmorrison@nullvaaccses.org.

Workforce Re-Entry – MHAV’s three-day, retreat-style conference will focus on the soft skills you need to find a job, to present yourself to a potential employer, or to understand dynamics in the workplace. This conference is especially intended for our peers in recovery, and who may not have held full-time employment for some time. Learn tips to make your resume compelling and relevant, learn to take care of yourself in the modern workplace, and gain some tools to deal with pre-interview anxiety. We will explore all of these, and practice interview techniques including what questions to ask the interviewer. Intended for the CELT graduate.
Cost: $400 Scholarships available
Contact: MHAV 866-400-MHAV
Website: http://mhav.org/conferences/

Recovery Conferences

VOCAL’s Annual State Wide Peer Conference

Each May peers from across Virginia gather for three days to share hope and experience, and to network and coordinate recovery efforts and systems change. The VOCAL Conference moves around the state from year to year, so that peers in different regions have the opportunity to participate.  Specific plans for 2018 will be announced in February.  Applications to present workshops will be received beginning in February ’18.
Cost: To be announced for 2018.  Sliding fee scale
Website: https://vocalvirginia.org/connect/vocal-conference/
Contact: VOCAL Network at 804-343-1777 or network /at/ vocalvirginia.org
Date: May 2017

Pathfinders – Pathfinders is a conference for veterans and service members of the military. This conference is three days long and focuses on trust, self-care, healing from trauma, and intentional and effective peer support. This program provides veterans with the tools necessary to serve as change agents in their community, effectively advocate for self and others, participate in system reform, and educate policy makers. Applicants are required to be 3 months post-crisis and provide two references.
Cost: $500 Scholarships available
Contact: MHAV 866-400-MHAV
Website: http://mhav.org/conferences/

MHAV’s QUEST – Quest is a three day conference hosted by MHAV that is geared towards people who are newer to recovery, and interested in exploring individual transformation. The short workshops are a good introduction to the more in-depth sessions of our other conferences and will guide individuals through activities that respect self-determination, connect with the recovery community, and explore personal needs & potential.
Cost: $400 Scholarships available
Contact: MHAV 866-400-MHAV
Website: http://mhav.org/conferences/

MHAV’s Tips, Tools and Trade Secrets  – Focuses on new ways to relax, rejuvenate and explore alternative practices in healing for your recovery journey.
Cost: $400 Scholarships available
Contact: MHAV 866-400-MHAV
Website: http://mhav.org/conferences/