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The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a 5-day/30 hr 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. This training includes core competencies for recovery coaches with additional training on ethics, boundaries, medication-assisted treatment, gambling, and more. 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.

This training is approved by NAADAC and accepted nationally at most certification boards including IC&RC Member boards, we do encourage participants to check with their local board prior to signing up for any course. 


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. This two-day training addresses this critical need. Using presentations, small group work, and role play 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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


With a greater need for skilled coaches to work in various professional settings, such as hospitals, treatment facilities, police stations, and court systems this training provides coaches with a high level of professionalism so they may easily assimilate into these new exciting employment opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.


The purpose of this session is to help participants 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.


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. 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.


Recovery coaching is growing as a profession due to its effectiveness in not only helping people find recovery but staying in recovery. We see coaches deployed in a wide variety of settings and as such, coaches are supervised by a wide range of positions…and not everyone who is overseeing the coaches understands fully the unique nature of the role. 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


Although the core framework and learning objectives are the same as our original RCA, this one has been geared toward the unique learning styles of young people.  In a mix of fast-paced, interactive exercises at the in-person component, young adults will get a chance to understand and practice the Art of recovery coaching, while the science of recovery coaching will be explored in an online environment. This ground-breaking training program is one of the best available for young adults interested in utilizing recovery coaching to support others. Much like the journey of recovery, this training provides you with a transformational experience – whether you end up coaching professionally or use these services in a volunteer role, or just use it to work on your own recovery – you will be transformed.


This training is based on 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 the 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 needed 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.


  • 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

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