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Preparing You For National & State Level Certification

Whether you’re considering a career change that utilizes your lived experience to help others in recovery or looking to improve your skills, our Peer Recovery Support Specialist/Peer Recovery Coaching Program offers everything you need. 


We have partnered with Dr. Harold Jonas and 

Sober Network, Inc., a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, to offer you a comprehensive training program that meets or exceeds both state and federal 

certification requirements.   


Our innovative "blended-learning" training model combines the convenience of a self-paced on-line learning environment combined with four (4) weekend face-to-face classes.  This allows you to work at an effective and comfortable pace while still benefiting from the shared learning and group dynamics of a classroom.   

There are so many "Peer Support" titles.  What do they mean?

In the field of Peer Supports, most states offer separate certification for individuals who work primarily in the substance use disorder field and those who work primarily in the mental health field. 

While some information can be interused and co-occuring disorders are very common, this training is developed to focus primarily on substance use disorder recovery. 

For purposes of this training, Peer Recovery Support Specialist = Peer Recovery Coach and our training focuses primarily on substance use disorder.  Peer Support Specialist training focuses primarily on the mental health side of peer supports.  


Below is a list of training providers in Idaho focused on Peer Supports in the mental health field (in Idaho aka Peer Support Specialist): 


  • Idaho Behavioral Health - Tami Jones

(208) 505-4419

(970) 570-1972

A Face-to-face/week long Recovery Coach Training in Idaho is also available from:

(208) 947-1292.

How to become a Recovery Coach Video

How to become a Recovery Coach Handout

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What is a Recovery Coach?

What is a PRSS/RC?
NCPRSS/CPRC Training Modules

NCPRSS/CPRC Training Modules


Recovery Coaching is a professional relationship. This relationship is collaborative in nature and is focused on a strengths based model. It is also designed to assist clients identify and move “barriers” aside that prevent them from potentializing. The relationship is not unlike any other professional relationship a client may have with say a psychotherapist, doctor or lawyer. It is based on trust, experience and mutuality.

The most significant difference between a Recovery Coach, aka a Recovery Support Specialist, and other helping professionals is the Recovery Coach is trained to focus is on “empowering” the client to do for themselves what they dreamed about. It is through the motivation, guidance and accountability Coaches provide that transformation occurs.  These training modules provide the education and foundation for becoming a Recovery Support Specialist/Recovery Coach.  

Sixty (68) Hours/CEUs


Recovery Coaching Overview

(4 CEUs)

This module provides a brief overview of Recovery Coaching, including the Coach's role in working with clients, comparisons of other treatment providers, tips to promote your Coaching services, and an introduction to other topics that will be discussed in later modules. Upon completion of this course, you will have all the tools needed to work effectively with clients in need of recovery coaching services.

Coaching Skills (4 CEUs)

The Recovery Coach’s toolbox contains many useful techniques and skills designed to assist the client’s recovery process. The more often you oil and sharpen your coaching tools, the better they will serve both you and your clients.

Utilizing the Client's Strengths & Assets (4 CEUs)

The Recovery Coach’s main goal is to empower clients by focusing on their strengths, rather than their weaknesses. The Coach and client work together to identify the client’s interests, skills, talents and other strengths and use these assets to help the client achieve his or her goals. Although the Coach assists the client in identifying goals, it is the client that chooses them, based on their individual needs and desires.

eCoaching & Documentation Skills

(4 CEUs)

Electronic Coaching, or eCoaching, is the wave of the future in Recovery Coaching. Advancements in technology now allow people to communicate in ways never thought possible just a few years ago. It’s both simple and affordable for most everyone to talk face-to-face over a computer using Skype or similar video chat software programs, and it’s equally easy and convenient to communicate via e-mail or text messages using a smartphone or other internet-enabled portable device. With each new day, more and more treatment centers, Recovery Coaches and counseling professionals are adding online and/or electronic access for their clients.

Coach's Role As A Client Advocate (4 CEUs)

Advocacy meets clients and families where they work, live and interact with others – in their own backyards, so to speak - and recognizes that every client’s needs are individual and unique.

