The PIER Training Institute was created in 2010, offering high quality training with the nation’s leading experts on innovative mental health services.

Founded by Dr. William R. McFarlane, the PIER Training Institute offers comprehensive training and certification programs on the PIER Model, an early intervention program for young people at risk for a severe mental illness, and Family Psychoeducation, a method for training families to work together with a mental health professional as part of a treatment plan.

The PIER Training Institute faculty works closely with agencies by providing ongoing training, consultation, and assistance to monitor fidelity and adherence to the model in order to maximize the treatment effectiveness and impact. The faculty have worked for many years as mental health practitioners and trainers, using the procedures and skills they teach.