Peer Recovery Training Program


Become A Peer Recovery Support Coach!

Provided by The Center for Corporate and Professional Education at Cape Cod Community College and Fairwinds – Nantucket’s Counseling Center

The Center for Corporate and Professional Education (CCPE) at Cape Cod Community College is pleased to provide training that will assist Fairwinds as it leads the effort to create a community on Nantucket that supports those in recovery and professionals providing treatment. The initial phase of the initiative will include two certified trainings being offered on the island, 1) Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) and 2) Ethical Consideration for Recovery Coaching. By making the training accessible to Nantucket residents and more affordable, this initiative provides a valuable opportunity for both individuals in recovery and mental health professionals across the island.

What is a Recovery Coach?

A recovery coach promotes recovery by serving as a guide and mentor for individuals with alcohol and other drug problems. This coach empowers the individual in their personal journey towards recovery by offering hope while providing advocacy, guidance, support, and knowledge.

Recovery coaches do not provide clinical services. However, they often become a very important member of a person’s recovery support network. Recovery coaches work with people from diverse backgrounds; they help to motivate and encourage recoveries during times of struggle and they may be called on to support individuals when they are experiencing difficult emotional states. To help prepare coaches, the Recovery Coach Academy provides coaches with an introduction to information and strategies for cultural competence, effective communication, motivational enhancement, and crisis intervention.

Why Become A Recovery Coach?  

Rod Rushing CCAR Certified Recovery Coach Trainer partnered with Colorado Mental Wellness Network to deliver the 1st RCA training for Colorado in July 2015. After the training concluded, Rod asked each of the participants a few questions about their experience. What resulted is a power piece that answers the question often asked, “Why become a Recovery Coach?”

The first part of this program will include two certified trainings offered on island:

1) Recovery Coach Academy Training

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a five-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. Provided in a retreat like environment, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© prepares participants by helping them to actively listen, ask really good questions, and discover and manage their own challenges.

Recovery Coach Academy participants will:

  • 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 your 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

By designing the academy as more of a retreat or learning community, each participant comes away with not only the necessary skills, but are fully empowered and motivated. The lessons taught in the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© expand way beyond the role of recovery coach, as many graduates leave feeling a greater sense of self, solidifying their position as allies in the every changing recovery community.

Recognized nationally as the original and leading recovery offering of its kind, CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy© is an innovative new approach to healing people’s lives that is unlike any other training. It offers participants the once-in-a-lifetime experience to gain new knowledge, be challenged, and reap valuable rewards, providing the essential learning, tools, and resources needed to become an effective recovery coach.

Who should attend the Recovery Coach Academy Training?

Anyone in the recovery field. The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is an innovative new approach to healing people’s lives that is unlike any other training. Utilizing a dynamic approach to learning that blends both process and content, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has been referred to as “pure recovery genius”, If you’re ready to learn, be challenged, and reap valuable rewards for life, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a must for anyone in the recovery field.

Scope: 5 full days of training

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Time: TBD

2) Ethical Consideration for Recovery Coaching

Recovery coaching as a peer-to-peer recovery support services has grown exponentially over the past four years. The issue of ethical consideration has been discussed in many circles yet formal training has been lacking. This two-day training addresses this critical need. Using presentations, small group work, role play and a decision making matrix many areas will be addressed including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement and legal issues.

Ethical Consideration participants will:

  • Understand what ethics are and why ethics are so important when performing Recovery Coach Services
  • Learn how to stay in your lane as a recovery coach
  • Understand the decision making process
  • Develop guidelines for making ethical decisions
  • Apply the new learning to your everyday work as an RC

Scope: 2 full days of training

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Time: TBD

Training Program Details

  • You must attend all training sessions in full.
  • Must be over 18-years or older with personal experience with addiction.
  • Training would provide eligibility for hire and certification through the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services in Massachusetts.
  • Fairwinds – Nantucket’s Counseling Center is sponsoring and covering training costs.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Recovery Coach Certification

You can now become credentialed as a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) in Massachusetts. The credentialing process is managed by the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification. Please contact them at 508.842.8707 with questions. Application requirements, instructions, and forms can be found here:

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