Become a Vermont Certified Recovery Coach

Worried about the addiction epidemic? Want to make a real difference and help those in recovery?

The Vermont Recovery Coach Academy is a comprehensive and relatable training that equips participants with the skills and resources vital to help to those in recovery.  In Vermont, every year over 12,000 people leave substance abuse treatment. When they leave treatment, we ensure that they have the evidence based supports to continue their recovery and sobriety from treatment, to hopefully a lifetime of joy, happiness and meaning. 


What is a Recovery Coach?

Recovery Coaches are trained, certified healthcare professionals.  The role of the Recovery Coach reflects a collaborative and strength-based approach, with the primary goal being to assist individuals in achieving sustained recovery from the effects of substance use disorders. Certified Recovery Coaches are not clinicians; they serve in a supportive role within the community and/or treatment setting. They do not replace other professional services; they complement the existing array of support services. The Recovery Coach is not a twelve-step sponsor, case manager, or a therapist, but rather a role model, mentor, advocate and motivator. Services provided by the Recovery Coach are geared to substantially improve an individual’s ability to sustain recovery and wellness.


Where do Recovery Coaches work?

 Our graduates use this training in many different personal and professional arenas.  Some work or volunteer at recovery centers, treatment centers or hospitals, others use their training in a related field such as housing, corrections, employment, or other areas of human services. 


What should I expect of the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy?

This is a comprehensive training that leads to a nationally recognized state certification as a Vermont Certified Recovery Coach. Teachings include intensive dynamic modules in: 
– Motivational Interviewing 
– The Brain Science of Addiction and Recovery
– Ethics, Values, and Boundaries
– Pathways to Recovery
– Resources   


Why should I become a Vermont Certified Recovery Coach?

According to the Vermont Governor’s Office and Vermont Department of Health, one of the number one needs of healthcare in Vermont is the need for more Vermont Recovery Coaches. We need them in our schools, our emergency departments, our corrections facilities, our employment agencies and in our community. People recover –  and Recovery Coaches meet them where they are, providing thoughtful listening, interviewing, and strength- based resources. 

Upcoming Academies in 2020

Academy dates are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm with 11 additional hours of online learning.  Registration will open a few months prior to each Academy.  

Due to COVID-19, we have moved our Vermont Recovery Coach Academy to online learning for the foreseeable future. If you would like to get involved or learn more, please contact Melissa Story.


What Our Recent Recovery Coach Academy Participants Have To Say

Where is the Vermont Recovery Coach Certification recognized?

Recovery Coaches are certified by the Vermont Recovery Coach Certification Board, a program of Recovery Vermont. They are graduates of an intensive 46 hour training, and the Recovery Coach certification is recognized and reciprocated in 30 other states and a few foreign countries. 

What are the requirements?

The Academy is open to anyone interested in the recovery field: peers, individuals in long-term recovery, family members, clinicians, allies, professionals, and friends. Requirements include: one year minimum of continuous sobriety (if applicable); a supervisor and a support plan; a valid email address; and basic computer skills. 

What is the cost? 

The cost of the Academy is $750. However, we offer partial and full scholarships to those associated with non-profit recovery or mental health organizations. Please reach out to see if you qualify. 

Are meals, lodging and transportation provided?

Meals, lodging and transportation are not provided with the training. Participants are responsible for setting up their own accommodations.

Code of Ethics

All of our Recovery Coaches are held to a Code of Professional Ethics created and governed by the Vermont Recovery Coach Certification Board. 

Become a Certified Vermont recovery Coach


Recovery Vermont
A program of VAMHAR
100 State Street, Suite 352

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6263

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