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APS Term 1 opens at 12:00pm EST, today (January 4, 2021)

APS Term 1 opens at 12:00pm EST, today (January 4, 2021)

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Dear APS Learners, 

 Happy new year and welcome back to the Academy! Term 1 2021 launches today at 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  Please see some important announcements and updates below. 

 Course Catalog for Term 1 Now Available: 

The Term 1 Course Catalog provides a complete listing of all courses that are now being offered through the Academy of Peer Services. To access the Course Catalog, click here.

The APS Course Catalog includes the CORE, Elective, and Supervision courses as well as 20+ hours of new elective and continuing education (CE) credits: 

  • Multicultural Interaction Skills for Peer Supporters (formerly known as Cultural Competence for Peer Providers) -- Elective Course: 4 HOURS 
  • Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization – CE Course: 1.75 HOURS 
  • Impact of Structural Racism on Children and Families – CE Course: 1.5 HOURS 
  • Implementing the CLAS Standards – CE Course: 1.5 HOURS 
  • Introduction to Behavioral Health Equity – CE Course: 1.5 HOURS 
  • Racism: A Public Mental Health Crisis – CE Course: 1.5 HOURS 
  • Racism: In Mental Health in New York City – CE Course: 1.5 HOURS 
  • Supervising from Home – Part 1 – CE Course: 1.8 HOURS  
  • Supervising from Home – Part 2 – CE Course: 1.0 HOUR  
  • Racism: A Public Mental Health Crisis – CE Course: 1.5 HOURS  
  • The Trauma of it All: How Race, Oppression, and COVID-19 Intersect – CE Course: 2.5 HOURS 

The APS Course Catalog will be updated as courses relaunch and new courses are made available throughout 2021.  


Term Dates: 

Term 1 begins at noon today, January 4, 2021, and ends at 5:00 pm on March 29, 2021. 


Getting Started in the New Term:

All courses and tests are reset during the term break. If you did not complete a course during a previous term, you will need to register again for the course. You will have two attempts to pass any course post test.

 Terms of Use:

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) provides funding to offer the course work and certification testing contained in the Academy of Peer Services (APS). Access to the APS imposes certain responsibilities and obligations. Appropriate use is ethical, honest, and legal and it upholds the integrity and credibility of the New York State Peer Specialist Certification. Whether or not you read the following Terms of Use, violation of the Terms of Use can result in suspension or restriction of access to the APS. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to become familiar with these Terms of Use


Getting Support

As part of your Terms of Use agreement to use the Academy of Peer Services, you will need to avoid creating or helping others to create duplicate accounts. If you have difficulties in accessing your account, please contact our User Support Specialist at


Share Your Experiences

As we (at APS and the Virtual Learning Community) pause to reflect on the past year and make our plans for priorities in 2021, it is important to get your feedback (and your level of satisfaction) with the Virtual Learning Community. What did you love? What did you hate? What can we stop doing? What should we make sure we keep on doing?


Let Us Know How We're Doing

To focus your feedback, we have two ways for you to share your thoughts.

(1) Complete a short, anonymous survey to let us know about your experiences in the past year, your ideas for the future, and maybe an inspirational quote or two that we can share with the community. 

To take our Virtual Community satisfaction survey, click here

 (2) Participate in an APS Listening Session---you do the talking, we do the listening!

Save the Date, January 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EST, for a Live (Online) Session with the APS Team

Thank you for your continued participation in the Academy. We wish you a productive term. Stay safe and visit us often!  

The APS Team