About Forensic peer & family support

breaking down the barriers

People who have experienced justice involvement and incarceration face unique hardships and challenges in society. Research shows that the level of support an individual receives directly influences how a person navigates their path to community integration. In this immersive course, peer and family support professionals will gain invaluable knowledge and develop critical intervention skills to support individuals re-entering the community after incarceration.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Reduce recidivism by facilitating successful reentry of the individuals served

  • Outline the inner workings of the criminal justice system

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions at various points of contact

  • Analyze the unique challenges and opportunities of reentry

  • Explain the relationship between trauma-informed care and justice involvement

  • Formulate how to support individuals as they navigate reentry

Course eligibility:

To qualify for this PFCA course, you must meet the following conditions:

  1. Be currently employed in Arizona in one of the following qualifying roles:

    • Peer/recovery support specialist (PRSS)

    • Credentialed parent/family support provider (PFSS)

    • Supervisor for peer & family support employees

  2. Have a minimum of 2,000 direct service hours as either an employee or volunteer in peer or family support

  3. Have the recommendation and approval from your supervisor for each course attended

  4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of peer and family support principles

  5. Show evidence that you have obtained at least one of the following two options:

    • Have obtained a peer/recovery support specialist (PRSS) certificate in Arizona

    • Are an Arizona credentialed parent/family support provider (PFSS)

If you meet the above criteria, please fill out the application in its entirety and we will help you identify your best options for enrolling in your courses.