Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Community Health Worker Plus


New to the Institute of Emerging Health Professions is our 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 Recovery Specialist (CRS) and Community Health Worker (CHW) training program starting summer, 2018.

These students will come from four different tracks:

  1. Community Health Worker (CHW) seeking advanced training
  2. Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) seeking advanced training
  3. Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) seeking advanced training
  4. A person who lived recovery experience in a continuous manner for a minimum of 18 months  

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 CRS is provided by Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT).

Certified Recovery Specialist Training
Community Health Worker Training
  • Foundations of Recovery
  • Defining Peer Recovery Support Services and the CRS Role
  • Multiple Pathways to Recovery
  • Message, Media, Advocacy
  • Confidentiality Part I: Values and Principles
  • Confidentiality Part II: Implementing Confidentiality Practices
  • Facilitating Recovery Planning
  • Documentation for the CRS
  • Communications Skill Building for Individuals and Groups
  • Family Recovery Management
  • Science of Addiction and Recovery
  • Trauma Concerns and the Recovery Process
  • Ethics Part I: Basic Concepts of Ethics in Peer Culture
  • Ethics Part II: Values, Ethics and Boundaries in Peer Culture
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Process Addictions
  • The Evolving Role of Self-Disclosure
  • Ethics and Self-Care for the CRS
  • CRS Exam Preparation Session
  • 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
  • At least 18 months of recovery experience

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