Recovery Academy of Ireland: Peer Recovery Coach Training

Recovery Academy of Ireland 
Peer Recovery Coach Training

Do you have lived experience of addiction recovery?

Do you feel secure in your recovery and willing to help others achieve recovery too?

Would you like to train as a peer recovery coach? The Recovery Academy are providing free recovery coach training to people who have lived experience of addiction recovery and would like to train to be a peer-to-peer recovery coach within addiction recovery services. If so, please read the following:

What is a recovery coach?                        

A recovery coach is someone who: 

  • is established in their own recovery
  • has completed a training course in recovery coaching, and 
  • is committed to promoting recovery in the community and making recovery an attractive option for all. 

What do I need to be a recovery coach?

  • A good understanding of your own recovery journey and the many other pathways to recovery
  • An understanding of addiction and its effects on the family and community
  • A willingness to be active in the community and to make recovery visible and attractive
  • Flexibility and a willingness to work some evenings and weekends
  • Empathy, compassion, patience and a non-judgmental attitude
  • Confidence and the ability to explain things clearly
  • Ability to work effectively in a team as well as work on your own
  •  Competent I.T Skills 

What does the training involve?

The core training runs over five days and you will need to complete all five days. The training involves talks and group work around the following topics:

  • Day 1.  Overview of recovery coaching, recovery pathways, ethics and professional practices
  • Day 2.  Exploring the helping relationship, your own boundaries, disclosure and risk
  • Day 3.  Communication and coaching skills
  • Day 4.  Understanding and applying models of wellbeing
  • Day 5.  Motivation, relapse, recovery check-ins and next steps

Ongoing training and assessment, including placement observation and learning objectives of the role as a Recovery Coach will take place during the 19-week placement. 

“I wanted to help other people find recovery and show them a bit of hope. I wanted to show them what was shown to me, that there is another life and a way out of addiction.”  - Recovery Coach

Is the training accredited (recognised)?

The training is accredited by OCN Learner Recovery Coaching Education. This is equivalent to QQI/FETAC Level 4. 

 What happens after the five days training?

  • You must complete 300 hours of voluntary coaching over 19 weeks, approx. 16 hours each week.  
  • The role of the recovery coach is essentially to help someone progress in their own recovery. We will work with the person’s strengths. We would also look to see what the person wanted to do next for the good of their recovery. 

We will help the person to set goals and we will work on a plan with them to achieve their goals.

You must attend regular group supervision sessions.

  • You must complete the learning objectives and training.  
  • You must complete coursework and assignments.  
  • If your computer skills are not competent, you will need to complete an IT literacy course or work on improving your skill during the course of training.

When does the course start?

The course runs from... Date in September to be confirmed

How do I apply?

To apply, you must be:

  • drug-free (including alcohol) for at least 24 months, and
  • have no charges or convictions during this time and fully committed to your own personal recovery.

Please fill out the attached application form and send the completed application to the following email and we will contact you for interview...

Closing Date for application 25th of June

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Date Entered/Updated
2nd Jun, 2021
Expiry Date
25th Jun, 2021