BSAS Recovery Coach Trainings

Recovery Support Services encompass many individual and community activities. This page is under development, and currently lists only Recovery Coaching-related trainings that are sponsored by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. For Recovery Coaching-related trainings sponsored by other entities, please check the Events Calendar.

FY20 BSAS Recovery Coach Training Schedule

The list of anticipated or scheduled trainings for each topic below is followed by more detailed descriptions.

Registration: When online registration is open, a live link will be added for registration via AdCare Educational Institute. Registration will be open 6-8 weeks prior to each training.

Recovery Coach Academy and Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training require applications prior to registration. Applications are found through registration links.

Map of Upcoming BSAS Recovery Coach Trainings

Monthly Calendar of Upcoming BSAS Recovery Coach Trainings

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Recovery Trainings

Trainings required for CARC (Certified Addiction Recovery Coach) are labeled "Required for CARC" next to the corresponding section header.

Access and download the CARC (Certified Addiction Recovery Coach) Information and Requirements (pdf).

Recovery Coach Academy (Required for CARC)

As of Monday September 2nd, 2019 Recovery Coach Academy is a prerequisite for Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training.

Location City Dates Trainers
Recovery Coach Academy Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford September 23, 2019 to September 27, 2019 Mark Muhammad & Alex Fidalgo
Recovery Coach Academy Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield October 21, 2019 to October 25, 2019 Robert Rousseau & Angela Dalessio
Recovery Coach Academy Four Points by Sheraton Norwood November 4, 2019 to November 8, 2019 Thulani DeMarsay and Ginger Ross
Recovery Coach Academy Hilton Garden Inn Worcester January 6, 2020 to January 10, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Academy Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield February 3, 2020 to February 7, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Academy Hilton Garden Inn Worcester March 30, 2020 to April 3, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Academy Warren Conference Center & Inn Ashland April 13, 2020 to April 17, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Academy Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center North Andover May 4, 2020 to May 8, 2020 TBD

Ethical Considerations (Required for CARC)

Location City Dates Trainers
Ethical Considerations UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center Lowell October 14, 2019 to October 16, 2019 Mark Muhammad & Scott Francis
Ethical Considerations Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford October 28, 2019 to October 30, 2019 Robert Rousseau & Angela Dalessio
Ethical Considerations Hotel on North Pittsfield November 20, 2019 to November 22, 2019 Paul Alves & John Cromwell
Ethical Considerations Hilton Garden Inn Worcester February 5, 2020 to February 7, 2020 Mark Muhammad & Scott Francis
Ethical Considerations Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield March 4, 2020 to March 6, 2020 TBD
Ethical Considerations DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Cod Hyannis April 27, 2020 to April 29, 2020 TBD
Ethical Considerations Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 18, 2020 to May 20, 2020 TBD

Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training

As of Monday September 2nd, 2019 Recovery Coach Academy is a prerequisite.

Location City Dates Trainers
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Days 1 and 2 (Boston- 025) Congregation Lion of Judah Boston September 30, 2019 to October 1, 2019 Paul Alves & Thulani DeMarsay
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Day 3 (Boston- 025) Congregation Lion of Judah Boston November 12, 2019 Paul Alves & Thulani DeMarsay
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Days 1 and 2 (New Bedford- 027) Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford December 16, 2019 to December 17, 2019 Thulani DeMarsay & Paul Alves
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Day 3 (New Bedford- 027) Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford January 14, 2020 Thulani DeMarsay & Paul Alves
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Days 1 and 2 (N. Andover- 026) Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center North Andover October 10, 2019 to October 11, 2019 Paul Alves & Angela Dalessio
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Day 3 (N. Andover- 026) Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center North Andover November 8, 2019 Paul Alves & Angela Dalessio
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Day 3 (Norwood- 005) Four Points by Sheraton Norwood Norwood October 4, 2019 Thulani DeMarsay & Angela Dalessio
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Days 1 and 2 (Pittsfield) Hotel On North Pittsfield January 16, 2020 to January 17, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Day 3 (Pittsfield) Hotel On North Pittsfield February 13, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Days 1 and 2 (Springfield) Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel Springfield May 11, 2020 to May 12, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Day 3 (Springfield) Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel Springfield June 16, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Days 1 and 2 (Worcester) Hilton Garden Inn Worcester March 19, 2020 to March 20, 2020 TBD
Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training Day 3 (Worcester) Hilton Garden Inn Worcester April 17, 2020 TBD

Other CARC (Certified Addictions Recovery Coach) Required Trainings

Addictions 101 for Recovery Coaches

Location City Dates Trainers
Addictions 101 Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield March 3, 2020 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Addictions 101 Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 22, 2020 TBD

Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches

Location City Dates Trainers
Motivational Interviewing Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield March 2, 2020 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Motivational Interviewing Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 21, 2020 TBD

Mental Wellness and Recovery Coaching

Location City Dates Trainers
Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford March 6, 2020 TBD
Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 20, 2020 TBD

Cultural Competency for Recovery Coaches

Location City Dates Trainers
Cultural Competency Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield March 2, 2020 TBD
Cultural Competency Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 21, 2020 TBD

Recovery Coach Training Package (Required for CARC)

This training package allows you to attend the all required trainings in 5 consecutive days. This could be helpful if you are trying to fulfill the CARC (Certification for Addiction Recovery Coach) in a short amount of time. You may also attend any of these trainings individually. It will cost the same either way.

Each training class requires its own registration and payment, whether it’s one class or 5.

Location City Dates Trainers
Ethical Considerations UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center Lowell October 14, 2019 to October 16, 2019 Mark Muhammad & Scott Francis
Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center Lowell October 16, 2019 Paul Alves & Scott Francis
Cultural Competency UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center Lowell October 17, 2019 HRiA – TBD
Motivational Interviewing UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center Lowell October 17, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Addictions 101 UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center Lowell October 18, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Ethical Considerations Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford October 28, 2019 to October 30, 2019 Robert Rousseau & Angela Dalessio
Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford October 30, 2019 Paul Alves & Scott Francis
Cultural Competency Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford October 31, 2019 HRiA – TBD
Motivational Interviewing Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford October 31, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Addictions 101 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford November 1, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Cultural Competency Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield March 2, 2020 TBD
Motivational Interviewing Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield March 2, 2020 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Addictions 101 Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield March 3, 2020 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Ethical Considerations Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield March 4, 2020 to March 6, 2020 TBD
Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford March 6, 2020 TBD
Ethical Considerations Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 18, 2020 to May 20, 2020 TBD
Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 20, 2020 TBD
Cultural Competency Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 21, 2020 TBD
Motivational Interviewing Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 21, 2020 TBD
Addictions 101 Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland May 22, 2020 TBD

CARC Required Recertification Trainings

Trainings required for CARC Recertification are labeled "CARC Recert. Required" next to the corresponding section header.

Access and download the CARC Recertification Policy (pdf).

Multiple Pathways of Recovery (CARC Recert. Required)

Location City Dates Trainers
Multiple Pathways of Recovery Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield October 4, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Multiple Pathways of Recovery White's of Westport Westport November 6, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings

Ethics for Recovery Coaching (CARC Recert. Required)

Location City Dates Trainers
Ethics for Recovery Coaching Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Springfield October 3, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings
Ethics for Recovery Coaching White's of Westport Westport November 5, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings

Elective Recovery Trainings

Self-Care for the Caregiver

Location City Dates Trainers
Self-Care for Peer Support Workers & Recovery Coaches Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland December 18, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings

Medication Supported Recovery

Location City Dates Trainers
MSR-Medication Supported Recovery for Recovery Coaches Warren Conference Center and Inn Ashland December 19, 2019 Fell Cadwallader & Blair Jennings

Interested in becoming a Recovery Coach Academy trainer? Check out the Center for Addiction Recovery Training (CCAR) two day Recovery Coach Academy Training of Trainers Program.

Overview

There are multiple training topics related to Recovery Coaching. These trainings are designed for the specific activities and certification needs of Recovery Coaches and Supervisors, where many other trainings with similar titles are not. Some trainings may be of interest to people who are not Recovery Coaches or Recovery Coach Supervisors. Learn more about each training topic:

About Recovery Coach Academy

The Recovery Coach Academy is a 5-day intensive training academy focusing 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.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Recovery Coach role and functions
  • List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery
  • Build skills to enhance relationships
  • Explore many dimensions of recovery of recovery and recovery coaching
  • Discover attitudes about self-disclosure and sharing one’s story
  • Understand the stages of recovery
  • Describe the stages of change and their applications
  • Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege
  • Address ethical and boundaries issues
  • Experience recovery wellness planning
  • Practice newly acquired skills

About Ethical Considerations

This two-day training will discuss ethical considerations specific to the peer-to-peer service of recovery coaching. The trainers will employ didactic presentations, small and large group work and discussions, along with case studies.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define ethics.
  • Describe why ethics are so important when performing recovery support services.
  • Discuss and practice an ethical decision making process.
  • List at least five recovery core values.
  • Discuss a personal code of ethics for recovery coaches.

