What is VSR?
ASAP-NYCB's Veteran Supported Recovery (VSR) is a new peer specialty certification for professionals interested in offering specialized peer support to Veterans. The VSR certification and associated role-specific training have been developed in response to demand from the field, first voiced at the 2019 ASAP Veterans Summit in Tarrytown, New York.
The Orientation 5-hour training module, required for non-Veteran certification candidates, is now available online. This module is designed to give non-Veterans a more complete understanding of military culture, jargon and values.
The VSR certification and the core 20-hour VSR training will be launched in July 2021.
Both the Orientation Module and the VSR Training are also ASAP-NYCB approved for continuing education credits (CARC, CRPA, CRPA-parenthetics) when not applied to VSR certification.
What is the VSR training program?
The ASAP-Peer Workforce Initiative (PWI), working with military, including Veterans, and peer recovery subject matter experts, has developed the required training for VSR candidates. See details on ASAP-PWI sidebar (at right).
This training (either or both parts) is also approved by ASAP-NYCB for continuing education credits (CARC and CRPA, and CRPA-parenthetics).
Training is offered to participants interested in:
- Expanding their peer recovery knowledge base
- Preparing for certification as VSR; or
- Earning approved continuing education hours for renewal of ASAP-NYCB peer recovery certification (CARC, CRPA, CRPA-Parenthetics) - http://www.asapnys.org/ny-certification-board/renewal-program/
- Learning how to effectively navigate the challenges of supporting a Veteran with Substance Use Disorder
What are settings where VSR Professionals are likely to work?
Like other peer professionals, VSR professionals work in a wide variety of settings. They work in community-based substance use programs, recovery centers and recovery-oriented clubhouses, community mental health agencies, Veterans hospitals and community-based Veterans programs, as well as in Veterans housing and employment programs. Simply stated, VSR professionals work wherever Veterans are served.
Who is eligible for VSR certification?
ASAP-New York Certification Board has determined that VSR requires candidates meet the following standards:
In good standing as one/more of the following:
- Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC);
- Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA);
- NY Certified Peer Specialist (NYCPS) (Mental Health);
- Equivalent initial peer recovery credential
VSR Certification Standards:
- Eligible candidates for VSR certification must be:
- A Veteran who is a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) who served on active duty and was discharged under conditions which were other than dishonorable.
- A non-Veteran may qualify if s/he satisfactorily completes an additional NYCB authorized training program to demonstrate competency and fluency in military culture; and instill effective strategies for building trust in the Veteran relationship.
- All candidates must complete an NYCB approved VSR competency-based training program totaling 20 hours and covering the four identified performance domains of: advocacy; recovery for Veterans; military culture & resources; and ethical responsibility.
- All candidates must also acknowledge and attest to adhering to the professional ASAP-NYCB Code of Ethical Conduct, including its VSR-specific addendum.
- Every three years, VSR certificants must demonstrate completion of at least three (3) hours of continuing education in NYCB-approved courses related to any of the four performance domains of the Veteran Supported Recovery certification.
Are there scholarships for VSR training and/or certification fees?
VSR is not currently eligible for publicly-funded scholarships. Privately-funded scholarship opportunities may be available.
How do I apply for the Veteran Supported Recovery (VSR) certification?
Launching in July 2021, please see full details and instructions at the ASAP-NYCB homepage - http://www.asapnys.org/ny-certification-board/.
A note of thanks
ASAP-NYCB gratefully acknowledges the support of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for invaluable financial support - https://cabrinihealth.org/.
Veteran Supported Recovery Training
The Veteran Supported Recovery training developed by ASAP-PWI consists of two modules which may be taken separately or consecutively:
- Orientation-5 hrs (now available at https://asapnys.digitalchalk.com/learn/orientation-veteran-supported-recovery-vsr ). Recommended, but not required, for Veterans seeking certification as VSR Professional. Required for non-Veterans.
- VSR Training-20 hrs (available July 2021)
The VSR training program consists of content specifically designed to meet the role knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) required to perform competently as a VSR professional. These KSAs were identified in the VSR Role Delineation Study-Job Task Analysis, which stipulates 4 domains (or content headings) and 21 itemized KSAs (presented below - click here to open).