At Communities for Recovery we say, “Give to Keep.” As a trained Peer Recovery Coach, you can keep your sobriety strong by giving support and guidance to others who are newer to recovery.
Communities for Recovery is proud to provide a structured way for individuals who have lived experience in recovery to help others along their recovery journeys.
Our training is your first step towards becoming certified. You will learn how to draw from your own experiences and recovery best practices to be an effective coach and mentor. The training is offered several times throughout the year, on weekdays and weekends.
Contact Training and Leadership Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
To become a Peer Recovery Coach, you must be age 18 or older, have lived experience with recovery, and have at least one year of continuous sobriety. It is also important that you are comfortable with publicly identifying as a person in recovery, and that you have a desire to help others with their recovery process.
Through lectures, discussions, and role plays, you will obtain a strong foundation in the core competencies of a recovery coach, including strength-based goal planning, social support, linkage to services, and building recovery capital. You will finish the training understanding the roles and responsibilities of a recovery coach and the process for obtaining certification.
The cost for the five-day Peer Support Specialist Training is $425, which includes breakfast each day and snacks. Additional expenses you may want to budget for are travel, overnight accommodations, and evening meals.
Communities for Recovery occasionally offers training scholarships. We receive a high number of requests for scholarships and are unable to grant all requests. All scholarship applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Only active Communities for Recovery volunteers that have been active for at least 3 months and have documented at least 25 hours of service work are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Following the RSPS/PRSS training, volunteers under the CforR Training Scholarship agree to continue to volunteer for at least 3 additional months and log an additional 25 hours of volunteer service hours. If you meet these eligibility requirements, contact our training coordinator at email@example.com to apply.
To become a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist in the State of Texas, you must meet the minimum education and residency requirements, verify your education and training, complete 250 hrs. of work experience (volunteer or paid) with 25 hrs. supervision, pass the International Peer Examination, and pay a fee for your certificate. The certification is valid for two years once you have earned it. Learn more at https://www.tcbap.org/page/PeerCertificationApplications.
Upcoming Training Dates
RSPS/PRSS 46-hour Supplemental Training – Weekend training: January 6th – 10th, 9am – 5pm
Peer Support Supervisor (PSS) Training – February 13th
Peer Support Core Training – Friday, December 13, 9 am – 5 pm, February 7 and 21
Download and complete the application to the best of your ability, and send it to our training coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted for a brief interview.
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Resources for Recovery Coaches
- C4R Recovery Coach Resource Folder –Forms, tools, guides, training docs, etc. for recovery coaches.
- PRS Certification Steps and Requirements (after the training class) –A summary of the steps and requirements to complete the testing, application, and certification to become a peer recovery support specialist for substance use disorder in Texas after a person has taken the 46 hour PRS training.
- Recovery Coach Resources Facebook Group –Facebook group to support recovery coaches and recovery coach trainers (closed group, must request membership).
- Recovery Webinars from NAADAC
- Check out our Youtube Training Playlist
Job Listings for Recovery Coaches
- Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations
- indeed.com: Recovery Support Specialist – Be sure to enter search terms for location.
- Mission Capital – Positions at nonprofits in Austin and throughout Central Texas, including jobs, internships and board seats. Be sure to enter search terms like “Peer Support Specialist.”
- Integral Care Career Opportunities
- Bluebonnet Trails Career Opportunities