BSAS Recovery Coach Trainings

This page 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.

To learn more about the different types of Peer Support Workers in Massachusetts, check out this Comparison Chart, and the Recovery Coach/Peer Worker page.

FY21 BSAS Recovery Coach Training Schedule

Detailed descriptions of each training topic are at the bottom of this page.

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.

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).

Map of Upcoming BSAS Recovery Coach Trainings

Monthly Calendar of Upcoming BSAS Recovery Coach Trainings


Recovery Trainings

The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)/AdCare Educational Institute has suspended our in-person recovery trainings in Massachusetts due to COVID-19, at least until January, 2021.

A temporary arrangement has been made with CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery) to provide the following online Recovery Coach trainings to Massachusetts residents that apply through BSAS/AdCare:

     • Recovery Coach Academy 5-day training 
     • Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches 2 ½ day training 

Recovery Coach Academy (Required for CARC)

Title Training type Dates Attendance Mode
Recovery Coach Academy Application Form Standalone February 22, 2021 to February 26, 2021 Online
Recovery Coach Academy Application Form Standalone March 22, 2021 to March 26, 2021 Online

Other CARC (Certified Addictions Recovery Coach) Required Trainings

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).

Elective Recovery Trainings

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.


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 five-day intensive training that provides 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. This training is a fundamental component of providing quality, evidence-based peer support and is a requirement for anyone interested in obtaining a CARC (Certified Addictions Recovery Coach) credential in the future.

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About Ethical Considerations

This two and a half day training provides participants with an in-depth overview of the ethical considerations specific to the peer model of recovery coaching. Through didactic presentations, small and large group discussions, and case studies, participants will develop an understanding of the impact of ethical decision making, the core values of recovery, and the code of ethics to which recovery coaches are beholden. Ethical Considerations is required for obtaining a CARC (Certified Addictions Recovery Coach) credential.

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About Ethics for Recovery Coaching

After obtaining the CARC (Certified Addictions Recovery Coach) credential, this additional Ethics for Recovery Coaching training is required for CARC Re-Certification every two years.

Ethics for Recovery Coaches offers participants with some coaching experience unique opportunities to further explore and define just what ethical practice means within the context of their work, as well as their varied work environments. This 1-day workshop includes the following:

  • Discussion of the history, classic expressions and impact of ethics

  • Hands-on exploration of recovery-specific ethical challenges and opportunities for ethical practice when working as a Recovery Coach

  • Examination/articulation of potential ethical conflicts inherent in Recovery Coach roles and non-clinical lane

  • Facilitated exercises for practice of new skills - self-awareness, confidentiality, ethical decision-making, boundary management, etc.

  • Self-assessment and facilitated discussion of professional next steps

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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. 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. This non-clinical training model was developed by people in recovery, recovery coaches, and people with supervisory experience, some of whom have clinical backgrounds.

This training is not intended to train participants to be supervisors. Instead, it builds upon the knowledge that supervisors already have, and develops the skills needed to support the non-clinical role of recovery coaches.

This training is presented as a learning cycle, consisting of three in-person, full day trainings; two in one week and the third four to six weeks later. Those who complete all three face-to-face training days are required to participate in two Recovery Coach Learning Collaborative Webinars that further encourages the development of resources, boundary management tools and perspectives, and a network of supervisors.

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About Cultural Competency

This one-day training 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 of cultural competency in Recovery Coaching and will learn proven techniques and strategies for engagement, including opportunities for self-reflection and identification of the ways in which unconscious bias and institutionalized oppression manifests itself in this work. The training will include didactic as well as interactive exercises designed to engage participants and elicit their input.

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About Motivational Interviewing

This one-day training offers participants a full day of unique opportunities to deepen their understanding, practice and proficiency with Motivational Interviewing (MI), a highly-regarded evidence-based practice for encouraging, facilitating and supporting behavior change. In this training, MI is specifically adapted for non-clinical use by Recovery Coaches and peers.

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About Mental Wellness & Recovery Coaching

This half-day training is designed to prepare and assist Recovery Coaches who will provide peer support to recoverees living with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health challenges. Recovery Coaches will identify the pre-engagement and engagement skills necessary to connect with these recoverees; recognize the most prevalent kinds of mental un-wellness; monitor their own fears and misconceptions about mental illness; and, through the use of scenarios, create strategies that will assist them to support recoverees with mental health challenges in a person-centered, recovery–focused, and trauma-informed manner.

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About Addictions 101

This one-day training offers participants an introduction to the medical model of addiction, including the effects of addiction on the body and brain, as well as basic pharmacology and treatment. Designed for the Recovery Coach professional, this workshop honors the power of personal recovery and self-definition. Through a series of interactive exercises, participants are challenged to consider their own definitions, experiences, biases and assumptions of addiction.

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About Multiple Pathways

After obtaining the CARC (Certified Addictions Recovery Coach) credential, this Multiple Pathways training is required for CARC Re-Certification every two years.

This one-day training provides a hands-on introduction and overview of numerous pathways of recovery, including their history, organizing structure, rituals and other defining characteristics. Participants will also explore the tasks required to initiate any new recovery pathway (including one they champion) in their community. This workshop pays special attention to the factors (cultural, socio-economic, etc.) individuals consider when choosing a pathway that meets their needs.

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About Self Care for Peer Workers and Recovery Coaches

Peer Support Workers & Recovery Coaches are tasked with helping others maintain a strengths-based, self-directed pathway of long-term, sustainable wellness. In the process of this generous work, we often neglect our own needs. In this one day workshop, participants will explore the effects of work/life stress on one’s mind, body and spirit, as well as practical strategies for management of daily demands and energies. Participants will also create an individual, sustainable wellness (aka self-care) plan they can implement immediately.

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About MSR — Medication Supported Recovery for Recovery Coaches

The opportunity for those seeking recovery to craft a sustainable pathway that includes medication assistance can be enhanced with the support of a Recovery Coach. It is the goal of this training to offer peer professionals an opportunity to understand the history, concepts and varieties of Medication for Opioid Use Disorder and Medication for Alcohol Use Disorder as well as to explore their own perspective, biases and actions in support of recovery pathways that include a medication component.

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