We are a project of the Academy of Peer Services and offer a clearinghouse for the peer support workforce in New York State (and beyond) to connect, communicate, and collaborate!
Click on the pages in the header menu or below to explore this site. Visit the Academy of Peer Services home page to access our online courses. We are separate from, but collaborate with, the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board to ensure quality education, training, and professional development of the peer support workforce in New York State..
Note: hyperlinks on this site are orange and/or underlined.

Our Website Pages

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Learn about our Academy of Peer Services team and Advisory Council,
and find links to our website, literature, and user support email address.

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Here you’ll find links to our blog and newsletter.

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Check out our exciting new interactive events calendar!

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This page contains links to upcoming and previous webinars.

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Job Bank

Our Job Bank has pages for job seekers, employers who want to submit a job
for posting, job fair information, frequent employers, and a record of past jobs.

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Here you’ll find pages with information about phone support,
support groups, and support for supporters.

Main APS Site

Learn about the Academy of Peer Services.

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Our resources page links to a range of information on peer certification,
peer-related organizations, anti-racism, wellness, supervision, and more!

Contact Us

Let’s get in touch!

If you have questions about the Academy of Peer Services or the Virtual Learning Community website, just send us an email:


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The Academy of Peer Services (APS) is a joint venture of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) and Rutgers University School of Health Professions (SHP) with funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). The Virtual Learning Community is intended to bridge the gap between the online courses in the Academy of Peer Services and what is happening in the real world of peer supports and services in the multitude of settings where peers are practicing their support skills.

We welcome anyone whether you are just exploring peer support as a career or have been offering peer support for most of your life. This site is also for employers (we post job openings and have access to qualified peers to fill those positions) and supervisors who are seeking to learn more about how to best provide supervision to this evolving workforce.

We are updating the information on this site daily. Visit the News page to see back issues of our newsletter.

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