CCAR's Recovery Coach Academy has become the most sought after training programs for Recovery Coaches, those who provide Peer Support Services to those in or seeking recovery from an addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs, or anyone who just simply wants to understand more about the recovery process. While each course can be taken independently of each other, it is recommended that the RCA or Recovery Coaching Basics be completed first to gain a full understanding of our RC Framework. (Again, this is a suggestion, not a requirement).
Each training does provide credit good towards obtaining certification in your home state. While we are accepted nationally at most certification boards including IC&RC Member boards, we do encourage new participants to check with their local board prior to signing up for any course. If you need information from CCAR to present to them for approval (agenda, breakdown of hours, etc.) please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We do offer trainings here in CT, and in many other states throughout the country that are all trained by authorized CCAR Trainers. You may find a full listing of authorized trainers here. The listing of CCAR Trainings offered by independent trainers in different states across the country require a separate registration process. Although you can view and enroll in Protraxx, you will need to contact the trainer directly to complete their application process. That calendar is located here. In most cases courses do have a fee associated and information regarding payments will be listed in the course description.
Please click on the Training below to read more about the program and see upcoming trainings dates/opportunities.
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30 CEUS, $850 REGISTRATION FEE
CCAR, A GLOBAL LEADER IN QUALITY RECOVERY COACH TRAINING, BASES ALL OFFERINGS ON THE FUNDAMENTALS OF COACHING EXCELLENCE.
WHAT IS A RECOVERY COACH?
A Recovery Coach promotes recovery and removes barriers and obstacles to recovery, serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery from an addiction to alcohol and or other drugs.
While we believe in the title Recovery Coach, there are many other titles that are used for this sought after position. What distinguishes a coach from other peer positions is that we stay in the lane of providing support for people in recovery from an addition to alcohol and or other drugs.
ABOUT THE RCA
The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© was conceived in 2008 in response to the needs of volunteers in the CCAR Recovery Community Centers. They asked for more training to better handle the variety of scenarios and situations generated from recoverees who frequented the centers. This included engagement and communication skills. When graduates returned from the academy, they started calling themselves “Recovery Coaches”.
While the CCAR RCA has had a few updates over the past 10 years, the foundation principles of recovery coaching have stood the test of time. Today we use the following description to promote our program:
The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a 5-day intensive training academy focusing on providing individuals with the skills need 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 stuff.
CCAR 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 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
CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© Agenda
Each day of the Recovery Coach Academy© is set up so that participants gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be a Recovery Coach by using the principles behind adult learning theory which states:
- Adults are internally motivated and self-directed
- Adults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences
- Adults are goal oriented
- Adults are relevancy oriented
- Adults are practical
- Adult learners like to be respected
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.
The CCAR mission and vision can be seen in everything we do, and our guiding principles are woven throughout the Recovery Coach Academy©, making it one of the most sought out recovery oriented training programs.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE CCAR RECOVERY COACH ACADEMY©?
"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."
24 CEs, $500 Registration Fee
All classes will be held in person in CT
CCAR has designed a unique opportunity for experienced recovery coaches to come together to deepen their understanding of the foundational principles of recovery coaching. These essential skills, outlined in the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy©, are actively listening, asking good questions, discovering and managing our own stuff all while treating the recoveree as their own best resource. This four-day program will draw upon the vast recovery coaching experiences of the attendees to expand our collective practice and to better improve our own individual art of coaching. Because this is an advanced class, we are asking that attendees consider the following prerequisites before registering: completion of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© and at least six (6) months of experience in a coaching setting.
Participants who attend this training will:
- Define recovery coach mastery;
- Explore what it means to actively listen and why it’s an essential coaching skill;
- Learn how to practice actively listening through mindfulness;
- Understand what is meant by asking good questions and how to interview a recoveree to motivate and support their identified recovery journey;
- Demonstrate the art of crafting good questions that prompt meaningful conversations;
- Discover what is meant by “stuff” in order to acknowledge biases that can influence the coaching relationship;
- Recognize when our “stuff” clouds our performance;
- Identify and discuss the barriers to our own coaching practices;
- Apply the foundational principles of recovery coaching to real life examples/scenarios;
- Set individual professional development goals to improve one’s art of recovery coaching practice.
