Peer Trauma Guide (PTG)

Please read below for upcoming training dates and how to apply.

Peer Trauma Guide (PTG)

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.

Course Length: 18 Hours


Upcoming Training Schedule


2022 Training Dates

November 16th-18th, 2022 (Online)

From 10:00am to 4:00pm ET

Apply here

*Due to COVID-19, all trainings will be held online via Zoom classes. You will be notified of the Zoom link once your application has been approved. 

For more information on Peer Trauma Guide classes, please email info@kivacenters.org or sjacobi@kivacenters.org.

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