About Recovery Coach Supervisors Professional Practice Training

In recent years, the emphasis on building Recovery Oriented Systems of Care has led to profound changes in health care policies and criminal justice programs. The current opioid crisis and a greater awareness of the value of peer support has heightened a growing call for recovery coaches in a variety of settings. Peers are being hired to work in systems that may not yet have developed their own culture, commitment, and capacity to fully integrate peer recovery coaches.

The supervisor of Recovery Coaches serves in a pivotal position to provide thoughtful, intentional support to ensure the well-being of those seeking recovery while at the same time, support the integration of recovery principles and values within the organization. The Supervisors of Recovery Coaches training has been developed by the MA Bureau of Substance Abuse Services to help meet this need.  This training is a non-clinical model developed by people in recovery, recovery coaches, and people with supervisory experience, some with a clinical background. 

This training is not intended to train participants to be supervisors.  Participants are expected to already be supervisors or have supervisory skills training separate from this training.  Supervisors with clinical supervision background will receive necessary knowledge and skills needed to support the non-clinical role of recovery coaches.  It will provide a better understanding of the principles of recovery and the unique value of peer support.

This training is presented as a learning cycle consisting of three in person full day trainings, 2 in one week and then the third day 4 -6 weeks later. One small group coaching session will be offered between Days 2 & 3. Those who complete all three face-to-face training days are required to participate in two (2) Recovery Coach Learning Collaborative Webinars. Each one-hour engagement encourages further development of resources, boundary management tools and perspectives, as well as provides an opportunity to strengthen your Recovery Coach supervision skills and build your professional network.  The intention is to create a supportive learning community of supervisors of peer recovery support services.

About Cultural Competency

The one-day workshop is designed to highlight and explore the needs of Recovery Coaches working with culturally diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.  The participants will be able to understand the role cultural competency in Recovery Coaching and will learn proven techniques and strategies for engagement.  The training will include didactic as well as interactive exercises designed to engage participants and elicit their input.  The training is intended for entry to advanced level.

  • Identify at least 3 barriers to delivering culturally intelligent Recovery Coaching; 
  • Identify at least 3 cultural issues and dynamics in the planning, delivery and evaluation of Recovery Coaching;
  • Identify the role of internalized and institutionalized oppression.
  • Identify at least 5 techniques and strategies that work.
  • Identify community based resources.

About Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches offers participants unique opportunities to deepen their understanding, practice and proficiency with MI, a highly-regarded evidence-based practice for encouraging, facilitating and supporting behavior change as it may be specifically adapted for non-clinical uses by Recovery Coaches & Peers. Segments stand alone and need not be taken in alphabetical order. Specifically, they cover the following:

Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches (A) is an introduction to Motivational Interviewing. It is designed for peers/recovery professionals who are new to the field and/or who have little to no experience with this powerful, practical tool. It provides a general overview of the history, processes, skills (O.A.R.S), spirit and use of MI in recovery-specific environments, as well as meaningful hands-on practice with observer feedback.

MI-B is designed for the peer/recovery professional who wishes to deepen their understanding and improve their practice of Motivational Interviewing. It includes a brief review of MI’s basic underpinnings – rationale, perspectives – and focuses more intently on considerations for its non-clinical use. Significant time is devoted to hands-on practice of TWO core MI skills (Open-Ended Questions & Affirmation), with exercises built to help participants recognize/utilize Change Talk and identify/catalyze Recovery Capital. Observer feedback is also provided.

MI-C is designed for the peer/recovery professional who wishes to deepen their understanding and improve their practice of Motivational Interviewing. It includes a brief review of MI along with opportunities to explore non-clinical practice parallels. Significant time is devoted to hands-on practice of TWO core MI skills (Reflection, Summation) with exercises built to help participants recognize the impact of verbal/non-verbal listening, as well as the mechanics of authentic MI conversations. Observer feedback is provided along with a self-assessment and facilitated discussion of professional next steps.

Upon completion of this learning cycle, the participants will:

  • Understand the historical basis, core tenets, processes and skills of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Compare and contrast the use of MI within a variety of environments; mental health, human services, education, substance use, etc.
  • Articulate how/why MI works within the specific non-clinical lane of the Recovery Coach/Peer.
  • Explore the depth and variety of interpersonal interactions that encourage individual change in substance use, recovery and mental health settings.
  • Practice each of the skills O-A-R-S with meaningful observer feedback.

About Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching

Information about Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching is coming soon.

About Addictions 101

Information about Addictions 101 is coming soon.

About Multiple Pathways

Information about Multiple Pathways is coming soon.

About Self Care

Information about Self Care is coming soon.

About Medication Supported Recovery

Information about Medication Supported Recovery is coming soon.