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The Recovery Coach/Peer Advocate is a comprehensive 5 day training that will arm you with the strength-based strategies to support persons in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs.
Similar to life and business coaching, Recovery Coaching or Peer Advocates (also known as peer mentoring) is a type of partnership where the person in or seeking recovery self directs his/her recovery while the coach provides expertise in supporting successful change.
Recovery Coaching/Peer Advocates focuses on achieving goals important to the individual. The coach or advocate asks question and offers suggestions to help the "recoveree" begin to take the lead in advertising his/her recovery needs. Recovery Coaching / Peer Advocacy focuses on honoring values and making principle-based decisions, creating a clear plan of action, and using current strengths to reach future goals.
The Coach/Advocate serves as an accountability partner to help the person sustain his/her recovery. The Recovery Coach/Advocate helps the person access recovery, as well as access systems needed to support recovery such as benefits, health care, etc.
Recovery Coaches & Peer Advocates
Recovery Coaches/Peer Advocates work with individuals beyond recovery initiation through stabilization and into recovery maintenance. They function as a guide to help with decision making and support steps toward recovery. Recovery Coaches/ Peer Advocates do not provide clinical services-- (primary treatment for addiction, diagnosis) and recognize that there are many pathways to recovery.
Recovery Coaches/Peer Advocates support positive change by helping anyone including persons coming home from treatment or the criminal justice system to avoid relapse, build community support for recovery, or work on life goals such as relationships, work, education, etc. Recovery Coaching /Peer Advocate is dissimilar from therapy because coaches do not address the past, do not address the trauma, and there is little emphasis on feelings. Recovery Coaches/Peer Advocate are unlike licensed addiction counselors in the sense that coaches are non-clinical and do not diagnose or treat addiction or any mental health issues. Coaches/Advocates may assist the individual to access clinical services.
Recovery Coaching/ Peer Advocacy is a peer-based service that is developed and provided mainly by persons who are in recovery themselves and also by those involved in the recovery initiation of others, As a result they have gained knowledge on how to attain and sustain recovery.
Over the past ten years with the emergence of the body of knowledge around the development of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), and the major role that peers play in this model of service delivery, there has been increased interest in peer services. One of the transformational changes that federal health care reform is bringing is an increasing focus on peer services, funding mechanisms to support peer services; and credentialing of peer services.
30hrs Approved CEU's for CASAC renewals