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

Recovery Coach Supervisors
Training Location City Dates Trainers
Recovery Coach Supervisors Day 3 Congregation Lion of Judah Boston December 18, 2017 Thulani DeMarsay and Kate Duffy
Recovery Coach Supervisors Days 1 and 2 Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center Westfield
January 17, 2018 to January 18, 2018
Sandra Munier & Michael Lewis
Recovery Coach Supervisors Day 3 Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center Westfield February 20, 2018 Sandra Munier & Michael Lewis
Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches
Training Location City Dates Trainers
Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches (A) Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center Framingham January 5, 2018 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches (B/C) Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center Framingham
February 8, 2018 to February 9, 2018
Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches
Training Location City Dates Trainers
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches Congregational Lion of Judah Boston
January 11, 2018 to January 12, 2018
Robert Rousseau & Alex Fildago

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.

MI-B is designed for the peer/recovery professional who wishes to deepen their understanding and improve their practice of Motivational Interviewing. It includes a brief review of MI’s basic underpinnings – rationale, perspectives – and focuses more intently on considerations for its non-clinical use. Significant time is devoted to hands-on practice of TWO core MI skills (Open-Ended Questions & Affirmation), with exercises built to help participants recognize/utilize Change Talk and identify/catalyze Recovery Capital. Observer feedback is also provided.

MI-C is designed for the peer/recovery professional who wishes to deepen their understanding and improve their practice of Motivational Interviewing. It includes a brief review of MI along with opportunities to explore non-clinical practice parallels. Significant time is devoted to hands-on practice of TWO core MI skills (Reflection, Summation) with exercises built to help participants recognize the impact of verbal/non-verbal listening, as well as the mechanics of authentic MI conversations. Observer feedback is provided along with a self-assessment and facilitated discussion of professional next steps.

​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.