Advanced Peer Support Training

The West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR) Program has been recognized by The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as an Advanced Peer Counseling Class. The advanced peer counseling course provides a participant 44 'classroom' hours over a 6 day period (Sunday to Friday). The City of San Rafael (CA) sponsors this course, managing all relevant POST paperwork, to include attendance hours. At the retreat the peer support member will work with clients attending the program, participate in staff meetings and attend classes. This training offers the student a unique opportunity to work in a residential trauma recovery program under the supervision of clinicians and experienced peer support members. The WCPR program only serves First Responders.

There is no cost to attend the program and the room and board are free. The only cost to an agency will be the person’s time and personal transportation.

To attend the program as training the peer will need:

  • Basic Peer Counseling Class
  • At least two years experience as a peer counselor with any First Responder agency
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor
  • A telephone interview with the peer director and any additional person the peer director deems appropriate.

WCPR reserves the right to not accept any individual deemed inappropriate for the course. The client's needs come first. All participants are expected to sign a confidentiality document, acknowledging the participant's requirement to hold confidentiality in the highest regard. A breach of confidentiality is a zero tolerance issue in all aspects of the FRSN, WCPR, and SOS programs.

Due to space limitations only 3 peer counselors through POST can attend per session. We hold 12 sessions per year. The San Rafael Police Department has agreed to manage the POST paper work.

If you are interested please call (415) 721-9789 and ask for the peer director to contact you.

Basic Peer Support Training

This three day course will provide students with an understanding of basic peer support skills aligned with critical incident stress management (CISM), information about starting and maintaining peer support programs and other relevant and current information regarding stress, coping and treatment. 

For more information contact FRSN at or 415-721-9789.

Click on the links below to download information on our upcoming Peer Support Training Classes or contact us about hosting a training!

Peer Support Training, January 27-29, 2020, San Francisco, CA

Peer Support Training, April 27-29, 2020, San Francisco, CA

Peer Support Training, May 13-15, 2020, Eureka, CA

Peer Support Training, October 5-7, 2020, San Francisco, CA

You Are Not Alone by Daniel Sundahl

You Are Not Alone by Daniel Sundahl