10 Hr. CRPA-Family Training: classroom component*

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Empowering and Supporting Families

* The ASAP-PWI (Peer Workforce Initiative) 10 Hr., 15 Module online training entitled Foundations of Family-Supported Recovery must be completed prior to the 10 Hr. classroom training; click here to access this material.

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The Certified Recovery Peer Advocate -Family is a new specialization under the existing CRPA (see this page for CRPA Explanation). It affords existing Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPA) an additional opportunity to offer specialized family peer support.
Facilitated by Lori Drescher, ASAP PWI Authorized Trainer & FOR-NY Designated Best Practice Trainer.

We are pleased to bring you this “fresh off the press” training to prepare eligible Family Members for the valued role and NYCB Certification of “CRPA-Family” – a credentialed Peer family member supporting other parents and primary caregivers  with their lived experience, advocacy skills, compassion, empathy, guidance and empowerment.


In this 10 hour (2 day) workshop which builds on the required 10 Hr Online pre-requisite training, participants who have previously achieved their CRPA Certification and meet additional NYCB criteria for CRPA-F Certification* will have the opportunity to engaging in and practice using evidence based strategies and tools relevant to their work with caregivers of youth diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder or experiencing “social, emotional, medical, developmental, and/or behavioral challenges in the home, school, placement and/or community”.

See ASAP NYCB website  for NYS CRPA-Family Certification Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Qualification Details!

Eligibility Requirements for CRPA-Family Certification:

Anyone can take the CRPA-Family Training! However, you are eligible for CRPA-Family Certification if you:

  • achieved your CRPA credential through NYCB

  • completed the 10 hours family-specialty online training modules; followed by

  • the 10 hours family-specialty classroom training (this class!)

  • identify as a ”parent, or primary caregiver, of a youth (21 years or younger at onset of family exposure to youth’s substance use) who has participated in, or navigated, the substance use disorder services system”

  • Intend to work in an OASAS licensed treatment agency as a Family Peer Specialist supporting parents of children age 21 or under affected by their Substance Use Disorder.

Workshop Details

2 Day (10 Hrs.) Fall 2019 Session:  

  • Rochester: October 10 & 11 (Thurs & Fri)

Time: 9 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $250/person

Hours: 10 (2 days)

Rochester Location: ArtisanWorks, Gallery Q; 565 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610

Fee: Includes Participant Materials, certificate, and AM/PM snacks; lunch is on your own.

PAYMENT IN FULL IS DUE IMMEDIATELY, please mail payment to:
Lori Drescher/RCU
22 Upton Park
Rochester, NY 14607
585-303-5339
Or pay via PayPal - see registration form.  Your registration is guaranteed/confirmed once payment is received.  Thank you!

One of the most engaging, thought provoking, powerful trainings I have ever been to. I hope to implement these tools in all aspects of my life.
— RCA Training Participant, Onandaga County
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CRPA-Family Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (Competencies):

Domain 1: Family Peer Support

1. Practice individualized peer support that empowers families to make informed decisions
2. Develop self-awareness and utilize lived experience effectively
3. Navigate local and regional recovery support and treatment options including diverse levels of care and Medication Assisted Treatment/Narcan
4. Encourage family involvement in recovery and treatment activities
5. Assist families to enhance their skills in promoting recovery and responding to problematic behavior
6. Connect families with individualized recovery supports, networks and resources based upon their strengths, need and goals
7. Assist families to implement recommendations from service and treatment providers
8. Collaborate effectively with community stakeholders such as clinical treatment teams, criminal/juvenile justice and social welfare professionals

Domain 2: Recovery & Addiction

9. Recognize the full continuum of substance use/addictive disorders
10. Understand the science of addiction and recovery
11. Recognize the impact of substance use/addiction upon youth and the family
12. Assist families to understand their rights and responsibilities when children are in residential care, treatment or involved in the criminal justice system
13. Recognize local and regional trends related to youth substance use/addiction and recovery
14. Encourage family members to connect with natural support in their communities
15. Promote recovery by utilizing empowering, hopeful and optimistic strategies
16. Practice recovery-oriented language and avoid the use of stigmatizing labels and terms

Domain 3: Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity

17. Recognize the importance of culture, race/ethnicity and language
18. Develop cultural awareness and knowledge of the unique cultural context, health beliefs and practices of families served
19. Utilize culturally appropriate strategies that ensure sensitivity to individualized cultural needs and traditions
20. Promote the adoption of culturally responsive practices and services

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream
— C. S. Lewis