Recovery Coach Training

Overview

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 
  • Recovery Coach Supervisors

 

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

Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches
Training Location City Dates Lead Trainer
Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches (A) Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland October 19, 2017 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches (A) Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center Westfield November 2, 2017 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches (B/C) Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland November 28, 2017 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches
Training Location City Dates Lead Trainer
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches- 2 Days The Cultural Center of Cape Cod S. Yarmouth
October 24, 2017 to October 25, 2017
Thulani DeMarsay and Mark Muhammad
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches - 2 Days Warren Conference Center Ashland
November 16, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Linda Sarage and John Cromwell
Recovery Coach Supervisors
Training Location City Dates Lead Trainer
Recovery Coach Supervisors Day 3 Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center North Andover October 30, 2017 Angela Dalessio and Iliana Ojeda-Rivera
Recovery Coach Supervisors Day 1 and 2 Congregation Lion of Judah Boston
November 13, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Thulani DeMarsay and Kate Duffy
Recovery Coach Supervisors Day 3 Congregation Lion of Juhdah Boston December 18, 2017 Thulani DeMarsay and Kate Duffy
Recovery Coach Academy
Training Location City Dates Lead Trainer
Recovery Coach Academy Congregation Lion of Juhdah Boston
December 11, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Linda Sarage and Alex Fidalgo

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.

Recovery Coach Supervisors

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.

Cultural Competency for Recovery Coaches

The one-day workshop is designed to highlight and explore the needs of Recovery Coaches working with culturally diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.  The participants will be able to understand the role cultural competency in Recovery Coaching and will learn proven techniques and strategies for engagement.  The training will include didactic as well as interactive exercises designed to engage participants and elicit their input.  The training is intended for entry to advanced level.

  • Identify at least 3 barriers to delivering culturally intelligent Recovery Coaching; 
  • Identify at least 3 cultural issues and dynamics in the planning, delivery and evaluation of Recovery Coaching;
  • Identify the role of internalized and institutionalized oppression.
  • Identify at least 5 techniques and strategies that work.
  • Identify community based resources.

Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches

Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches offers participants unique opportunities to deepen their understanding, practice and proficiency with MI, a highly-regarded evidence-based practice for encouraging, facilitating and supporting behavior change as it may be specifically adapted for non-clinical uses by Recovery Coaches & Peers. Segments stand alone and need not be taken in alphabetical order. Specifically, they cover the following:

Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches (A) is an introduction to Motivational Interviewing. It is designed for peers/recovery professionals who are new to the field and/or who have little to no experience with this powerful, practical tool. It provides a general overview of the history, processes, skills (O.A.R.S), spirit and use of MI in recovery-specific environments, as well as meaningful hands-on practice with observer feedback.

​Upon completion of this learning cycle, the participants will:

  • Understand the historical basis, core tenets, processes and skills of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Compare and contrast the use of MI within a variety of environments; mental health, human services, education, substance use, etc.
  • Articulate how/why MI works within the specific non-clinical lane of the Recovery Coach/Peer.
  • Explore the depth and variety of interpersonal interactions that encourage individual change in substance use, recovery and mental health settings.
  • Practice each of the skills O-A-R-S with meaningful observer feedback.

More information about Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches (B/C) will be added soon.