Recovery Coaching Training…
Is Recovery Coaching something new?
No – the concept of Recovery Coaching (RC) as an effective type of peer recovery support specialists has been around for a long time. RC and the concept of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) have been receiving increasing attention. There is a good foundation of literature and research regarding the principles and practices that contribute to the effectiveness of RC, and that is what much of our training is based on.
Does the GSU RC Training provide some kind of certification for RC?
No. However, the content of our training program is designed to meet the foundational 40 hour educational requirement specified in Illinois and other jurisdictions for Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. (The RC is considered a Peer Recovery Specialist in Illinois and many other states.)
Looking online, you may see many types of RC training programs that provide their own RC Certification. It is difficult to know, however, how these will or will not end up meeting State and Federal Certification standards as they evolve.
What Illinois Certifications are there for Recovery Specialists?
The current requirements for various types of Recovery Specialist Certifications in Illinois can be found on the IL SUPR (formerly DASA) website at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=99995 . More information on Illinois credentialing can be found athttp://www.iaodapca.org/ You may want to focus on the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and the various documents related to it at http://www.iaodapca.org/credentialing/certified-peer-recovery-specialist-cprs/Note that these certifications involve both educational and experiential elements, so plan to spend time understanding these requirements, perhaps contacting these organizations for assistance if needed.
Our training will provide a brief overview of certification requirements – but will not allow for extensive questions on the certification process or consideration of individual cases.
Are there jobs for Recovery Coaches?
Recovery Coaching positions are becoming increasingly available across the country, and in some areas (as California) more than others. We can expect this trend will continue. You may want to Google open RC positions in your area or elsewhere from time to time to get a feel for position availability.
Does GSU offer RC Internships?
Yes, GSU is able to offer a limited number of SUPR (Illinois Department of Human Services; Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery) -funded RC internships to those who successfully complete the RC training and meet additional criteria. This program and the application process will be fully explained during your training.