Become a Vermont 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 those in recovery. In Vermont, every year over 12,000 people leave substance use disorder treatment. When they leave treatment, we ensure that they have the evidence- based supports to continue strong in their recovery. 

What is a Recovery Coach?

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. Recovery Coaches practice basic evidence-based practices: motivational interviewing; resource provision; boundaries; and power of peers. 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 therapist, but rather an important resource for a lifetime of recovery. 

Where do Recovery Coaches work?

Our graduates use this training in many different professional arenas. Most work for our state’s nationally renowned Recovery Centers located in every corner of the state. Some work or volunteer at treatment centers or hospitals, others use their training in a related field such as housing, corrections, employment, family services, or other areas of human service that support recovery. 

What should I expect of the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy?

Teachings include intensive dynamic modules in:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • The Science of Addiction and Harm Reduction
  • Ethics, Values and Boundaries
  • Multiple Pathways to Recovery
  • Self-care and Wellness Plans
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Resource Provision
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • The Stages of Change

Why should I become a Vermont Recovery Coach?

According to the Vermont Governor’s Office and the 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 at, providing thoughtful listening, tools, and strength-based resources. 

Common Questions

All students who are associated with one of Vermont’s Recovery Centers must have the Center Director’s approval in order to attend. The Academy is also open to other recovery supports such as Working Fields and recovery employment, recovery residences; staff at treatment centers; and some related fields. 

Requirements include: one year minimum of continuous sobriety (if applicable), a strong internet connection, a supervisor and a support plan, a valid email address, and basic computer skills. 

The cost of the Academy is $900. However, we have a small number of scholarships to apply for that are available for Vermonters or for those serving Vermonters. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Most of the spots are scholarship spots reserved for those already formally working in a recovery resource.There are occasionally spots available for those willing to pay the $900 tuition fee. However, even these spots are highly competitive, and the willingness to pay does not guarantee admission.

Right now our coaches are recognized at the state level only. We have approval from the National Board at IC&RC to roll out full reciprocal certification which will be coming in early 2021.

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

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

Upcoming Online Academies in 2021

The Vermont Recovery Coach Academy has moved to remote learning! In response to COVID-19, in order to continue making our trainings accessible, all of our future upcoming trainings will be held online.

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

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6263