Supervision in Recovery Settings

Specialty Training

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 and skills of supervision.  We will explore the similarities and differences of management and supervision; effective communication strategies to use with one’s employees; approaches to keep one’s team engaged and motivated; as well as explore the unique boundaries, challenges, and opportunities that come with being a supervisor 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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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. 


Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson (she/her/hers) came to Recovery Vermont in July 2021. Emma received her Master of Science in Leadership from Norwich University in 2021 and comes from a background in higher education. Her passion for helping others, supporting her community, and working for a mission-driven organization is what brought her to Recovery Vermont. She is looking forward to celebrating recovery through connection. Outside of work you can find Emma hiking around Vermont, reading a good book, or cooking a delicious meal for friends.

Learning Objectives

Supervision training participants will be able to:

  •  Understand the difference between personnel-management and coaching supervision in recovery settings.
  • Know the boundaries of personnel-management and coach supervision and define the limits of our lane.
  • Define management as servant leadership and develop working knowledge of the ABCs of servant leadership: clear goals, strength-based, motivational listening.
  • Understand the personnel manager’s obligation to set a positive culture.
  • Create their own management 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.
  • Conduct reporting and performance evaluations.
  • Students will understand the specialized boundaries and nuances of management and supervising in a peer setting.
  • Understand and articulate the IC&RC requirements for personnel management and understand the ethical imperative that no recovery coach may ever work on their own.
  • Understand and articulate the IC&RC requirements for coach supervision: how experienced coaches mentor others through formal and recognized coach supervision. 
  • Grasp and articulate the Recovery Coach code of conduct and how to use this as the guide for coaching supervision. 

Upcoming Training Dates

Check back soon for future training dates!


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

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6263