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Recovery Coaching Internship Program


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After successful completion of the Illinois Department of Human Services' Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) and GSU's College of Health and Human Services' Addiction Studies and Behavioral Health Program (GSU) Recovery Coaching Training Program, you may apply for the Internship Program.

 

Recovery Coaching Training Program

The Recovery Coach Training Program is focused on recovery coaching/mentoring as part of a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) for individuals and families dealing with alcohol and/or substance abuse. The Recovery Coaching Training Program meets the Illinois foundational knowledge requirements for certification, and is open to all Illinois residents.

About the Recovery Coaching Internship Program

The Recovery Coaching Internship Program is an 8-month, 800-hour supervised practical experience at a licensed substance treatment facility.  

The goal of the internship:

  • Provide selected participants with supervision in developing and practicing skills and concepts introduced in the Recovery Coaching Training Program by working with clients who are entering into the recovery process.

Requirements include:

  • Successful completion or current enrollment in the GSU Recovery Coaching Training Program
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Experience and interest in peer-focused counseling
  • If in recovery, have a minimum of two years of consecutive sobriety
  • Valid Driver’s License

Internship Stipend:

  • A $15.00 an hour (for 20 hours a week, total of 800 hours, approximately 9 months) stipend will be available.

Time Commitment:

  • Applicant must be available to devout 20 hours a week from start date to end date primarily during normal working hours and some evening and weekend hours as deemed required by the internship site. Applicant will be supervised by a licensed substance facility involved with recovery coaching tasks. Assigned interns may be required to drive up to 20 miles to the selected internship site.
  • Applicants must also be available to meet at GSU on a weekly or biweekly basis for group supervision by GSU faculty. Days and times will be announced.

Approved Internship Sites:

  • A listing of the approved sites will be discussed during the applicant’s interview.

 

Applying for the Internship Program  

The call for applications (via email) for the internships will occur twice annually depending on funding. An email announcement of available internships to all those who complete the Recovery Coaching Training Program occurs after the current interns complete their hours.

  1. After receiving the email announcement, complete the online GSU Training Evaluation. 
  2. Upon completion of the evaluation, the training certificate will be emailed to the email address you provided at registration. You need the certificate to apply to the internship program.
  3. Fill out the entire application packet including two letters of recommendation. (Recovery Coaching Training instructors cannot write letters of recommendation.)
  4. Include your current resume or personal statement emphasizing your experience and training in the addictions field.
  5. Contact Professor Dave O’Donnell to schedule an interview to become a Recovery Coach Intern.
  6. Once your interview appointment is scheduled, bring your completed application and Recovery Coaching Training Certificate to the interview. Be sure to include your letters of recommendation.

Selection will be prioritized based on the following:

  • Applicants that are unemployed or part-time employed 20 hours or less.
  • Those that have reliable transportation and are willing to travel up to 20 miles to a selected site.
  • Applicants that are reliable, punctual, and demonstrate cooperation when working with others.
  • Applicants that are able to separate their own personal recovery from the clients that they serve.

 

Recovery Coaching Internship Application Checklist

Prior to your interview, use the checklist below to ensure that your application is complete.

  • Completed Recovery Coaching Internship application.
  • Evidence of completion or current enrollment in the GSU Recovery Coaching Training Program.
  • Current resume or personal statement emphasizing your experience and training in the addictions field
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • If in recovery, have a minimum of two years of consecutive sobriety.
  • Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance, or secured means of transportation.

Completion of the Recovery Coaching Training Program and Internship Program

After completing the GSU Recovery Coaching Training Program and the GSU Internship Program you can consider completing a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Certification with the State of Illinois through the Illinois Certification Board (ICB, aka IAODAPCA). Another option is the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors' (NAADAC) National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS)

Both organizations have instructional pages dedicated to securing these certifications. 

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Certification  

A CPRS certification is for individuals who share the experience of recovering from a substance use or mental health disorder, either directly or as family members or significant others. It is a national credential that has reciprocity between states.

The ICB's site page contains the application, a study guide, an other documents to walk you through the process. The initial application is a brief sketch of the professional’s qualifications that is meant to be an assessment for review purposes. The manual is a recording and compilation of documents demonstrating competency in the knowledge and skills specifically related to the functions of a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS). This process includes validation from employers, supervisors, and trainers. An approved application means an applicant is eligible to sit for the CPRS examination.

 National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) Certification

On the NAADAC site page, you will find information about the National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist NCPRSS. The information includes eligibility requirements, application requirements, and fees. You will find a link to the application on the bottom of the page.


 

 

This project is supported in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery, as part of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant award (3B08TI010018-18).