BSAS Recovery Coach Trainings

FY19 BSAS 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 - $200; Two-day trainings (such as Ethical-Considerations) - $75.


Map of Upcoming BSAS Recovery Coach Trainings

Upcoming Recovery Coach Trainings

Recovery Coach Training
Training Location City Dates Trainers
Ethics for Recovery Coaching Worcester July 24, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Multiple Pathways for Recovery Coaches Worcester July 25, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Recovery Coach Supervisors
Training Location City Dates Trainers
Recovery Coach Supervisors Day 3 Hotel Northampton Northampton June 20, 2019 Sandra Munier & Paul Alves
Recovery Coach Academy
Training Location City Dates Trainers
Recovery Coach Academy (Boston) Congregation Lion of Judah Boston July 15, 2019 to July 19, 2019 TBD
Recovery Coach Academy TBD September 9, 2019 to September 13, 2019 TBD
Recovery Coach Academy TBD September 23, 2019 to September 27, 2019 TBD
Recovery Coach Academy TBD October 21, 2019 to October 25, 2019 TBD
Recovery Coach Academy TBD November 4, 2019 to November 8, 2019 TBD
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches
Training Location City Dates Trainers
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches TBD August 14, 2019 to August 16, 2019 TBD
Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches TBD November 20, 2019 to November 22, 2019 TBD

Recovery Support Services encompass many individual and community activities. This page is under development, and currently lists only Recovery Coaching-related trainings that are sponsored by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

For Recovery Coaching-related trainings sponsored by other entities, please check the Events Calendar.

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

Access and download the CARC (Certified Addiction Recovery Coach) Information and Requirements (pdf).

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

In recent years, the emphasis on building Recovery Oriented Systems of Care has led to profound changes in health care policies and criminal justice programs. The current opioid crisis and a greater awareness of the value of peer support has heightened a growing call for recovery coaches in a variety of settings. Peers are being hired to work in systems that may not yet have developed their own culture, commitment, and capacity to fully integrate peer 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. 

This training is not intended to train participants to be supervisors.  Participants are expected to already be supervisors or have supervisory skills training separate from this training.  Supervisors with clinical supervision background will receive necessary knowledge and skills needed to support the non-clinical role of recovery coaches.  It will provide a better understanding of the principles of recovery and the unique value of peer support.

This training is presented as a learning cycle consisting of three in person full day trainings, 2 in one week and then the third day 4 -6 weeks later. One small group coaching session will be offered between Days 2 & 3. Those who complete all three face-to-face training days are required to participate in two (2) Recovery Coach Learning Collaborative Webinars. Each one-hour engagement encourages further development of resources, boundary management tools and perspectives, as well as provides an opportunity to strengthen your Recovery Coach supervision skills and build your professional network.  The intention is to create a supportive learning community of supervisors of peer recovery support services.

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.