Recovery Coaching Certificate

The Recovery Coaching Certificate (310 hours) – $6,000.00 All inclusive (Includes all courses listed below, textbooks and Relias online training program account)

  • Tuition Cost – $5,600
  • Computer Training Access (including Relias Training Platform) – $160
  • Books – $240 (approximate; see your instructor for listing)

This course is designed to build upon the skills attained in lived experience and/or Peer Employment Training and to provide a platform for career advancement for the behavioral health student. The recovery certificate program draws from the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide competent, quality services within the behavioral health field as a Recovery Coach.

Focus is placed on meeting the competencies of the International Coach Federation:

Setting the Foundation: 1) Meeting Ethical Guidelines & Professional Standards Understanding coaching ethics and standards and applying them appropriately in all coaching situations; 2) Establishing the Coaching Agreement Understanding what is required in the specific coaching interaction and coming to agreement with the prospective and new client about the coaching process and relationship.

Co-Creating the Relationship: 3) Establishing Trust & Intimacy with the Client Creating a safe, supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust; 4) Coaching Presence Being fully conscious and creating spontaneous relationships with clients, employing a style that is open, flexible and confident.

Communicating Effectively: 5) Active Listening Focusing completely on what the client is saying and is not saying, understanding the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and supporting client self-expression; 6) Powerful Questioning Asking questions that reveal the information needed for maximum benefit to the coaching relationship and the client. 7) Direct Communication Communicating effectively during coaching sessions, and using language that has the greatest positive impact on the client.

Facilitating Learning and Results: 8) Creating Awareness Integrating and accurately evaluating multiple sources of information, and making interpretations that help the client to gain awareness and thereby achieve agreed-upon results; 9) Designing Actions Creating with the client opportunities for ongoing learning, during coaching and in work/life situations, and for taking new actions that will most effectively lead to agreed-upon coaching results; 10) Planning & Goal Setting Developing and maintaining an effective coaching plan with the client; 11) Managing Progress & Accountability Holding attention on what is important for the client, and leaving responsibility with the client to take action

Students are encouraged, through the internship process, to focus on their strengths: group work, behavioral change, health & wellness services, employment services, housing services, advocacy skills and case management skills. Students choosing this path will be workforce ready to deliver peer-oriented recovery coaching services in the behavioral health field.


Required Classes 

  • REC 300 (30) – Recovery Pathways
  • REC 400 (30) – Communication Skills I in Counseling and Recovery
  • REC 401 (30) – Recovery Coaching
  • REC 403 (30) – Recovery Coaching in Multicultural Settings
  • REC 405 (30) – Self-Directed Documentation and Writing Skills (includes “Computers in Recovery”)
  • REC 406 (30) – Group Dynamics in a Recovery Environment
  • REC 500 (30) – Substance Abuse Recovery Training (Formerly REC 404 – Resilience with Substance Abuse & Other Life Challenges)
  • REC 800 (100) – Recovery Education Center Internship (includes 100 hours of field placement; formerly “Supervised Practice Seminar”)

Graduation from the Recovery Coaching Program

Students receiving a grade of “C” or better in every course outlined as part of this program will receive a certificate of completion upon graduation. This certificate qualifies graduates to apply for recovery coach positions at the BHPP, BHT and BHP level (depending on prior experience and education) within the behavioral health system.

Upon successful completion of the Recovery Coaching Certificate Program, students will be able to apply for positions requesting skills defined under Chapter 900 – Q 963 Peer and Recovery Support Training, Credentialing and Supervision Requirements in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Provider Manual.

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the competency test and, upon successful completion of the test, be credentialed as Certified Peer Support Specialists.

Graduates of this program meet the requirements for Behavioral Health Technician as defined by Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Provider Manual.

Please feel free to review our current REC Enrollment/Application Form and REC 2019–2020 Catalog which outlines the modules and competencies taught during this course.

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