Seaway Valley Prevention Council

Recovery Coaches

Recovery Coaches are individuals with lived experience who are trained through a 30 hour Recovery Coach Academy to assist in removing barriers and obstacles to recovery and serve as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery. SVPC also requires that Recovery Coaches receive 12 hours of training in Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaching. Recovery Coaches are employed by SVPC and adhere to the Code of Ethical Conduct set forth by The New York Certification Board as well as organizational policy and procedures developed by SVPC. If you are an individual who would like to work with a Recovery Coach, please call the Peer Engagement Specialist at (315) 713-4861.

CCAR Recovery Coach Academy Training

CCAR Recovery Coach Academy focuses on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor, and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.

$200/person; scholarships available for peersin St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties

On Call Emergency Dept. Recovery Services

Recovery Coaches are available to respond to emergency departments in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties as determined by a Memorandum of Understanding between the requesting emergency department and SVPC’s Peer Engagement Specialist. Days and times for on-call services will vary based on emergency department data and need for the services. A Recovery Coach can be called ONLY if the individual presenting to the emergency department consents to such services.

CCAR Ethical considerations for Recovery Coaching

This two-day training addresses the need for formal training on Ethical Considerations that may arise in the Recovery Coach setting. Using presentations, small group work, role plan, and a decision-making matrix many areas will be addressed including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethicaldecision making, performance enhancement, and legal issues.

$100/person; scholarships available for peers in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties 

Main Functions Of A Recovery Coach

  • To use his/her personal story of recovery to inspire, provide hope, and ignite motivation.
  • To refer the individual to the Peer Engagement Specialist at SVPC for continued Recovery Coach services.
  • To educate and connect SUD individuals andfamilies to community resources regardingsubstance use treatment as well as the many pathways to recovery and resources available.
  • To connect and support SUD individuals in the emergency department through empathy, responsiveness & compassion while demonstrating a true & personal understanding of the individual’s situation and circumstances.