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 training@cforr.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.

$80 Core Training/ $425 for RSPS/PRSS 46-Hour *Supplemental* Training  Contact training@cforr.org for tuition information and available scholarships

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 training@cforr.org to apply.

If you are not an active active volunteer and would like to apply to become one, you may contact our volunteer coordinator, volunteer@cforr.org. Click here to download an application.

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

All training is now virtual via Zoom  from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

RSPS/PRSS 46-Hour Supplemental Training
January 11-15, 2021

February 15-19, 2021
April 12-16, 2021
June 21-25, 2021
August 16-20, 2021
November 15-19, 2021

Core Training 

December 4, 2020
February 5, 2021
April 9, 2021
May 14, 2021
June 4 , 2021
July 16, 2021
August 6, 2021
October 1, 2021
November 12, 2021

Developing Excellence in Recovery Coaching

March 25-26, 2021
September 23-24, 2021

Peer Specialist Supervisor

December 11, 2020
May 14, 20201
December 3, 2021


$80 Core Training/ $425 for RSPS/PRSS 46-Hour Supplemental Training  Contact training@cforr.org for tuition information and available scholarships

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 training@cforr.org to apply.

If you are not an active active volunteer and would like to apply to become one, you may contact our volunteer coordinator, volunteer@cforr.org. Click here to download an application.

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Being a peer recovery coach and volunteer was a real boost to my recovery at that time. Not just that I have helped other people on their journey to recovery, but it continues to keep my sobriety at an active level. I can’t keep my sobriety strong if I don’t give it away.

Valerie Milburn, Board Chair & Volunteer, Communities for Recovery
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