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We Are Leaders in Peer & Recovery Coach Training, 
 and Family Recovery Support Services

The Recovery Coach & Peer Support Movement is here to stay.

People don't recover in  treatment. They recover in their communities. And Peers and Recovery Coaches can be key in helping to sustain recovery for individuals and for their affected family members. We are proud to lead the charge in NYS by providing the best available training and support in Upstate and Western NY to those aspiring Recovery Coaches and Peer Advocates: Certified Addiction Recovery Coaches (CARC) and Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPA). 

We also support those affected by the addiction of a loved one through our private Family Recovery Coaching practice, or in our 'Families Recover Together' group coaching sessions.  

Connect with us today.

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Today’s opioid epidemic has brought much attention to a growing health crisis in our country and communities. 
It has also brought confusion, despair, frustration, and panic to families struggling to understand the risks,
potential implications, and decisions involved in dealing with addiction. 

We are here to help dispel the panic, find solutions, work toward a better tomorrow
and bring compassion and healing today.

  • I came into this class feeling very broken, scared and discouraged. I am leaving with the encouragement and hope that I needed so desperately to feel that there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
    — Sharon Specksgoor - Mom Affected by Loved One’s Addiction
  • The training for 4 days really gave me insight on my future as a Recovery Coach. I can now go on to do great things in my community. Lori D / Keith G you ROC and are awesome.
    — Eddie Everett, Recovery Peer Support - Me Time Massage & Wellness
  • Whether you are in recovery or not, I strongly suggest taking the Recovery Coach Academy for everyone who is connected to addiction and recovery of a loved one. I have learned so much that I feel with more training I can become a great coach.
    — Carol Struble - Robert Giannotti Recovery Academy
  • I have taken many treatment and recovery-based trainings but I am very excited to bring the skills and values I learned in this training back to my practice. Lori and Keith are incredible teachers and I highly recommend this training for Peers and Clinicians.
    — Cameron Farash, M.S.W. - Director, Monroe County Recovery Support Navigators

Family Recovery Services

Families' needs are often neglected in the crisis and chaos of addiction. Parents, spouses, grandparents and friends are often deeply affected and in need of their own recovery support, advocacy, resources and strategies for effectively managing their relationships and boundaries. We are here to offer that support through one-on-one strengths based coaching. We work with individual family members affected by the addiction of a loved one or with individuals seeking to create or sustain their own recovery.

Contact Lori to schedule a consultation for private Family Recovery Coach services: 585-303-5339 or

Recovery Coach University

Many people attend the workshops offered here simply to learn about Recovery Coaching (RC). Others wish to become certified and use their knowledge and skills to support others in their recovery as a community volunteer, or working within an agency (Certified Recovery Peer Advocate - CRPA) or in private practice (Certified Addiction Recovery Coach - CARC).

Recovery Coach University (RCU) Facilitators & Trainings are authorized by OASAS and our workshops are approved by ASAP New York Certification Board (NYCB) for CRPA and CARC certifications.  

Note:  Certification Scholarships are currently available through NYCA (New York Certification Association).  Please direct all scholarship inquiries to NYCA.

What’s NEW in Recovery Coach Workshops, Trainings, and Learning Collaboratives:

Community Based Peer Learning Collaborative - 3rd Wednesdays!

Starts on September 18, 2019; 3rd Wednesday’s, CORE Center, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, FREE!

Who should consider this coaching group?
If you are a CRPA-P, CRPA, PSS or CARC or in training and wish to continue your professional development and practice, this Peer Learning Collaborative is for you. You will receive mentor/coaching from five of the most experienced and knowledgeable Peer Mentor Coaches in Western NY. And it’s FREE!

Take charge of your own professional development.  Join us.

16 Hr Ethics Training for NYS CRPA Certification -
Recovery Coaches and Peer Advocates

Attend this 16 hr. CCAR and RCU combined Ethics curriculum and practicum and earn your certificate approved for CARC and CRPA NYS Certification qualification. 

The field of Recovery Coaching and Peer Advocacy is growing rapidly and the integrity of the role and profession is dependant on sound Ethical practices, policies, boundaries and supervision, regardless of your status as a Peer Volunteer, paid Peer Advocate, or independent Certified Addiction Recovery Coach.

This course is an absolute requirement for anyone hoping to practice in the realm of Recovery Coach or Peer Advocate.

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Motivational Interviewing: Addressing Change Talk in the Healthcare Profession

This highly interactive and experiential workshop targets coaches, peers and clinicians seeking an advanced level of Motivational Interviewing training. The learner will consider MI's application to a broad use of behavior changes ranging from health behaviors to substance use.

The workshop offers a hands-on experiential learning approach with ample opportunity for role-plays, discussion, and case conceptualization. Participants will leave with an advanced knowledge of tangible clinical interventions and structured activities to be utilized with their clients, targeting collaboratively identified problem behaviors. 

Your very serious facilitators Lori & Keith

Your very serious facilitators Lori & Keith

30 Hr Recovery Coach Training for NYS CRPA Certification - Recovery Coaches and Peer Advocates

Register Today!  Attend this 30 hr. CCAR RCA, the gold standard for Recovery Coach Training and begin earning your way toward your Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) or Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) NYS Certifications. Apply here  for Scholarship funding to cover Training and Certification Fees! NYCA Scholarship Application.

Or, attend this workshop and simply learn how to more effectively support those in your family, school, church, neighborhood and community in their recovery journey.

People don't recover in treatment; they recover in their communities.  Become a recovery warrior and help end the stigma of addiction and shine the light on recovery!  People DO recover!  Be part of the solution!

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Certified Recovery Peer Advocate-Family (CRPA-F)

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.

Whether or not you are interested in pursuing your Certification, this training will help prepare you to be a more effective partner in a loved one’s recovery or in supporting a family in their recovery journey.

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6 Hour MAT/Medication Supported Recovery

Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Medically Supporter Recovery (MSR) can be important components of addiction treatment modalities and recovery pathways. 

This full day workshop offers recovery coaches and other peer professional designations the opportunity to understand and explore the concepts and realities of medication in support of addiction treatment and sustained recovery. Additionally this workshop provides recovery support professionals the opportunity to explore their own biases and perspectives toward this recovery pathway.