Recovery Coach Academy

MRC has been preparing individuals to provide one-to-one peer recovery support since 2011. Over 600 people have completed the Recovery Coach Academy to date and are using their peer-to-peer support skills to strengthen their communities.

The Recovery Coach Academy is a 46-hour program that introduces participants to the key concepts, fundamental skills and core functions of being effective in their role as a Recovery Coach or Peer Recovery Specialist.

“This was the highest of quality trainings. So professional. An absolutely AMAZING and LIFE-CHANGING experience.”
– 2018 Recovery Coach Academy graduate

What is a Recovery Coach?

Recovery Coaches aren’t sponsors or addiction counselors. Instead, they’re people who have lived experience with recovery who provide non-clinical recovery support to their peers.

Recovery Coaches . . .
  • remove barriers to recovery
  • connect peers to recovery resources that target their strengths and interests
  • provide emotional support
  • focus on the present and future
  • explore “could” instead of “should”

What is a Peer Recovery Specialist?

A Peer Recovery Specialist is a Recovery Coach who receives compensation and supervision through a state-approved employer for their peer recovery coaching services. In addition to completing the necessary training to be a Recovery Coach, Peer Recovery Specialists apply for a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Credential, pass an exam issued by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, and pay a fee. MRC’s Recovery Coach Academy meets all the educational requirements for the CPRS credential issued by the Minnesota Certification Board (MCB). For more information about applying for a CPRS Credential, visit the Minnesota Certification Board site.

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Recovery Legislative Update

Recovery is making strides in St. Paul and Washington! At both the state and federal level, the message is being heard that recovery indeed works.

The Walk for Recovery Is Back!

The walk is more than just a stroll around the grounds of the Capitol. There will be food, music, art, stuff for kids, wellness exploration and lots more.

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Don't miss Minnesota's largest all-recovery event! Back in person on Saturday, September 18. Learn more, register, or donate today!