Recovery Coach Training


Recovery Support Services encompass many individual and community activities. This page is under development, and currently lists trainings related to Recovery Coaching.

There are multiple training topics for Recovery Coaches. These trainings are designed for the specific activities and certification needs of Recovery Coaches, where many other trainings with similar titles are not. In addition to an Annual Recovery Coach Training Conference, topics include:

  • Recovery Coach Academy
  • Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches 
  • Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches 
  • Cultural Competency for Recovery Coaches 
  • Supervisors of Recovery Coaches

FY18 Recovery Coach Training Schedule

The list of anticipated or scheduled trainings for each topic below is followed by more detailed descriptions. 

Timing for most trainings: Check-in/Registration 8:30-9am; Training 9am-4:30pm.

Registration: When online registration is open, a live link will be added for registration via AdCare Educational Institute.

Cost: Recovery Coach Academy and Recovery Coach Supervisor - $125; Two-day trainings (such as Ethical-Considerations) - 65$;

Recovery Coach Trainings

Recovery Coach Academy
Training Location City Dates Lead Trainer
Recovery Coach Academy Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor Plymouth
August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Paul Alves and Angela Dalessio
Deaf Recovery Coach Academy - (#005/101) Four Points by Sheraton Norwood
August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Linda Sarage and Karran Larson
Recovery Coach Academy Edwards House Framingham
October 16, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Thulani DeMarsay and John Crowmwell
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches
Training Location City Dates Lead Trainer
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches - 2 Days Cultural Center of Cape Cod S. Yarmouth
August 8, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Mark Muhammad and John Cromwell
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches - 2 Days Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor Plymouth
September 13, 2017 to September 14, 2017
Angela Dalessio and Paul Alves
Recovery Coach Supervisors
Training Location City Dates Lead Trainer
Recovery Coach Supervisors Training - Day 3 (#002/101) Lighthouse Inn W. Dennis August 28, 2017 Alan Meister and Thulani DeMarsay
Recovery Coach Supervisors Training Days 1&2 (#006/101) Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center Westfield
August 29, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Sandra Munier and Michael Lewis
Recovery Coach Supervisors Day 1 and 2 Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center North Andover
September 27, 2017 to September 29, 2017
Angela Dalessio and Iliana Ojeda-Rivera
Cultural Competency for Recovery Coaches
Training Location City Dates Lead Trainer
Cultural Competency for Recovery Coaches TBD- Likely Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center Westfield October 10, 2017 Haner Hernandez

Recovery Coach Academy

The Recovery Coach Academy is a 5-day intensive training academy focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Recovery Coach role and functions
  • List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery
  • Build skills to enhance relationships
  • Explore many dimensions of recovery of recovery and recovery coaching
  • Discover attitudes about self-disclosure and sharing one’s story
  • Understand the stages of recovery
  • Describe the stages of change and their applications
  • Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege
  • Address ethical and boundaries issues
  • Experience recovery wellness planning
  • Practice newly acquired skills

Ethical Considerations

This two-day training will discuss ethical considerations specific to the peer-to-peer service of recovery coaching. The trainers will employ didactic presentations, small and large group work and discussions, along with case studies.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define ethics.
  • Describe why ethics are so important when performing recovery support services.
  • Discuss and practice an ethical decision making process.
  • List at least five recovery core values.
  • Discuss a personal code of ethics for recovery coaches.

Supervisors of Recovery Coaches

This three-day training (2 days in a single week, 1 day 4-6 weeks later, with 2 optional, one-hour Learning Collaborative webinars) prepares current supervisors to be supervisors for Recovery Coaches.The supervisor of Recovery Coaches serves in a pivotal position to provide thoughtful, intentional support to ensure the well-being of those seeking recovery while at the same time, support the integration of recovery principles and values within the organization. The Supervisors of Recovery Coaches training has been developed by the MA Bureau of Substance Abuse Services to help meet this need. This training is a non-clinical model developed by people in recovery, recovery coaches, and people with supervisory experience, some with a clinical background. 

Upon completion of this learning cycle, the participants will be able to:

  • Create a safe and conducive learning environment for supervisees.
  • Appreciate recovery as an individual process; articulate Recovery Coach roles, lanes, expectations, skills & art in support of recoveree.
  • Explore primary roles & functions (including legal & administrative expectations) of Recovery Coach Supervisors in a variety of settings.
  • List core competencies of effective Recovery Coach supervision.
  • Describe Models of supervision with a focus on applying an adaptive model to the supervision of Recovery Coaches.
  • Develop boundary & management skills to effectively negotiate the balance between employee supervision & organizational accountability.
  • Apply ethical considerations of Recovery Coaches to supervisory situations.
  • Assess personal capacity for leader, mentor and administrator roles & explore opportunities for continuous development of skill sets.
  • Review function & value of Recovery Wellness Plan and its implementation.
  • Practice new skills in role play and real time scenarios.