Register for July 2023 here.
More and more the population of persons seeking recovery from an addiction is getting younger and younger. Coaches who can speak the language of a younger generation can greatly impact their access to sustained long term recovery.
The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© for Young People was developed to enhance the skills of young people supporting other young people on their recovery journey. We believe this ground-breaking training program is one of the best available for young people interested in recovery coaching. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide and mentor others through their own recovery process and is open to everyone – people in recovery, family members, friends and allies. Much like the journey of recovery, this training offers a transformational experience. This innovative new training will be delivered as three days live and two days online.
Participants in this course will learn to:
- Describe the roles and functions of a recovery coach
- List the fundamental principles of recovery coaching
- Explore different definitions and pathways of recovery
- Build communication skills to enhance relationships
- Discover attitudes about self-disclosure & sharing your story
- Understand the role of belief systems and values in the coaching relationship
- Describe the different roles and applications for recovery coaching
- Increase awareness of culture, power & privilege
- Address ethical & boundary issues
- Experience recovery wellness planning
- Practice newly acquired skills
PLEASE FIND THE FOLLOWING WHITE PAPERS WRITTEN TO SUPPORT THESE EFFORTS
- The Criminalization of Addiction: Privilege and Addiction By Christopher Poulos
- The Impact of Language on Behavioral Health: Stigma, Policy and Practice by Robert Ashford
- Bridging the Gap: Embrace and Understanding the Many Pathways of Recovery by Michael Miller
- Defining Recovery Today by Bryn Gallagher
- Understanding your Rights and the Limitations of the Law by Doug Rudolph
- Creating your Holistic Recovery Lifestyle by Ivana Grahovik
- Tax and Personal Finance by William Horton
- A Brief History of Youth Recovery Supports by Kristen Harper
16 CEs, $300 REGISTRATION FEE
Recovery coaching as a peer-to-peer recovery support services has grown exponentially over the past few years. The issue of ethical considerations has been discussed in many circles yet formal training has been lacking for recovery coaches. This 16 hour training addresses this critical need. Based on the widely used Ethical Guidelines for the Delivery of Peer-based Recovery Support Services by William White and PRO-ACT (2007), we designed this training to help coaches, and anyone else working in the peer role, to understand how critical it is to be ethically responsible. Using presentations, small group work, and role play to address many areas including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement and legal issues. This year we have added an additional half day of training, to allow for more opportunities to practice using relevant scenarios coaches may face on a daily basis.
PARTICIPANTS WHO COMPLETE THIS TRAINING 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 every day work as a RC
12 CEs, $250 REGISTRATION FEE
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A PROFESSIONAL RECOVERY COACH?
Now that recovery coaches are being recognized as having such a profound impact in recovery, many more organizations are looking to hire coaches. Coaches that can easily demonstrate a high level of professionalism may easily assimilate into these new exciting employment opportunities.
CART is dedicated to building training programs to support this movement, so that coaches are able to regularly refine their craft of actively listening, asking good questions and managing their own stuff. Because of these high standards of excellence for our training programs and expectations of what we feel make good Recovery Coaches, CART is constantly asked to help agencies looking to employ CCAR trained Recovery Coaches. However, the landscape of where those roles are available has changed. Typically you’d find Recovery Coaches at your local recovery community centers, but now we are seeing a greater need for skilled coaches to work in other professional settings, such as hospitals, treatment facilities, police stations and court systems. In response to the demand, CART has developed what we think will be a highly utilized and sought after training program for Recovery Coaches looking to work or are working within professional settings.
PARTICIPANTS IN THIS TRAINING WILL:
- Define professionalism as it pertains to recovery coaching;
- Learn about and develop the various characteristics that a professional possesses;
- Understand their personal accountabilities in their role as recovery coaches;
- Learn the importance of the concept “stay in their lane” when it comes to working in a large system, like a hospital, court and/or treatment system;
- Reexamine the roles of a recovery coach in order to maintain good boundaries when working in professional settings;
- Have opportunities to practice and demonstrate newly acquired skills.
