Family Peer Support Worker

Family Peer Support Worker | Requirements | Certifications | Internship | Re-certification | Continuing Education | Training Schedule | Additional Documents | Additional Links | FAQs

Family Peer Support Worker
The Family Peer Support Worker (FPSW) supports parents and other primary caregivers to ensure that their voice is heard, that their preferences are incorporated into their children’s plans of care, and that their natural support systems are strengthened. The FPSW helps families gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively manage their own needs and ultimately move to more family independence. The FPSW serves as a role model demonstrating effective relationships, interactions, and behaviors, sharing his or her experience as appropriate to establish a bond based on similar experience.

The Family Peer Support Worker uses a strengths-based and culturally sensitive approach that recognizes individual youth and family identity, cultural history, life experiences, beliefs, and preferences.

Family Peer Support Workers are primary caregivers who have “lived-experience” of being actively involved in raising a child who experiences emotional, behavioral, mental health and/or substance use challenges. This includes young people with neurobiological differences as well as those diagnosed with a serious emotional disorder or substance abuse disorder.

Family Peer Support Workers have experience navigating child-serving systems and have received specialized training to empower other families who are raising children with similar experiences. Specific requirements include:

  • Successful completion of a 40 hour training program
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid New Mexico mailing address
  • Valid New Mexico driver's license
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Parent or other family member of a child or youth who has received a diagnosis of Serious Emotional Disturbance and has received mental health and/or substance use treatment and support services, before the age of 18
  • Ability to manage your own well being

If you meet these requirements, please fill out an application (click here). This includes the family peer support worker application, code of ethics, job description and checklist.

If you are a Supervisor, please fill out this application (click here).

New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP), Inc. will be certifying family peer support workers. Examination dates will be listed on their website. Check for upcoming schedules here.

The NMCBBHP board evaluates and determines the readiness of the applicant and ensures the applicant has met or meets the board's requirements. Do you have at least 40 hours of internship? If so, please fill out and read the instructions on the Internship Verification Form.

Re-certification process includes submitting documentation totaling forty (40) hours of continuing education courses and training approved by the board every two years from certification date. Click here to open the re-certification review checklist to help you track your re-certication.

Continuing Education
Learn more on what agencies or conferences continuing education units (CEUs) are accepted - click here.

Training Schedule
Family Peer Support Worker and Supervisor Training
Behavioral Health Services is happy to announce that we have trained our first round of Family Peer Support Workers, Supervisors and Trainers in the Parent Peer Support Provider Practice Model Curriculum by Millie Sweeney with FREDLA (Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association).

We are excited to roll out our 4th round of trainings in 2019. See below for our next training date. Location is TBD.

  • March 18th to 22nd, 2019
  • May 2019 - date TBD
  • August 2019 - date TBD
  • November 2019 - date TBD

The trainings will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is centrally located. Please have all interested applicants apply by COB February 15th, 2019. Application packet is attached to this email. PLEASE SEND APPLICATIONS TO

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact Nicole Montoya-Jones directly by phone (505) 795-0261 or by email to

FPSW Certification Testing Dates
See below for the upcoming Family Peer Support Worker certification test dates with the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP), Inc.:

  • January 25, 2018
  • March 10, 2019
  • June 14, 2019
  • September 13, 2019
  • December 13, 2019

Location and times to be determined.

Additional Documents

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Frequently Asked Questions

What trainings do I need to take if I want to become a Certified Family Peer Support Worker in New Mexico? You will need to complete the 5 Day (40 hour) Parent Peer Support Provider (PPSP) Training. Future trainings will be schedule by CYFD BHS. Please check site for upcoming trainings.

What trainings do I need to take if I will be a Family Peer Support Worker Supervisor? You will need to take the 3 Day PPSP Supervisor Training. Future trainings will be schedule by CYFD BHS. Please check site for upcoming trainings.

What trainings do I need to take if I would like to become a trainer in the FREDLA Parent Peer Support Practice Model, in order to train future potential Certified Family Peer Support Workers in New Mexico? Individuals approved by CYFD BHS will need to take all three weeks of training to include the PPSP Training, Supervisor Training and the Train the Trainer Training. Once you have completed the training you will receive up to 8 hours of coaching a month by FREDLA via virtual/phone. You will need to train a minimum of 2 trainings per year, coordinated with CYFD BHS and Millie Sweeney with Fredla, once you have completed the PPSP Train the Trainer curriculum in order to keep your trainer status. Train the Trainer Trainings are only offered once a year, if funding allows.

When is the training? Initial trainings are scheduled to occur quarterly for the Family Peer Support Workers and for the Supervisor Training. Train the Trainer Trainers are only offered once a year, if funding allows.