Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Community Health Worker Plus


 The Institute of Emerging Health Professions is offering a Community Health Worker Plus (CHW) program.  The life of this program depends on job availability, as we strive to find job placement for each of our students (although job placement is not guaranteed). 

We are offering a 6 weeks combined Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) and Community Health Worker (CHW) training program starting September 17, 2018.

Applicants must meet the following criteria :

  1. Be self-identified individuals who have received or are receiving mental health services for a serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness
  2. Have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma and within the last three years, have either maintained at least 12 months of successful work or volunteer experience, or earned at least 24 credit hours at a college or post-secondary educational institution

Through advanced training, graduates of this program will learn how to build individual and community health knowledge in order to improve quality and cultural competence of needed health services through outreach, community education, social support, advocacy, and care counseling.


Training for CPS is provided by Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).

Certified Peer Specialist Training
Community Health Worker Training
  • Recovery as Liberation ad Independence
  • Essential Skills of Peer Support and Peer Support Supervision
  • Experiential Group Process
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Interpersonal skills,
  • Documentation of patient visit
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Patient education
  • Dealing with difficult patients
  • Advocacy skills
  • Creating reports and presenting topics
  • Rules around HIPPAA, patient confidentiality, and the legal responsibility or reporting certain instances.
  • Medical literacy and medical vocabulary 
  • Team work
  • Professionalism and work place etiquette
  • Certified Lifestyle coach
  • Mental health first aid worker  


Minimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED with at least 12 months of sucessful work or volunteer experience
  • At least 18 years of age or older
  • Self-identified individuals who have received/receiving mental health services for a serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness

Please complete and send the application form to
Qualifying applicants can apply for financial assistance with Philadelphia Works Inc.

Contact Us

Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA
Director,  Steve Korman Center for Community Engagement

Phone: 215-503-1111