Training Center

FolkTime is the Oregon Hub for Intentional Peer Support Training.

Intentional Peer Support (IPS) training certifies participants with lived experience as Peer Support Specialists (PSS). Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recognizes our curriculum as an approved training program that qualifies participants who complete our course for state certification as Traditional Health Workers (THW) focused in Adult Mental Health. The training can also qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

FolkTime's Refund Policy

We require all cancellation requests to be submitted in writing to Requests made ten business days prior to the first day of training are eligible for a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee. If a cancelation must occur within the ten day period prior to the first day of class, participants will receive a full training credit that can be used for another training opportunity at FolkTime within a one-year timeframe. If participants attend the training and are unable to finish, partial payment arrangements will need to be made with the Director of Training; If training materials have been distributed, the cost of the book will be factored in.

Other Trainings

FolkTime is committed to supporting the peer workforce. We periodically partner with a variety of other individuals & agencies to offer a diverse assortment of peer-approved training, curriculum, & workshops. Please see our training calendar for further information.

Open Registrations

Other topics to be covered during the training include: Trauma, Crisis Alternatives, Ethics and Boundaries, Abuse Reporting, HIPAA, CSX Movement, and Progress Notes We all have our own “worldviews” and we thrive when they have been validated. We all have our own stories and some of us want to change what we have come to know. Creating a new and exciting story with another peer is wonderful! This allows us to stop dragging around the old baggage. We do this with seeing the world in a whole new way. You can too! In our training, we will practice IPS through various role plays, activities, videos, and demonstrations. PSS: A Peer Support Specialist is any [range of] individuals who provide supportive services to a current or former consumer of mental health or addiction treatment. (From ORS 414.025). Intentional Peer Support is recognized as an approved training for individuals working with Adults “Peer support specialist” means an individual providing services to another individual who shares a similar life experience with the peer support specialist (addiction to addiction, mental health condition to mental health condition).


Angel Prater

Angel Prater works for FolkTime as the Executive Director, is a Certified National IPS Trainer, and was named Oregon’s IPS trainer of trainers. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, and has recently become a grandmother of a chunky little baby boy.  Angel enjoys riding motorcycles, skydiving, socializing, and most of all, spending time with her family. Angel says, “Recovery became a new way of life. Living without the use of drugs allowed a life of mental wellness and stability.  I made a promise to take all of my life challenges and turn them into something good. I promised God that I will walk with those who are struggling so they may know that, no matter what, there is hope! IT CAN BE DONE!”  Since July 5, 1996, Angel has been supporting others by sharing her experience, strength and hope, without shame or guilt. She hopes to inspire others to share their story as well.  As the famous movie says, let’s “Pay it forward!”

Danielle Grondin

Danielle Grondin is honored to be part of the peer movement. Her schooling focused on Sociology and Civic Leadership, while her lived experience illuminated the strengths and shortcomings of our current systems of care. Danielle has been in educator roles for over a decade and is passionate about social justice, intersectionality, sustainability, and holistic healing modalities. As the Director of Training at FolkTime, Danielle specializes in Intentional Peer Support. She is also trained as a Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Specialist, a Hearing Voices Facilitator, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. Danielle is a pet parent to three fuzzy animals, loves the outdoors, and enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.  

"We need to heal the community to heal ourselves. We change ourselves through changing the world around us. Social justice and mental wellness cannot be separated."

Agustina Vidal ICARUS Project

"It was at that moment that I knew I had a choice. Up to that point I just assumed that stuff happened to me - that I had no control over it."

Shery Mead

Founder IPS