New Mexico  Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc. 

 Family Peer Support Worker

What is a Family Support Worker? The Family Support Worker (FPSW) supports parents and other primary caregivers to ensure that their voice is heard, that their natural supports systems are strengthened.   The CFPSW helps families gain the knowledge to become informed decision makers.  Through the family peer process, caregivers increase their skills and confidence to effectively attain their goals and ultimately empower their family to navigate child serving systems with more independence.  The CFPSW serves as a role model demonstrating effective advocacy skills, building professional relationships, and displaying positive effective.   At times,  CFPSW share their own experience, to establish a bond on similar experiences.  The Family Peer Support Worker uses a strengths-based and culturally sensitive approach that is family-driven, child centered and considers cultural history, religion, life experiences, beliefs and preferences. 

Who is a Family Peer Support Worker?  CFPSWs are parents or primary caregivers who have the "lived experience" of being actively involved in raising a child who experience social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, or mental health with co-occurring substance use/misuse, or developmental disability challenges prior to age 18.  A CFPSW must have current knowledge of the child's challenges and/or diagnosis, clearly convey which child-serving systems and services they have utilized to assist their child with those challenges.  CFPSWs have experience, helping their child navigate child-serving systems and have received specialized training that fosters resiliency and empowers other families who are raising children with similar experiences. 

What are the requirements to become a Family Peer Support Worker and how you get certified?   Interested individuals can verify if you meet eligibility requirements and can complete online application at 

Family Peer Support Workers must have required "lived experience" and experience navigating child-serving systems.  Other specific requirements include:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Have a valid Driver's License
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must have been or are a parent or primary caregiver of a child or youth who:
    • has received a mental health diagnosis or developmental disability diagnoses with a co-occurring mental health diagnosis before the age of 18, and
    • has navigated child-serving systems on behalf of their child. 
      • Child serving system include mental health services, special education, juvenile justice, or child protective services.
    • Ability to manage personal wellbeing
    • Must be able to clearly articulate their child's disability and the services utilized

Other FPSW requirements:

  • Must have familiarity in one or more child-serving system.
  • Must have experience with and understanding of child-serving systems such as mental health services, special education, juvenile justice and child protective services.
  • Successful completion of a week-long Parent Peer Support Provider Training Program.
  • Complete 40 hours of pre-exposure/volunteer hours.
  • Pass NMCBBHP CFPSW exam.

What is the curriculum? The FREDLA  Parent Peer Support Practice Mode Training Curriculum is the foundation for teaching the Certified Family Peer Support Worker philosophy and skills.   This training will introduce and teach the elements of the family peer support necessary to understand and implement the practice. 

Participants will be given the opportunity to practice the skills needed to be a family peer support worker during the training.  This training is a certification requirement

and is provided by the CYFD Behavioral Health Services Family Engagement Team.  Participants will be awarded a certificate of completion which will then allow them to become eligible to take the certification exam through the NM Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals.

What are the Family Peer Support Worker Training Options?  There are three options for training:  Parent Peer Support Practice Model Training (PPSP), Supervisor Training and Coaching is available after you become Certified Family Peer Support Worker. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What trainings do I need to take if I want to become a Certified Family Peer Support Worker in New Mexico?  You will need to complete the PPSP Model Training.  The next training date to be announced and posted  on the New Mexico State University (NMSU) website at https://centerofinnovationnm.org/family-peer-support/

Future trainings will be scheduled


What trainings do I need to take if I will be a Family Peer Support Worker Supervisor trained in the FREDLA Parent Peer Support Practice? 

You will need to take the PPSP Supervisor Training.  The next training date to be announced and posted on the (NMSU) website at https://bhs.nmsu.edu/programs/fpsw/  

Future trainings will be scheduled

How and where do I apply to take the Family Peer Support Training to become a Family Peer Support Worker?  Review the training options, FPSW job description, certification requirements, certification checklist, Program Manual and complete your online eligibility application on the NMSU website at: https://centerofinnovationnm.org/family-peer-support/ 

Who to contact if interested? 

Visit the Children Youth and Families Department Behavioral Health Family Peer Support Program for more information 



                                                                           CYFD Behavioral Health Services (505) 827-8008 

Certified Family Peer Support Worker (CFPSW)