In 2009, CCAR developed the Recovery Coach Academy out of a need for its volunteers to develop their skills and understanding of recovery. This was to help those who were coming into its centers seeking help for addictions and dependencies. What was built was a way for volunteers to give back to those in recovery and it sparked a movement in peer and mentor support services. The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy has grown immensely and – to date – there are over 12,500 coaches whom have been trained, nationally.
CCAR 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 expectations of what makes a good recovery coach. CCAR is now often asked to help agencies looking to employ CCAR trained Recovery Coaches. However, the landscape of these roles is always and quickly evolving. Coaches were once found only at Recovery Community Organizations and Centers but now there is a greater need for skilled coaches to work in other professional settings such as hospitals, treatment facilities, police stations and court systems. To that end CCAR has developed a highly utilized and sought after training program for Recovery Coaches looking to work or working within ever increasing professional settings. This course is an important supplement to the 5 day and Ethics programs. It’s goal is to help an individual understand the basics of professionalism and how this is more and more important for Coaches and Mentors.
Define professionalism as it pertains to recovery coaching
Learn about and develop the various characteristics that a professional possesses
Understand their personal accountabilities in the role as recovery coaches
Learn the importance of the concept “stay in your lane” when it comes to working in a large system like a hospital, court and/or treatment facility
Re-examine 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