Supervision in Recovery Settings

Training Program

This two-day Supervision in Recovery Settings Training Program is designed for those working in the substance use disorder recovery field who want to learn the basic principles of being a supervisor (an individual who manages other staff members), and what the unique boundaries, challenges, and opportunities of being a supervisor are in a recovery setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the pre-requisites?

 In order to take the training you must have:

+ Completed the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy training

+ Currently working or volunteering in the field of recovery 

+ Permission from your supervisor 

+ One year minimum of continuous sobriety (if applicable)

+ A valid email address and basic computer skills


What are the requirements?

This training will take place daily from 9 – 3pm on Zoom. For the duration of the training, you will need to be present. A strong WiFi signal, computer or tablet with a working video camera and audio microphone are required in order to participate. 

What is the cost?

This training is free for Vermonters working in recovery supports, supervisor’s approval required. The cost for those out of state is $400. 

Meet the Trainers

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Gary De Carolis

Gary was the Executive Director of the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County for 8 years (2012-2020). Prior to this position Mr. De Carolis was the President of The Center for Community Leadership; Chief of the federal Children’s Mental Health Branch, SAMHSA; Deputy Commissioner, VT Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities; 3-term Burlington City Councilor, and author of A View from the Balcony: Leadership Challenges in Systems of Care. He also is the founder and lead tour guide of Burlington History Tours satisfying his deep love of the City of Burlington, VT!

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Susan Walker

Suzie Walker describes herself as an “accidental nonprofit director”! She has served as the Executive Director of the Turning Point of Windham County Recovery Center in Brattleboro since 2009 when she moved from the board of directors to an interim director role after an unexpected vacancy occurred. A series of serendipitous events happened over several months, and she decided to stay. Previous to this role, Suzie served in various capacities in the textbook publishing world, including as managing editor and supervisor. A valued mentor encouraged the idea that a manager’s most important role is to develop people; if you do that, the work gets done and the organization flourishes. This philosophy has shaped her approach as a center director. Suzie is also a person in long-term recovery, a role she’s most grateful for, and recovery principles also guide her work. 

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Peter Espenshade

Peter Espenshade (he, him, his)  is super proud of his long-term recovery and has been the president of Recovery Vermont and VAMHAR since 2013.  Prior to his work here, Peter worked in philanthropy as a VP at the Vermont Community Foundation and as the Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Land Trust.  He is an active supporter of the arts and previously served as the board chair of Vermont Stage. 

Learning Objectives

Supervision training participants will be able to:

•       Understand the paramount role of supervision in recovery settings.
•       Know the boundaries of supervision and define the limits of our lane.
•       Define supervision as servant leadership and develop working knowledge of the ABCs of servant leadership: clear goals, strength-based,          motivational listening.
•       Understand that these boundaries between guests, volunteers, staff, supervisors, Executive Directors, and board members.
•       Understand the supervisor’s obligation to set a positive culture.
•       Create their own supervision culture statement.
•       Use their motivational interviewing skills in listening and providing resources to their staff.
•       Know where to find the answers for detailed questions from their Executive Director.
•       Gain real world understanding through role play and case studies of supervision in recovery settings
•       Gain understanding of leadership styles
•       Develop understanding for the importance of workplace rules
•       Gain real world understanding of this work in context from a panel of experienced supervisors
•       Conduct reporting and performance evaluations
•       Students will understand the specialized boundaries and nuances of supervising in a peer setting

Upcoming Training Dates

New training dates will be announced soon. If you have any questions, contact Melissa Story.


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

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6263