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 personal and professional arenas. Most work for our state’s nationally renowned Recovery Centers located in every corner of the state. Some work or volunteer at Working Fields, treatment centers or hospitals, others use their training in a related field such as housing, corrections, employment or other areas of human service. 

What should I expect of the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy?

Teachings include intensive dynamic modules in:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • The Science of Addiction 
  • Ethics, Values and Boundaries
  • Multiple Pathways to Recovery
  • Self-care and Wellness Plans
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Resource Provision

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. 

Upcoming Academies in 2020

Recovery Vermont has gone Virtual! In response to COVID-19 to continue making our trainings accessible, our next few trainings will be held online.

What Our Recovery Coach Academy Participants Have To Say

Common Questions

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. 

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

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. 

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.  


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

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6263