the committee assembled to push through the peer credential for colorado has deemed that 60 hours of education is the minimum requirement. as a peer run organization, colorado mental wellness network has committed ourselves to delivering peer run trainings for peer support specialists. cmwn has developed its own curriculum for peer specialists in the mental health field.
i was fortunate enough to bring the recovery coach training from ccar to round out their offerings more. the ccar training runs about 40 hours and is certainly short of the 60 required for credentialing. i have been in discussion with ccar and am bringing on 2 additional trainings- ethical considerations for coaches and spirituality for recovery coaches.
here is ccar’s description of the ethical considerations:
Ethical Considerations in Recovery Coaching: Version 2.0 Description:
Recovery coaching as a peer-to-peer recovery support services has grown exponentially over the past four years. Over 2000 coaches have been trained using the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy alone. The issue of ethical consideration has been discussed in many circles yet formal training has been lacking. This two day training addresses this critical need. Using presentations, small group work, role play and a decision making matrix many areas will be addressed including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement and legal issues. Space is limited.
- Understand what ethics are and why ethics are so important when performing Recovery Coach Services
- Learn how to stay in your lane as a recovery coach
- Understand the decision making process
- Develop guidelines for making ethical decisions
- Apply the new learning to your every day work as an RC
and here is the published description of spirituality for coaches.
Spirituality for Recovery Coaches
CCAR is thrilled to announce a new training program as a supplement to our nationally recognized Recovery Coaches Academy, entitled. Spirituality for Recovery Coaches. While training the RCA, CCAR has been gathering feedback and making plans to offer additional training opportunities for Recovery Coaches. Deciding on which topics to cover for follow-up trainings has been difficult. As the role of the recovery coach begins to take shape across the country, it became evident to us that recovery coaches need to would like to know more about themselves before fully supporting and mentoring someone else.
The purpose of this session is to help you as a recovery coach understand what spirituality is and how you would help someone in their own process of discovering spirituality. This two day course will help you explore your own beliefs and values as it comes to spirituality. This training will provide you with the tools and resources needed as a recovery coach so you can speak about spirituality in a way that is accepting of others.
Just like the RCA, this training is going to challenge you in a way that helps to promote your own understanding of spirituality. We believe that spirituality plays a large part in recovery and hope that by completing this course, you will be able to help those you serve understand, accept and embrace spirituality for themselves.
We will be working to adapt the offerings we currently have to meet the requirements for the new colorado credential. my desire is to include several hours of record keeping and documentation- or perhaps we will just create a separate class. there is also a need for family support ideals and nuances to be included, especially since our official credential will be multi-disciplined.
either way- we have some work ahead- and sometap dancing to do. and in the meantime, we will continue to change the conversation from treatment issues to re-integration issues. long term recovery is re-integration.
stay tuned- www.coloradomentalwellnessnetwork.org
after finishing the ccar recovery coach training on august 1, i asked the new coaches 3 questions –
- why did you decide to do this recovery coach training?
- what was your experience working wih “colorado mental wellness network”?
- how did you like the ccar curriculum?
the following is an edited down version of 8 of the 9 participants responses.
withouta doubt, i am comletely thrilled with the entire experience. cmwn is a great organization to work with. the trainees were hungry for information and support. and tim ryerson with tnt productions did a remarkable job with the video.
I am so excited to be working on the 1st Recovery Coach Training utilizing the CCAR (Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery) curriculum which I pursued last year.
i am currently toying with the idea of flying to connecticut to take another training named “legal peer recovery coaching”. for some reason the name speaks to me and the idea of boutique legal coaching for some people seems a wonderful addition.
i would fly to connecticut on a thursday take the training friday, take the train the trainer class on saturday and fly home saturday evening. it’ll be a long weekend, but i think it’ll be fun, too.
i have been asked to participate with colorado mental wellness network delivering the training for the substance use peer coaching model for their trainings this year. this may make a great addition to the topics. i also hope it will help build a curriculum for the not-for-profit i am hoping to begin.
i have saved the name and will make it more formal once the 501c3 paperwork is in the works. i have asked a friend to help with a logo and branding.
and just for the record, i decided to buy beck’s album which was named album of the year, mostly out of disgust at the way he was treated. big surprise though- i love the music.