Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach
ICAADA is pleased to announce the availability of the Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CAPRC) credential. This credential is intended for individuals who have a lived experience of recovery and who desire to help people in addiction recovery. CAPRC skill domains include advocacy, mentoring and education, recovery and wellness support, and ethical responsibility.
The credential is recognized in states and countries that are affiliates of the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Look under the ICAADA website header, “Credentials” , and click CAPRC for more details about the CAPRC credential.
ICAADA will offer addiction recovery coach, recovery coach ethics and HIV/AIDS trainings throughout the coming year to enable candidates to meet the training requirements for the CAPRC credential. Below is a statement by the IC&RC regarding the development of the peer recovery coaching credential.
“The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) has completed their work on the development of a certification that will recognize the work done by recovering individuals in the community. The development of this credential has been completely peer driven.
This certification, open to those who meet specific requirements, will provide credibility to the work done by individuals in recovery, members of recovery community organizations and those who work in the substance abuse or mental health field that do not meet the present educational and supervisory criteria for clinical based certifications. It is our hope that this certification will open doors for individuals interested in working in the substance abuse or mental health field that possess tremendous knowledge and experience in recovery and would like to use it to help others change their lives. A full Job Analysis (JA) and a 75 question multiple choice examination are final with the first administration of the examination being given in December 2013.
The Peer Recovery credential can be viewed as the individual whose role is between the other recovery support individuals of a recovery sponsor and the substance abuse or mental health counselor. The role of the peer has emerged from the recognition of a need to reconnect substance abuse and mental health treatment to the longer lasting process of recovery. The peer is not a sponsor or a therapist but rather a role model, mentor, advocate and motivator.
The peer recovery credential may lend itself to the workforce crisis facing the substance abuse and mental health field today. By the identification of these individuals who are in the recovery community, a pool of recovery experts will be created, some of whom may choose to go on to work in a treatment setting in various capacities.
Additionally, formal education is not a requirement for obtaining the peer recovery credential. However, emphasis will be placed instead on training, specifically in the domains of advocacy, ethical responsibility, mentoring and education, and recovery/wellness support. Ongoing training will also be required for the maintenance of the peer recovery credential.
The key objective for the development of the peer recovery credential is to provide individuals in recovery with a support system to development and learn healthy living skills. The credential should also open doors to new professional opportunities for individuals in recovery who choose to enter the substance abuse or mental health field. Recovery support services are expected to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery, which should reduce the strain on the over-burdened treatment system.”
Peer Recovery coaches/specialists help a person become ready and willing to seek treatment (if needed) and enter recovery by helping the person explore their options for recovery or treatment. Coaches ask questions, offer insight, and help service recipients as they become whole, resourceful, and capable of choosing what is best for them.
Peer Recovery coaches/specialists use a strengths-based approach helping service recipients find and utilize their values, assets, and strengths while supporting them in achieving success. They recognize that it is normal for recovering service recipients to have gaps in their skills or development. The role of the coach/specialist is to help service recipients recognize and fill these gaps with the skills needed. Peer Recovery services focus on the present and future and is based on partnership with the recipient.