The Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice is currently seeking applicants for our 9-week Community Health Worker Peer (CHWP)/Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training Academy. This program, sponsored by a grant from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, is designed to train men, ages 18-30, who have lived experience of violence to become Community Health Workers / Certified Peer Specialists. The basic requirements for eligibility for this training are:
Identify as male
Lived experience of violence (either to themselves or someone close to them)
HS diploma or GED
Willing to commit to 9 weeks of training (4 days per week, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday)
*PARTICIPANT PAYMENT* is provided, and transportation assistance is available.
The training will provide trauma-informed instruction where participants will gain skills in violence prevention/intervention, community education, health system navigation, how to approach physical health and mental health emergencies, addressing the impact of trauma, motivational interviewing, confidentiality, group facilitation skills and de-escalation techniques to help young people in Philadelphia who are injured by violence. Individuals who successfully complete the training will be eligible to work as Community Health Workers and/or Certified Peer Specialists.
For more information about the training, please contact Casey Chanton at crc72 (at) drexel.edu or 215-762-1170.
The deadline to apply for this training is Friday March 13, 2020.
To apply, please send us both your 1) RESUME and 2) APPLICATION FORM by email or regular mail:
The Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Community Health Worker Peer (CHWP) Training Academy
Attn.: Casey Chanton, Project Manager
1505 Race St, 6th floor
Philadelphia, Pa, 19102
To learn more and apply, click here.