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Recovery Coach Academy Training

Recovery Coach Academy Training

Instructor: Linda Sarage & Paul Alves
Course time(s): 44482 WFD 255-70: M-F, 8/20–8/24, 8:30 am–4:00 pm, 5 sessions
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$699.00
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The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a 5-day intensive training academy focusing on providing 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. Provided in a retreat like environment, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© prepares participants by helping them to actively listen and ask questions.

 CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© participants will:

·         Describe Recovery Coach role and functions

·         List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery

·         Build skills to enhance relationships

·         Explore many dimensions of recovery and recovery coaching

·         Discover attitudes about self disclosure and sharing your story

·         Understand the stages of recovery

·         Describe the stages of change and their applications

·         Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege

·         Address ethical and boundary issues

·         Experience recovery wellness planning

·         Practice newly acquired skills



Meet the trainers:

Linda Sarage has been in recovery for over 35 years and is a passionate advocate for the peer recovery movement. She is a consultant for peer recovery state-wide with MA DPH Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and is a lead trainer for the Recovery Coach Academy. Additionally, she supported the development and is a lead trainer for the Supervisors of Recovery Coach learning cycle. Linda is the former director of the RECOVER Project, a peer recovery support center in Greenfield, MA. Under her direction the RECOVER Project achieved local, state and national attention for its peer-participatory, trauma–informed approach to recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. She continues to provide technical assistance to peer recovery organizations both locally and nationally.


Paul Alves is a Massachusetts State Certified Addictions Recovery Coach, as well as a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). His experience spans the continuum of care. He has guided individuals in prevention as a Drinking Driver Program Instructor, in treatment as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a co-occurring Medication Assisted Treatment Program, and in Recovery Maintenance as a Peer Recovery Coach.

Mr. Alves is a person in Long Term Recovery from Substance Use Disorder, Food Addiction and Mental Health affliction. He has been training Recovery Coaches since 2012. With a positive attitude and contemporary perspective, he believes that all individuals have the ability to recover. His experience spans the continuum of care. He has guided individuals in prevention as a Drinking Driver Program Instructor, in treatment as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a co-occurring Medication Assisted Treatment Program, and in Recovery Maintenance as a Peer Recovery Coach.