Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) for Peer Support Specialists
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Expires on Jan 17, 2025
Credit Offered
0.25 COP Credit

Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) is the practice of providing community-based mental health treatment under civil-court commitment to individuals who have a history of treatment non-adherence. AOT teams are increasingly leveraging the talents of Peer Support Specialists to meet the needs of the AOT participants. This learning module seeks to increase Peer Support Specialist knowledge and skills in working with this challenging population.


Self-paced Module

Learning Objectives

o Define AOT.

o Describe how AOT participants may differ from other mental health consumers who have worked with a Peer Support Specialist.

o Outline strategies that a Peer Support Specialist may employ to help AOT participants engage in treatment.


  • Definition of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
  • Description of AOT participant’s specific challenges
  • Definition of treatment engagement
  • Strategies for increasing engagement in treatment
    • Understanding the change process

Target Audience

Peer Specialist/Peer Support

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 20 minutes
Program Start Date: January 17, 2022
Program End Date: January 17, 2025

How to Earn Credit

There is no continuing education credit for this activity.

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  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
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