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Recovery Coach Training

Mountainside is among the nation’s premier providers of Recovery Coaching services. The Mountainside Learning Institute (MLI) has officially launched with a Recovery Coach Training program taught by our very own best-in-class professionals. Discover how you can start a rewarding career in addiction treatment by learning from the best Recovery Coaches in the industry.

What is a Recovery Coach?

Simply put, a Recovery Coach is a trained addiction professional who offers lived experience in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder, providing aid and support in personal recovery. Recovery Coaches wear many hats: advocate, guide, peer, cheerleader, accountability partner, educator, and more. Since every client is unique, Recovery Coach support will look different for each person. At Mountainside, we believe in a truly personalized approach to recovery support that “meets each client where they are” in the process, while also helping them discover new tools to navigate sober living.

Ultimately, each client learns their very own formula for achieving successful long-term recovery, utilizing skills and supports they develop while working with their certified Recovery Coach. In more formal terms, the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers – New York Certification Board (ASAP-NYCB) defines a Recovery Coach as “anyone interested in promoting recovery from addiction by assisting recoverees to remove barriers to recovery, generating individualized recovery options, and connecting recoverees with recovery support services designed to build recovery capital.”

How do I Become a Recovery Coach?

There are two main certifications for coaching: Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) and Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA). For both types of certifications there are about 50 hours of ASAP-NYCB approved foundational trainings. After that, each certification has different requirements to complete each process.

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Now You Can Learn From the Best at Mountainside NYC

Mountainside treatment center has been providing best-in-class addiction treatment services since 1998. Over the years, we’ve become a one-stop resource for professionals in the field, offering countless educational workshops and courses. Now, the educational offerings you know and love will be offered under our Mountainside Learning Institute initiative, starting with our new Recovery Coach Training program based on the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Recovery Coach Academy© curriculum.

Our Courses

The Mountainside Learning Institute’s Recovery Coach Training program aims to provide 50 hours of foundational training required for both the CARC and CRPA. All courses are approved for CEUs by the New York Certification Board (A Harm Reduction Pathway© course is pending verification).

CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches© | 16 credit hours | $350

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.

Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches Course Dates:

  • This is a 16-hour course, over two days:
    • February 26, 2024, Monday, 9:30am – 5:30pm ET
    • February 27, 2024, Tuesday, 9:30am – 5:30 pm ET
  • Sign up here.

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Medication Supported Recovery | 4 credit hours | $100

Medication Supported Recovery (MSR) is now part of the landscape of addiction treatment modalities and recovery pathways. This 4 hour workshop presents peer recovery professionals with a modern approach to utilizing prescribed medications in supporting people in their recovery journeys. You begin by exploring potential personal biases that may act as barriers in upholding the values and principles of being an effective recovery coach. Along with traditional therapies and recovery pathways, you also examine the field of harm reduction and alternative therapies. By deepening understanding of the purpose and benefits of each modality, you learn to eliminate stigma, extend your knowledge of recovery resources, and better advocate for clients.

Medication Supported Recovery Course Date:

  • March 6, 2024, Wednesday, 10am – 2:30 pm ET
  • Sign up here.

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Peer Ethics Renewal | 4 credit hours | $150

This engaging 4-hour Ethics Workshop is designed to refresh your understanding of CCAR’s Ethical Considerations, fundamental terms, and ethical principles. Through interactive activities, we’ll explore a Three Step Ethical Decision Process and its application to genuine PRP scenarios, fostering lively group discussions and practical learning experiences. Come prepared to share ethical scenarios from your own practice and apply the discipline of ethical decision making to assess your past response and identify any course corrections for future application.

Topics will include:

  • Review from CCAR Ethical Considerations Workshop:

    • The Difference between Ethics, Principles, Values and Morals
    • Common Ethical Terms and Concepts specific to the Peer Recovery Profession
    • Ethical Guidelines – What are they? Why are they important?
  • Ethical Implications of venturing outside of “Our Lane” as Recovery Peer Professional
  • How to Establish and Communicate your Boundaries (and Template for a Peer RC Working Agreement)
  • William White’s Three Step Decision Process
  • “Real Playing” – Applying Ethical Considerations to Real Scenarios
  • The Value and Importance of “Good Supervision”
  • The NYCB Code of Ethics – Know Your Professional Obligations

Peer Ethics Course Date:

