We offer trainings to wide a variety of individuals,  institutions and organizations. A Recovery Oriented System of Care is a different way to approach Substance Use Disorder and recovery. Nearly all focus in on the acute moment when a person breaks free from their substance or substances.  This is – of course – important.  But what comes after this moment can be considered equally – if not more – important.  This is the shift from the acute moment to the longterm and stabilized wellness of a strong recovery.  Gradually treatment centers and court systems are being to understand and support this idea.  We are grateful to help educate.

Some subjects include:

  • What a Recovery Coach can do
  • How to supervise them to get the most out of the position,
  • The launguage we should and shouldn’t use
  • The role of community in Recovery Supports and
  • What can be done to change the current system for better outcomes

Why Hire or Train with Recovery Allies?

Here are a few of the activities that we’re proud of which help to set us apart in the A.R.T. of wellness following a Substance Use Disorder (Addiction / Recovery / Training) :

  • Recovery Allies has trainers certified to train more than 10 recognized trainings
  • Recovery Allies has completed over 35 CCAR Recovery Coach Academy 40 hour trainings
  • Recovery Allies has trained over 800 individuals
  • Recovery Allies has trainers for the two day CCAR Ethics Course
  • Recovery Allies has actively engaged with Departments of Health and Human Services Community Mental Health Agencies across Michigan
  • Recovery Allies has participated in the completion on the Recovery Coach Certification with the IC&RC
  • Recovery Allies has approved trainers for the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Center
  • Recovery Allies has extensive knowledge in Recovery Oriented Systems and has provided trainings to a variety of organizations including treatment providers, DHHS and community symposiums, the criminal justice system  and is routinely present at many recovery rallies and celebrations

Contact us today to start the process of hiring us to train members of your organization.

Recovery Coaching and Mentoring

Recovery Coaching and Mentoring is a peer-based addiction and dependency recovery support service.  It is non-clinical but can walk side by side with it…  the clinical.  We are designed to engage others into recovery initiation and stabilization and then through recovery maintenance.  Peer interventions have been shown to improve engagement and retention of people seeking service.  They are effective in reducing incidents of return to use. Research also shows that long-term treatment and/or recovery outcomes are improved by assertive linkages to community-based recovery supports such as Recovery Coaching and Mentoring.  When those with lived experience walk side by side with counselors, therapists, nurses, doctors and the judicial system the outcomes can be dramatically improved. 

Upcoming Trainings

CCAR: Recovery Coach Academy© 5 Day Intensive

Dates: TBD based upon levels of interest.
Location: 1345 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids MI 49505, 2rd floor
Time: Monday-Friday 8-5pm
Cost & MCBAP Hours: $400.00 and is worth 32 MCBAP hours. Lunch is included for each day of training.

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a 5-day intensive training that focuses 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.  IT IS ALSO FOR THOSE SIMPLY WISHING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OR TAKE THEIR OWN RECOVERIES TO A DEEPER LEVEL.

The content will provide participants with training that focuses on developing and refining skills necessary to responsibly provide the services of a Recovery Coach.  This includes learning new and less stigmatizing language, the art of active listening, and understanding your role and “lane” in the community.

The training will provide participants with tools and resources that will give them confidence in their ability to provide recovery support services.  These resources will provide a base to help link people in recovery to needed supports within the community. Along with the materials and lectures, the interaction between participants will be a valuable part of the program.  ENGAGING AND THOUGHT PROVOKING EXCHANGE AND DIALOGUE IS A KEY COMPONENT TO THIS 5 DAY EXPERIENCE.

CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© participants will:
–  Describe Recovery Coach roles and functions –  Understand the stages of recovery
– List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery –  Describe the stages of change and their applications
–  Build skills to enhance relationships –  Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege
–  Explore many dimensions of recovery and recovery coaching –  Address ethical and boundaries issues
–  Discover attitudes about self-disclosure and sharing your story –  Experience recovery wellness planning
–  Practice newly acquired skills ALL IN AN EMOTIONALLY SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Who Should Attend?

This course is open to individuals who have an interest in providing support, mentorship and guidance to persons with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.  Individuals who are interested must be approved for participation by their employer, a coordinating agency or endorsed by someone in the community that can speak as a reference.  Participants should themselves be individuals in stable recovery or having a strong desire to learn about stable recovery.  The concept of a stable recovery is subjective and it’s hard to define how long that should be.  Still, it is important to those served that their coach have a relatively powerful personal understanding of and/or connection to dependency, addiction and recovery.


What if I am not a person in recovery?

Again…  we welcome all individuals in the community who would like a better understanding of what a Recovery Coach does.  In the past we have enjoyed the company of social workers, doctors, psychologists and other clinicians in our sessions. Each individual left with a better understanding about the future of recovery supports.  There is sharing.  There is discussion.  There is open debate.  And, there are lots of stories, smiles and laughs.

CCAR: Ethics for Recovery Coaches© 2 Day Supplemental

Dates: TBD based upon levels of interest.
Location: 1345 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids MI 49505, 2rd floor
Time:  8-5pm
Cost & MCBAP Hours: $150.00 and is worth 12 MCBAP hours. Lunch is included for each day of training.

Recovery coaching as a peer-to-peer recovery support services has grown exponentially over the past four years. Over 2000 coaches have been trained using the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy alone. 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.  Space is limited.

Learning Objectives:
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 every day work as an RC

CCAR: Professionalism For Recovery Coaches© 2 Day Supplemental

Dates: TBD based upon levels of interest.
Location: 1345 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids MI 49505, 2rd floor
Time:  8-5pm
Cost & MCBAP Hours: $100.00 and is worth 12 MCBAP hours. Lunch is included for each day of training.

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.

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 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

eCPR: Emotional CPR 2 day Supplemental Course

Dates: TBD based upon levels of interest.
Location: 1345 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids MI 49505, 2rd floor
Time:  Friday and SATURDAY 8-5
Cost & MCBAP Hours: $125.00. Lunch is included for each day of training.

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is an educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps:

C = Connecting
P = emPowering, and
R = Revitalizing.

The Connecting process of eCPR involves deepening listening skills, practicing presence, and creating a sense of safety for the person experiencing a crisis. The emPowering process helps people better understand how to feel empowered themselves as well as to assist others to feel more hopeful and engaged in life. In the Revitalizating process, people re-engage in relationships with their loved ones or their support system, and they resume or begin routines that support health and wellness which reinforces the person’s sense of mastery and accomplishment, further energizing the healing process.

eCPR is based on the principles found to be shared by a number of support approaches: trauma-informed care, counseling after disasters, peer support to avoid continuing emotional despair, emotional intelligence, suicide prevention, and cultural attunement. It was developed with input from a diverse cadre of recognized leaders from across the U.S., who themselves have learned how to recover and grow from emotional crises. They have wisdom by the grace of first- hand experience.

What is emotional crisis?

Crisis as Universal Experience

Emotional crisis is a universal experience. It can happen to anyone, at any time. When we are exposed to this extraordinary situation, we develop amazing and creative ways to protect ourselves, To onlookers, these protective mechanisms may look very odd, even “crazy”. To us, they have meaning. Through using eCPR we can better understand and overcome our fear of seemingly unusual behavior brought on by an emotional crisis. Through eCPR we learn how to form supportive connections that empower the person in emotional crisis so they are able to feel revitalized and quickly resume meaningful roles in the community.

To register yourself or someone else, please use the form below.

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