The Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) and GSU's College of Health and Human Services' Addiction Studies and Behavioral Health Program present a series of subsidized training programs (one day a week for four weeks) focused on recovery coaching/mentoring as part of a recovery-oriented system of care for individuals and families dealing with alcohol and/or -substance abuse. The Coaching for Recovery Training Program is open to all Illinois residents, as well as GSU faculty and students. See RCT at GSU Training Schedule and sign-up to be contacted for next available date.

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

Recovery-oriented systems of care are designed to support individuals seeking to overcome substance use disorders across the lifespan. They are comprehensive, providing services for individuals before, during and after treatment.
Coaching for Recovery

Goals of Training Program

By the end of this training, participants will:

  • be aware of how a recovery-oriented system of care differs from traditional approaches to addictions treatment;
  • have a working definition of recovery management;
  • be aware of the three continuums of recovery management;
  • be aware of the unique role of the recovery coach in recovery management;
  • be aware of multiple styles of recovery and the role of the recovery coach;
  • be aware of strategies to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue in their role as a recovery coach; 
  • leave with criteria that will help guide ethical decision-making in their role as a recovery coach.

Features of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

Recovery-oriented systems of care differ from the traditional approach to addictions treatment, which is often short-term. Other aspects of this system that set it apart:

  • Places a greater emphasis on recovery than treatment;
  • Views treatment as important, and as the bridge to recovery;
  • Comprehensive;
  • Long-term;
  • Strength-based;
  • Gender-sensitive, culturally competent, and able to address trauma;
  • Provides assertive outreach in communities. Over the course of the past 50 years, most addiction services have been provided within facilities;
  • Forms partnerships to help clients remain sober in their natural environments. These partnerships are often between treatment providers, faith-based communities, secular communities, peers in recovery, indigenous healers in a diversity of communities, and recovery coaches;
  • Emphasizes multiple pathways to long-term recovery.

  • Recovery Coaching Training Schedule



    Greetings from GSU Recovery Coaching Training!!    


    This training is state funded by SUPR ((Illinois Department of Human Services; Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Formerly DASA) at no cost to participants but please note:

    • Participants must be Illinois residents
    • Participants must attend all sessions in order to receive a total of 40 continuing education units:(partial  CEU's will not be given).  
    • The GSU Recovery Coaching Training sessions are NOT intended as a refreshment for additional CEU's repeat participants allowed on case by only case basis if space available  

    Coaching for Recovery Scheduled Training Groups   

     Sorry current Classes are FULL

    If you would like to participate in one of our next available Spring group please click here : RCT Wait List  

    Group classes are all remote during Covid19 Restrictions. 
    Participants must attend all 40 hours in order to receive a 40 CEU certificate (CEU not for repeat)


    If you have further questions regarding this please email Laura Owens



    GSU RCT Session Materials :

    RCT Materials are Password Protected : Materials are ownership of GSU and not for distribution,
    contact  Laura Owens  for information.  

    Registered participants may use this link to access the GSU RCT documents

     If you do not have a printer you may read along with the overhead projector and take notes or you may come to GSU early and go to 2nd floor library and ask HelpDesk for visitor password to sign on our computers and print from there (10 cents per page fee).


  • Training Session FAQ's



    FAQ’s – 

    Recovery Coaching Training…


    Is Recovery Coaching something new?

    No – the concept of Recovery Coaching (RC) as an effective type of peer recovery support specialists has been around for a long time. RC and the concept of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) have been receiving increasing attention. There is a good foundation of literature and research regarding the principles and practices that contribute to the effectiveness of RC, and that is what much of our training is based on.


    Does the GSU RC Training provide some kind of certification for RC?

    No. However, the content of our training program is designed to meet the foundational 40 hour educational requirement specified in Illinois and other jurisdictions for Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. (The RC is considered a Peer Recovery Specialist in Illinois and many other states.) 


    Looking online, you may see many types of RC training programs that provide their own RC Certification. It is difficult to know, however, how these will or will not end up meeting State and Federal Certification standards as they evolve.  


    What Illinois Certifications are there for Recovery Specialists?

    The current requirements for various types of Recovery Specialist Certifications in Illinois can be found on the IL SUPR (formerly DASA) website at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=99995 . More information on Illinois credentialing can be found athttp://www.iaodapca.org/ You may want to focus on the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and the various documents related to it at http://www.iaodapca.org/credentialing/certified-peer-recovery-specialist-cprs/Note that these certifications involve both educational and experiential elements, so plan to spend time understanding these requirements, perhaps contacting these organizations for assistance if needed.  


    Our training will provide a brief overview of certification requirements – but will not allow for extensive questions on the certification process or consideration of individual cases. 


    Are there jobs for Recovery Coaches? 

    Recovery Coaching positions are becoming increasingly available across the country, and in some areas (as California) more than others. We can expect this trend will continue. You may want to Google open RC positions in your area or elsewhere from time to time to get a feel for position availability.  


    Does GSU offer RC Internships?

    Yes, GSU is able to offer a limited number of SUPR (Illinois Department of Human Services; Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery) -funded RC internships to those who successfully complete the RC training and meet additional criteria.  This program and the application process will be fully explained during your training.