This training is approved for 3 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board (NYPSCB).

This comprehensive training, spanning an overview of human rights, the human rights-based approach to advocacy, and practical guidance on using the human rights framework, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to advocate for transformative change.


  1. Introduction and Welcome (15 minutes)
    1. Overview of the Importance of Human Rights Training
    2. Significance for CPS in Peer Support Roles
    3. Learning Objectives and Expectations
  2. Understanding Human Rights (45 minutes)
    1. Definition and Principles of Human Rights
    2. Relevance to behavioral health and Peer Support
    3. Historical Context: Evolution of Human Rights in behavioral health
    4. Case Studies: Applying Human Rights in Challenging Scenarios
  3. Human Rights-Based Approach to Advocacy (45 minutes)
    1. Overview of a Human Rights-Based Approach
    2. Incorporating Human Rights into Peer Support Practices
    3. CPS as Advocates: Navigating Ethical Dilemmas
    4. Interactive Workshop: Building Human Rights Advocacy Skills
  4. The Human Rights Framework and International Standards (45 minutes)
    1. Introduction to the UN Declaration of Human Rights
    2. Understanding the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    3. Real-life Examples: Successful Advocacy Using International Standards
    4. Group Discussions: Strategies for Effective Implementation
  5. Advocating for Change: Practical Application (60 minutes)
    1. Crafting an Advocacy Plan Using Human Rights Principles
    2. Role-playing Exercises: Applying the Framework in Various Scenarios
    3. Collaborative Activity: Developing Systemic Change Initiatives
  6. Reflection and Discussion (15 minutes)
    1. Recap of Key Learning Points
    2. Sharing Personal Insights and Experiences
    3. Q&A Session
  7. Conclusion and Next Steps (15 minutes)
    1. Acknowledgment of Participants
    2. Providing Resources for Further Learning
    3. Feedback and Evaluation


  1. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the principles and relevance of human rights in the context of behavioral health.
  2. Apply a human rights-based approach to advocacy in peer support, addressing ethical considerations.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing the human rights framework, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
  4. Develop practical strategies for advocating for change in behavioral health systems, using international standards as guidance.
  5. Enhance interpersonal and advocacy skills through interactive workshops, role-playing exercises and collaborative activities.


This four-hour training session aims to empower Certified Peer Specialists with the knowledge and skills necessary to champion human rights in behavioral health, fostering a more compassionate, inclusive and rights-focused approach within their peer support roles.