  • March 13, 2024, Wednesday, 10am – 2:30 pm ET
  • Sign up here

*This Training is approved by NYCB for CRPA and CARC Renewal for the Ethics 3 or 4 hour requirement*

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A Harm Reduction Pathway© | 12 credit hours | $375

Utilizes adult learning theory concepts and modalities to address recovery coach and harm reduction knowledge, attitudes, practices, access to resources, and coaching skills. As this training explores sensitive topics, its design and delivery are highly trauma-informed. Each class becomes a safe place for self-examination and practice from the outset.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define harm reduction as a practice and as a social movement
  • Apply person-centered coaching skills to help individuals define their preferred path of recovery and address safety and risk reduction
  • Examine one’s beliefs and values around a harm reduction pathway of recovery
  • Compare and contrast principles of harm reduction and recovery coaching
  • Define and locate opportunities for improving a Recovery-Oriented System of Care that serves People Who Use Drugs
  • Discuss advocacy and practices around social justice issues as part of harm reduction
  • Practice newly acquired knowledge and skills supporting a harm reduction pathway of recovery
  • Develop a personal action plan for further development of harm reduction recovery coaching skills

A Harm Reduction Pathway Course Dates:

  • March 18, 2024, Monday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
  • March 19, 2024, Tuesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
  • Sign up here

PLEASE NOTE: We are seeking training approval as foundational requirements for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist certification through the Connecticut Certification Board in time for all courses starting in April and moving forward.

CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© | 30 credit hours | $600

Begin a fulfilling, new career in addiction treatment and recovery with Mountainside Learning Institute’s Recovery Coach Training program. Training starts with CCAR Recovery Coach Academy’s 5-day curriculum that equips you with vital skills to successfully mentor those seeking to conquer addiction and attain lasting recovery. Under the expert guidance of Mountainside recovery coaches Zachary Cohn and Alex Lahr, you’ll master the art of active listening, pose thought-provoking questions, and unlock your potential to helping others triumph over addiction.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • 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 stories
  • Understand the stages of recovery
  • Describe the stages of change and their applications
  • Increase awareness of culture, power and privilege
  • Address ethical issues regarding boundaries
  • Experience wellness planning in recovery
  • Practice newly acquired skills

Recovery Coach Academy Course Dates:

  • This is a 30-hour course, over five days:
    • April 22, 2024, Monday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
    • April 23, 2024, Tuesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
    • April 24, 2024, Wednesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
    • April 29, 2024, Monday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
    • April 30, 2024, Tuesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
  • Each day starts at 9:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm, with 3 breaks: morning break, lunch break and afternoon break.
  • Cost is $600, plus fees.
  • Sign up here 

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CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches©| 16 credit hours | $400

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.

Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches Course Dates:

  • This is a 16-hour course, over two days:
    • May 6, 2024, Monday, 9:30am – 5:30pm ET
    • May 7, 2024, Tuesday, 9:30am – 5:30 pm ET
  • Sign up here

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Medication Supported Recovery | 4 credit hours | $150

Medication Supported Recovery (MSR) is now part of the landscape of addiction treatment modalities and recovery pathways. This 4 hour workshop presents peer recovery professionals with a modern approach to utilizing prescribed medications in supporting people in their recovery journeys. You begin by exploring potential personal biases that may act as barriers in upholding the values and principles of being an effective recovery coach. Along with traditional therapies and recovery pathways, you also examine the field of harm reduction and alternative therapies. By deepening understanding of the purpose and benefits of each modality, you learn to eliminate stigma, extend your knowledge of recovery resources, and better advocate for clients.

Medication Supported Recovery Course Date:

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Trainer Zachary Cohn, CARC, CRPA is an active Mountainside Recovery Coach and a member of ASAP-NYCB Trainer Registry. Trainer Alex Lahr, CARC, CRPA is an active Mountainside Recovery Coach with several years in the field. They’ll guide you through the entire credentialing process to obtain CARC and/or CRPA certifications.

Session Guidelines

Cancellation is required in writing at least 10 days prior to course start date.  Cancellations within the 10-day period will receive a full credit that may be used for a future course. No-Show’s, those registered and confirmed participants who fail to show up, are responsible for full course fees as they are taking a seat of another participant. Once a course has begun, participants are responsible for full course fees, regardless of attendance.

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