Cultural Competency for Coaches

(4 CEUs)

Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving.

Care Coordination (4 CEUs)

  • The Principles of Case Management.

  • Client Assistance with Healthcare System Navigation.

  • Disengagement.

Crisis Management (4 CEUs)

  • Circumstances Leading To Crises.

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

  • Techniques To Calm A Client In A Crisis Situation.

Overview of Addiction & Recovery Stages (4 CEUs)

  • A Brief Overview of Addictions.

  • Signs and Symptoms of Addiction.

  • Stages of Recovery.

Motivational Interviewing (4 CEUs)

  • A Working Definition.

  • The Model.

  • Working with the Model.

Pharmacology and Addictions

(4 CEUs)

  • An Introduction to the Basics of Pharmacology and Substance Abuse.

  • Mood Altering Drugs and Their Classifications.

  • Drug Interactions.

  • Empowering Clients to Understand Drugs and Their Implications.

Ethics of Recovery Coaching - Part I (4 CEUs)

  • The Definition of Ethics in Recovery.

  • The Four Positive Elements of Recovery Coaching.

  • The Values of Recovery Coaching.

  • Modern Communications and Ethical Behavior.

  • Definition of Telehealth Services and the Ethics of Provision.

  • Understanding Your Area of Expertise.

Ethics of Recovery Coaching - Part II  (4 CEUs)

1.  Explain and use the model for resolution of ethical issues
2. Identify and explain the concepts of respect for others and non-discrimination in practice and behavior
3. Describe the issues involved in the maintenance of professional boundaries as it relates to properly ending the coaching relationship
4. Develop and describe a program of self-care
5. Explain and apply the proper boundaries and guidelines within the scope of your training
6. Integrate recovery coaching into the continuum of care/working with professionals Section 1: Explain and use the

Professional Ethics & Boundaries - Part I (4 CEUs)

Each professional association has published a Code of Ethics. The National Association of Social Workers, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and the American Counseling Association have all published Codes of Ethics unique to the professions that they serve. In addition, various states have published their own Codes of Ethics, applicable to licensed individuals practicing within their state.

NAADAC Nationally Certified Peer Support Specialists ahere to this Code of Ethics.  

Mental Health & Dual Issues in Coaching  (4 CEUs)

People struggling with both substance abuse issues and mental illness are classified as having a dual diagnosis. Clients diagnosed with dual diagnosis issues can be notoriously difficult to treat because symptoms of each condition tend to overlap and impact on one other. Mental health treatment providers often aren’t equipped deal with substance abuse issues, while addiction treatment centers often refuse to accept clients with severe mental health issues. Treatment methods prescribed for mental health and substance abuse issues can be quite different from one another, although both are critical to the client’s recovery. As a trained recovery coach, you will often act as a bridge for your clients, assisting them to connect with both mental health and addiction recovery services.

The Importance of Resiliency in Recovery (4 CEUs)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as:
1. The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress;
2. An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

Although the first definition applies to materials, such as a memory foam mattress, for example, the same principle applies to people. Resilience means to return to a normal, original state, whether it applies to mattresses or human beings.

Professional Ethics & Boundaries - Part II (4 CEUs)

1. Identify and apply proper techniques in provision of and billing for services
2. Recognize the boundaries of proper interactions with others
3. Demonstrate the ability to avoid collusion and any improprieties in professional service or contracting with referral sources
4. Engage in professionally appropriate marketing and advertising of services.

These courses are required for NAADAC/NCPRSS Certification but are not part of the Peer Supports Academy offered Curriculum.

  • Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)  The goal of this course is to help participants develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities in using SBIRT as an intervention with patients.

  • HIV/Bloodborne Pathogens   A 3-part webinar and online test for (6 CEUs) on bloodborne pathogens, define bloodborne pathogens most implicated with substance use disorders, and discuss infection and containment.

These,and additional Recovery Coaching modules, are available directly from Sobersystems/Sober Coaches.  

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