Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches

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Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches


CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches


Ethics trainings are not all created equal.  Recovery Coaches need an understanding of ethics that differs from those of clinicians due to their unique role while guiding someone through their own recovery process.

Recovery coaching as a peer-to-peer recovery support services has grown exponentially over the past few years. The issue of ethical considerations has been discussed in many circles yet formal training has been lacking for recovery coaches. This 16 hour training addresses this critical need. Based on the widely used Ethical Guidelines for the Delivery of Peer-based Recovery Support Services by William White and PRO-ACT (2007), we designed this training to help coaches, and anyone else working in the peer role, to understand how critical it is to be ethically responsible.  Using presentations, small group work, and role play  to address many areas including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement and legal issues.  This course will help Recovery Coaches maintain good boundaries when serving others. 

Participants who complete this training will:

  • Understand what ethics are and why ethics are so important when performing Recovery Coach Services

  • Learn how to stay in your lane as a recovery coach

  • Understand the decision making process

  • Develop guidelines for making ethical decisions

  • Apply the new learning to your every day work as a RC

This 16 hour Ethics Training is credited toward the 46hr training requirements for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist credential, offered by the Addiction Professional Certification Board-NJ. If you have already completed the 30hr CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, you can take this course and meet all of the classroom training requirements for the state credential.

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Woodbridge Health Department

2 George Frederick Plaza

Woodbridge, NJ

Nov. 23 & 24, 2019-Sat. & Sun.

9:00am-6:00pm, both days


If you have any questions about this training, please complete the form on our Contact page or send an email to No refunds are available, funds will be applied to a future training hosted by Mainstream Recovery.