SPIRITUALITY FOR RECOVERY COACHES
12 CEs, $250 REGISTRATION FEE
Got Spirituality? Spirituality is not only a deeply personal subject, it is often a large component of recovery. So, how do you guide someone through their own process while managing your own stuff?
The purpose of this program is to help you as a recovery coach understand what spirituality is and how you would help someone in their own process of discovering spirituality. This two day course will help you explore your own beliefs and values as it comes to spirituality. This training will provide you with the tools and resources needed as a recovery coach so you can speak about spirituality in a way that is accepting of others.
Just like the RCA, this training is going to challenge you in a way that helps to promote your own understanding of spirituality. We believe that spirituality plays a large part in recovery and hope that by completing this course, you will be able to help those you serve understand, accept and embrace spirituality for themselves.
PARTICIPANTS IN THIS COURSE WILL:
- Define spirituality.
- Explore personal beliefs and values as it comes to spirituality.
- Discover how to work with others whose spiritual beliefs may be different than yours.
- Learn about the tools, resources, and language needed for a recovery coach to address spirituality in a way that is inclusive.
6 CEUS, $50 REGISTRATION FEE
A ONE-DAY TRAINING DESIGNED TO HELP YOU GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS.
This training is based on our flagship training, the Recovery Coach Academy (RCA). This curriculum provides a basic, introductory version of Recovery Coaching in order to meet the needs of those who want a general understanding of the recovery process to better understand and support the recovery of their loved ones, friends, and colleagues. Although we believe our five day curriculum is the preferred vehicle to learn about this very important role, we do realize that not everyone has the desire to become a recovery coach or the amount of time need for that type of endeavor. Our hope is that many of your questions about recovery and the recovery process will be answered. Much like the journey of recovery, this training provides you with an emotionally rich experience, combined with skills and techniques for real life application. Whether you use it to improve your relationships with those in or seeking recovery, or apply it to your own recovery… you will be transformed.
PARTICIPANTS IN THIS COURSE WILL LEARN TO:
- Define and increase fluency in the language of recovery
- Build capacity to understand, support and advocate for recovery
- Learn about specific skill sets key to supporting recovery
- Create a learning community to advance the recognition, acceptance and support of recovery
This training program can be delivered onsite. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on hosting one in your community.
12 CEs, $250 REGISTRATION FEE
Recovery Coaching continues to gain momentum throughout the country, and with good reason. Recovery Coaches can, and do, connect people to long term and sustained recovery. Because of this, more and more, coaches are being utilized in a variety of settings, including doctors offices, police stations, drug courts, treatment centers, and most notably Emergency Departments. The need for skilled coaches who can easily adapt and work in a fast-paced ED setting is growing exponentially. As providers of the CT ED Recovery Coaches program, we have learned a great deal about the different training needs of those who choose to serve in this unique role.
This course prepares participants for the challenging and rewarding role of a Recovery Coach in the Emergency Department.
Learning Objectives for this course include:
- Describe the roles and functions of the Recovery Coach working in the Emergency Department;
- Understand and practice staying in your lane;
- Develop skills to advocate and educate staff, patients, etc. as a way to demonstrate accountability within the role;
- Use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to bring people through the stages of change into Recovery;
- Further develop your art of Recovery Coaching.
12 CEs, $250 Registration Fee
- Understand the different justice settings where recovery coaches can serve
- Learn about the barriers and resources that people involved in these settings can face
- Explore the ethical considerations of serving in these systems
- Explore how culture and stigma can affect people involved within this system and people affected by incarceration
- Know how to serve in the capacity of your expertise by staying in your lane
- Demonstrate how to utilize the skills of a recovery coach to support those within justice settings.
Preregistration is required. All online trainings include self-paced prework to be done prior to attending.
12 CEs, $250 REGISTRATION FEE
We hope you will join us for what we believe is a model for oversight that resonates most with the role of the coach – aptly named, Coachervision. Based on the concept of “coaching coaches”, this workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how to best support coaches day-to-day and develop coaches for long-term success.
Participants in this two-day workshop will:
• Define expectations of Recovery Coach oversight
• Understand the complexity and intricacy of the Recovery Coach role
• Understand how organizational culture can support a Coachervision model
• Learn the importance of accountability for both the Coachervisor and Recovery Coach
• How to support Recovery Coaches in professional settings