About the Recovery Coach Training

+Tell me about the Crossroads Recovery Training Curriculum

The program consists of six modules. Each module is seven weeks long and there is one week off between modules. Live class time meets once a week for two hours.

Module One: Introduction to Recovery Life Coaching This module introduces two primary coaching skills 1) listening from a strengths-based perspective, and 2) powerful questioning. We look at coaching skills through two lenses: the core competencies of the International Coach Federation along with the history, ethics and philosophy of professional life coaching; we also consider how to adapt general coaching skills to work best with people facing addiction. Mod One also introduces the concept of harm reduction.

Module Two: Effective Communication This module introduces ways to create a safe and supportive coaching relationship through careful use of language, and introduces the third primary skill of coaching, reflection, and how to use it effectively with our recovery clients. We explore healthy and unhealthy patterns of relating to self and others and look at alternatives to the Drama Triangle. Mod Two also includes a lesson on codependency. At the end of this module student receive their first of three Observed Coaching Sessions and receive both verbal and written feedback on their coaching proficiency.

Module Three: Coaching for Change This module introduces numerous skills for increasing awareness, self-efficacy, and motivation for change. We look at how to partner with the client to co-create positive change goals, how to keep the client moving toward successful change. Challenges with food, including Orthorexia, are explored in this module. The module ends with a lesson on conducting a "discovery session" with a new client.

Module Four: Mindfulness and Relapse Prevention This module offers a variety of mindfulness techniques that help clients reduce stress, solve problems, and build coping skills that help prevent relapse. We also look at the relationship between addiction and co-occurring mental health challenges such as ADHD and PTSD etc. In this module we teach in depth how to coach internal parts. The second Observed Coaching session is the last class in this module.

Module Five: Client Management This module is about client management and creating a coach's plan to facilitate learning and results, and how to support a client in making a detailed and effective change plan. We explore what keeps clients from changing, how to deal with resistance, then look at under-earning as an example of money challenges faced by people in recovery. The third Observed Coaching session is the last class in this module.

Module Six: Self-management for the Coach The last module starts with "Final Projects", a live professional quality presentation from each student. Next, we look at techniques for how the coach can manage their own stress during coaching sessions. We explore sex addiction, why it is a growing epidemic and how to coach it. The penultimate class explores life purpose, then the next week we celebrate and honor each student during our graduation ceremony with a diploma and certificate that states they are a Crossroads Certified Recovery Coach.

+What are Crossroad Recovery Coaching's learning goals for it's students?

Our goals for our students include the following:

  • Learning the principles of life coaching including partnership, utilizing client strengths, and client’s choice regarding agenda
  • Mastering ICF coaching skills and becoming adept at applying them during live coaching sessions.
  • Learning to meet their clients where they are, co-creating the coaching partnership, developing goals and stategies to meet strategic goals.
  • Finding and developing a unique signature presence as a coach
  • As they learn, applying their learning first to themselves, then practicing with a colleague, then to their clients.
  • Our grads become ICF credentialed coaches
  • Our grads make a good living as coaches
  • Our grads effectively serve recovery clients and have the knowledge to work effectively as professional member of a treatment team.

+How is the program delivered?

We meet live over the phone (or via Skype, etc.) for two hours each week for a total of 86 hours. Written lessons are available to students in a dedicated section on out website and there is a class forum for posting fieldwork, sharing ideas, and asking questions.

The first hour is devoted to questions and discussion about that week's subject, the related ICF core competency, and the coaching skill set. The second hour is live mentored coaching practice. Students coach each other on their own life challenges, or role play scenarios related to addiction recovery, or coach a guest client.

+How many total hours are spent in live class sessions?

We provide a total of 84 student contact hours live over the phone. Grads receive credit for 14 self-study hours as well.

+Other trainings are much shorter. Yours takes longer. Why?

Yes, it takes about a year to complete the whole program. Our training takes longer because we go much deeper into coaching skills and addiction thant other trainings. We are also approved by the International Coach Federation for 100 hour of coach specific training which includes 14 hours of self-study. We meet the ICF standards for professional coaching while focusing specifically on addiction recovery. In addition to basic coach training we teach you about sex addiction, food addition, harm reduction, co–occurring disorders and more. Our training include addiction best practices such as Motivational Interviewing. Ours program is an in–depth and comprehensive coach training program. We believe it is the best Recovery Coaching training program available anywhere in the world.

+In what language is the program taught?

The program is taught in English and all class materials are in English. Facility in understanding, speaking and writing in English is needed.

