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Peer Wellness Specialist (PWS)

A Peer Wellness Specialist (PWS) is an individual who has lived experience with a psychiatric condition(s) plus intensive training, who works as part of a person-driven, health home team, integrating behavioral health and primary care to assist and advocate for individuals in achieving well-being.

Peer Wellness Specialist Training Requirements for Certification

  • Complete an approved training program; or
  • Provide documentation that you have worked or volunteered as a traditional health worker for at least 3000 hours in Oregon in the past five years; or
  • If you have completed some or all of the certification training requirements, you may be able to count previously - completed training toward certification
  • Peer Wellness Specialist are required to complete THW Oral Health for Peer Support and Peer Wellness Training Program, in addition to your approved training program curricula.


Once you are certified with the Oregon Health Authority, we will add you to our state registry. The registry is a reliable, trusted source for finding a traditional health worker in Oregon. 


Additional Resources for PHW

Do you have a Civil Rights Complaint or concern regarding THW-PWS services?

For additional Information about the THW program, please contact us at: Telephone: 971-673-3353
Fax: 971-673-1128