Recovery Trainings and Resources

Recovery Trainings

APPR (Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery)

APPR Trainings are available for you to take online. Register for the next class on the APPR page.

QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Become a certified QPR Gatekeeper for free online. We can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life. For more information email

Recovery Resources

Recovery Resources Center

Get information about drug and alcohol abuse, details on how to obtain help for yourself or a loved one, a description of various treatment options, answers to frequently asked questions, and a list of resources such as treatment programs and self-help groups. 

Recovery Organization of Support Specialists

ROSS is the Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (R.O.S.S.) which seeks to further develop and advance the role of Recovery Support within the community while promoting the right of self-determination and personal responsibility in individuals pursuing recovery.

Additional Training

RESPECT Initiative Training

Transform your experiences into an inspirational presentation to help spread hope and alleviate stigma in Alabama!

The RESPECT Initiative works with participants to develop the skills necessary to articulate and share their personal stories of mental health and substance use recovery into a concise 10-minute presentation. The training is designed for anyone interested in transforming their experiences into an inspirational presentation to help spread hope and alleviate stigma in Alabama.

With these stories, participants learn how to educate and influence decision-makers such as legislators and administrators, clinical personnel, direct caregivers, students, peers, and more. 

If you are interested in participating or would like more details about the training, contact: 

Nicholas Snead

Other Free CPS Educational Opportunities

Doors To Well Being offers free webinars and the last Tuesday of each month and they post recordings on their website. See what is offered at

Are you interested in becoming an Alabama Certified Peer Specialist?

Qualifications include:

  • Have personally experienced a mental health condition
  • Be in recovery
  • Be open-minded and willing to share your personal experiences with mental illness publicly
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have good communication skills, both written and oral
  • Complete and pass the Certified Peer Specialist Training sponsored by the Alabama Department of Mental Health, Office of Peer Programs

Certified Peer Specialist help their peers:

  • Develop communication, social, and problem-solving skills
  • Develop skills to combat negative self-talk
  • Develop support systems
  • Refine self-help skills

The Alabama Certified Peer Specialist Program is a five-day training program that includes instruction, discussion, and role-play with an examination after the training.

Note: Successful completion of the training and examination does not guarantee you a job. Peer Specialists are hired by individual providers and are subject to the provider’s application and hiring process.