On-PACE: OnTrack Peer and Counselor Education

The On-PACE Program:
Receive paid training and education while working toward certification with the On-PACE Program.

What is On-PACE?

The On-PACE Program is a counselor and peer certification program that combines classroom training with on-the-job experience. Trainees work across nine OnTrack programs including residential and outpatient treatment facilities and transitional housing units, as well as with community partners such as La Clinica's Birch Grove Health Center.

The On-PACE counselor education and training includes classroom instruction in areas such as person-centered individual and group counseling, ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) assessment, cultural competency, ethics and boundaries, trauma awareness and universal trauma precautions, dual diagnosis and co-occurring treatment, and pharmacology.

Certifications offered in the On-PACE Program include CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor), QMHA (Qualified Mental Health Associate) and PSS (Peer Support Specialist).

How long is the program?

The time to achieve PSS certification is three months for full program participants, or one week for those only attending PSS training.

The time to gain certification as a CADC is approximately 18 months for full program participants. For those who join for training or apprenticeship only, times vary.

QMHA certification requires a combination of training and experience equivalent to three years. People who join the QMHA program will have different completion dates depending on previous experience.


For more information about the On-PACE Program, call (541) 816-8030.

To apply for this unique opportunity for counselor training and education, see the On-PACE Program Open Positions and associated application materials (linked below). Email completed program application packets to jobs@ontrackroguevalley.org

On-PACE Program Open Positions

On-PACE Counselor-in-Training/Direct Care

On-PACE Program Application Materials

On-PACE Program Application Packet
OnTrack Employment Application