We are aligned with ICF in two ways. First, our key staff participate as active members of ICF.
Second, ICF has reviewed and approved over 60 hours of our Blended* course content included within our Certified Professional Recovery Coach Program (CPRC). We are authorized to provide valuable ICF Continuing Coach Education (CCEs) to students who qualify.
Who will benefit:
- Existing ICF Credentialed Coaches may use our approved Blended* courses to RENEW their existing credentials while gaining an important new Specialty CPRC credential.
- Candidates seeking an initial ICF Credential OR desiring to upgrade to a higher ICF Credential may use our approved Blended* course modules to satisfy educational requirements within the ICF Portfolio Pathway.
Students who desire to submit their CPRC training to ICF MUST complete additional Live Skills hours which are offered periodically throughout the year.
Our Live Skills Group Training corresponds directly to the following CPRC online training modules: Professional Recovery Coach Competencies Part 1, Professional Recovery Coach Competencies Part 2 (PRC Comps 1 & 2) and Family Issues in Recovery. It is suggested that participants in the Live Skills Group Training modules should complete the associated online course prior to beginning the Live Skills Group, but may enroll at whatever point they are ready.
As of January 2019, Live Skills Practice Groups based on PRC Comps 1 & 2 are included with and are a required part of the CPRC program. Live Skills Practice Groups completed along with the CPRC program offer 40 ICF CCEs and are designed to accomplish the following: promote skill development, deepen understanding of the course content, provide direct contact and interaction with like-minded people.
Note: Additionally we offer a 6-week Live Skills Practice Group series based on Family Issues in Recovery. (FIR Live Skills) The FIR Live Skills Practice Groups provide an additional 20 ICF CCEs when completed in conjunction with the full CPRC program. This training is not required and can be purchased for an additional fee.
*Blended Learning Courses: Our students and graduates who successfully complete both the Self-paced Online Learning Modules and the corresponding Live Skills Groups, will receive valuable Certificates of Completion displaying the ICF CCEs. (Revised April 2022)
Stigma prevents many people from seeking treatment or counseling or even attending 12 Step meetings. Coaching does not have this stigma. On the contrary, it is seen as positive and beneficial. CPRC Professional Recovery Coaches will learn strategies for identifying and reaching the people they wish to serve.
Potentials clients come from all walks of life, from youth and young adults to families and baby boomers. Many professional people are seeking support to sustain and grow in their recovery lifestyle including formerly impaired attorneys, physicians, nurses, transportation workers, and people in the hospitality and service industry.
While many Professional Recovery Coaches serve people coming out of treatment, they are also very effective in helping people who are in a variety of life transitions (job, educational, marriage, parenting, health, retirement, etc.) and want to explore new possibilities with the help and support of a trained Professional Coach who also understands the dynamics of addiction recovery.
Peer Recovery Coaches (Peer Recovery Support Specialists) are individuals who share the “lived experiences” of addiction and recovery, either directly or as family members or significant others. In a peer-helping-peer service alliance, a peer in stable recovery provides social support services to a peer who is seeking help in establishing or maintaining his or her recovery. Both parties are helped by the interaction as the recovery of each is strengthened. Peers Specialists are different than 12 Step Sponsors although many people are both.
Other titles include: recovery (or peer) mentor, guide, or coach; peer services interventionist; “firestarter” in Native American communities; peer resource specialist, Veteran peer specialist, and peer recovery support specialist. Peer Support is so effective that certifications have been created by addiction certification boards and mental health and behavioral health licensing in many states and nationally. No college is necessary but there is recognized training required for various state credentials.
Growing trend in clinical treatment and behavioral health is to include PEER Recovery Support Specialists on staff to perform non-clinical duties and provide supportive interaction with clients and to role model hope and real recovery.