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Trauma-Informed Training Opportunities Offered by Kiva Centers

The Kiva Centers are pleased to offer a wide array of trauma-informed training offerings for residents of Massachusetts and beyond. 

Peer-led training is a core part of our on-going mission to provide trauma-informed, public health resources and support to our community. The trainings listed are offered and endorsed by Kiva and facilitated by experienced members of our peer-run community. 

Contact us today at (508) 751-9600 for information on how to bring peer-led training to your community or organization!

Peer-Led Trainings


This is a rigorous training for people preparing for a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) role in the community or service systems. CPS training is designed for people who have some knowledge and experience with peer support. This 10-day training is an advanced course and provides the recipient with a credential and state-recognized certification.

Primary Audiences: Peer Support Workers and/or people with peer support training experience

Length: 60 Hours (Multiple CPS trainings are held a year individuals must apply)


This is an advanced training course designed for Certified Peer Specialist Supervisors. Supervisors, soon-to-be, and/or aspiring supervisors taking this training would ideally have 3 or more years of experience being certified and working as a CPS. Supervisors who are not CPSs. Supervisors who apply and are not trained as CPS can also benefit from this training. CPS Supervisors must be well-versed in the CPS model, and approach this training as a way to build this foundational knowledge. This training will teach supervisors how to inform policy through a peer support lens. Supervisors will learn the key components of CPS Supervision. Supervisors will learn how to tangibly apply transparency, mutuality, and collective growth to the foundation of their work.

Primary Audiences: Certified Peer Specialists, Directors of Peer Services, Peer Supervisors

Ideal Eligibility Requirements for the Training:

  • Certified Peer Specialist Credential
  • 3 or more years experience working in a peer support role
  • Minimum of 5 peer support training taken

For those Currently in CPS Supervisor Roles without a CPS Credential:

  • Understand the history, concepts, values, and ethics for the CPS role
  • Must be an advocate for the fidelity, purpose, and effectiveness of the CPS role, ethics, and values

Length: 10 Hours (available upon request from organizations)


The Youth & Young Adult Advocacy Training teaches participants the key components of Young Adult Advocacy and Peer support as they currently exist, challenges with the present structure, and efforts to revolutionize the work. Topics include understanding youth and young adults as a social classes of people, problems with tokenizing youth and young adults within services, and how to properly advocate with youth and young adults, all with an emphasis on youth liberation.

Primary Audiences: Young Adult Peer Mentors, Peer Support Workers, Social Workers, Educators, General Public

Length: 10 Hours (available upon request from organizations)


Parenting Journey supports mothers, fathers, caregivers and the general public to increase their confidence, capability, and resiliency – as individuals and as parents. The training includes activities, discussions and a family-style meal. During the final day, family and friends are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to honor the participation, accomplishments, and strengths of each person in the training.

Primary Audiences: Family Members, Peer Support Workers, General Public

Length: Once a week for 12-14 weeks (available upon request from organizations)


This training is part of SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), dedicated to promoting the wide-scale adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people in recovery.


Much is known and has been documented about the value of peer-to-peer support groups. Kiva’s Trauma-Informed Peer Support (T.I.P.S.) training takes peer support to the next level by supporting people with lived experience and/or peer support workers to achieve a greater understanding of and capacity to respond to trauma. This training reinforces the key principles of trauma-informed peer support, which leads to trauma-informed, resiliency-based outcomes.

Primary Audiences: Individuals providing peer support in a peer-run setting and/or who want a better understanding of peer support.

Length: 10 hours (Multiple TIPS trainings are held a year individuals must apply)


This rigorous training is designed for Certified Peer Specialists, community activists, and other behavioral health service providers. This course is an in-depth examination of trauma on an individual, community, generational, and systemic level. During the course, participants will learn about common trauma responses beyond the fight and flight narrative and how these experiences can impact worldview and later social determinants of health. Participants will be taught how to effectively partner with someone “living in” trauma using a combination of self-reflection, community-based, and harm-reduction approaches that will be put to the test through roleplay scenarios and live practice opportunities throughout the training. Participants will then be taught how to enact systems-level change through community building and trauma-informed policy writing. Central to this training is the understanding that trauma is a social issue that impacts everyone. By using a public health perspective, Kiva Centers steps away from traditional individual treatment-based approaches and towards collective healing models that work to strengthen the resiliency and resources available to individuals, families, and whole communities. At its core, Kiva Centers’ Peer Trauma Guide training is a paradigm shift from asking “what’s wrong with you?” to asking, “what happened to you?”

Primary Audiences: Peer Support Workers and/or people with peer support training experience, Behavioral Health, and Public Health workers.

Length: 10 Hours (available upon request from organizations)


Do No Harm is an anti-oppression, cultural humility, and social harm reduction training. This training is intended for participants to learn how to better work with communities of people who are impacted by systemic oppression. As well as how to recognize and be responsive to a variety of overlapping social identities and experiences. Do No Harm training is about understanding how most spaces are not safe for certain social class groups how do we reduce the harm on an interpersonal and individual levels.

Module instructions and debriefing sessions are structured in to practice various strategies taught within the course. Topics include but are not limited to social justice, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, curriculum building, and the impact of language.

Primary Audiences: Human Services Workers, General Public

Length: 3-6 Hours (available upon request from organizations)


The Psychiatric Survivor History Workshop is a course with a 2-part intention. The first intention is documenting and carrying forward the history of survivors labeled with psychiatric diagnoses. Early activism was a precursor to the modern peer support workforce, psychiatric survivor movement, and its origins in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 70s. The second intention of this course is a platform to train and discuss what psychiatric survivorship looks like now and where is our movement going? This workshop will teach participants about the myriad of individuals, organizations, and activist groups who pioneered this human rights movement in the United States and abroad.

Primary Audiences: Peer Support Workers, Social Workers, Educators, General Public

Length: 1-3 hours per workshop (available upon request from organizations)


The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. WRAP® is a wellness and recovery approach that helps people to:

1) decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors;
2) increase personal empowerment;
3) improve quality of life; and
4) achieve their own life goals and dreams

A WRAP® also includes plans for responses from others when an individual cannot make decisions, take care of themselves, and/or keep themselves safe.

Primary Audiences: General Public

Length: Once a week for 10 weeks (available upon request from organizations)

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