+I'm curious about becoming a Recovery Coach but not sure what type of training to get. The information is confusing. Is there more than one type?

Yes, and it is important to understand the difference before you invest your money. Currently there are two separate and distinct types of services called “Recovery Coaching” both designed to help with addiction. There is the original form of Recovery Coaching, started by life coach Alida Schuyler MS, PCC, which uses life and business coaching skills to support those facing addictions.

The other kind was briefly called “Recovery Coaching” by the writer William White but is more properly called a Peer Recovery Support Specialist (P-RSS). To avoid confusion, White has dropped the term "recovery coach" and now refers to peer support and P-RSSs. These two forms of support are quite different both in training and in what they can help with.

There is much variation in the training's of P-RSSs. Some learn appropriate responses to crises such as domestic violence, or homelessness. At this time wach state has its own criteria for P-RSS trainings.Those who want to work as P-RSS should see what their state recommends.

Professional Recovery Coaches are different from P-RSSs because there are standards set by the International Coach Federation (ICF) that apply in the U.S.A. Our coaches are trained in the ICF core and addiction best practices such as Motivational Interviewing. Our grads have very have solid coaching skills and understanding of addiction, they are spot on solid at communication and enhancing successful change. Our coaches can not only help you find local recourses, but can also help you build your business, enjoy self-esteem, finish your PhD, or find a good sponsor!

+What can I expect as a student?

Well, it’s an intense program. Our training requires ongoing effort and a level of stability. You will get lots of support from the trainers and your classmates, and from being coached in class or in the Coaching Circle. In terms of academic effort, there is a 10-12 page written lesson to read each week, a book to read and a short book report to write each 7-week module. There is a fieldwork assigment for each lesson that requires you to coach someone outside of class. You also get lots of coaching practice and feedback in class. You will build deep connections with your classmates, and see how coaching helps your life move forward. More than anything, our grads tell us that the training changed their life-- improved their relationships with friends and family and their relationship with themselves-- and the training changed the way they see addiction and recovery.

+Is this training approved by the ICF?

Yes. Our program is approved for 100 hours of coach specific training by the International Coach Federation. You can find us on the ICF website as an ACSTH school. That stands for "Approved Coach Specific Training hours" and the 100 hours is sufficient to apply for an ACC credential. If you already have taken an ICF approved coach training, you can use our hours as continuing education hours.

+Why should I take your training? Why chose Crossroads?

Well, our training is the best available. Seriously, if you really want to work with people in recovery or or help people with active addictions, this is the place to be. At Crossroads you will be taught a comprehensive set of coaching skills and addiction best practices that have been tailored for life and business coaching and to your specific needs. Our grads are some of the highest paid coaches in the industry. They are pioneers in coaching Family Recovery, Sex Addiction, Food Addictions etc. You will have a solid basis of understanding of coaching and addiction from which to launch your career. If you really want to be a first rate professional Recovery Coach come to Crossroads.

+What if I want to take a single module?

If you want continuing education hours you are welcome to take a single module. If you want to be a credentialed coach you will need to take the whole training.

+What will I get when I graduate from your training program?

You will get a diploma, and a certificate stating that your are a Crossroads Certified Recovery Coach. You will know you have been very well trained, both in terms of your coaching skills and your facility & expertise in working with clients dealing with addictions. You will have experienced extensive personal growth and insight that will help you with your own life. Your enhanced communication and motivation skills will help those close to you as well as your client. Crossroads grads can list their coaching practice on our website.

Program Prerequisites

+What requirements must I meet to enter Crossroads Recovery Training program?

Requirements for entering the program: Facility in understanding, speaking and writing in English; interest in coaching and addiction recovery; interest in experiencing personal growth; social skills, ability to get along with classmates, instructors, and clients.

Who this is training for

+Who are the intended participants for this program?

We are looking for people who want to work as professional coaches to support people facing addiction. We want you to be able to earn a living as a coach and use your eduction in clinical practice. We welcome those who have professional backgrounds and those who don't. We welcome those who have personal experience with addictions and those who don't. Our program attracts people from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests and we prepare them to work as addiction professionals.

+I’m an addiction professional already, so how Recovery Coaching is going to fit in with what I already know?

Most addiction counselors are trained to work with acute episodes of addiction in a treatment setting. But the tide is changing as we move to a medical model for treating addiction. The cutting edge is about long-term recovery support, about community support, and about AA alternatives. Its no longer enough to provide acute care and 12-step facilitation, support must go beyond stabilization. People want long-term support that helps them build rewarding lives in recovery. That is what Recovery Coaches do. We help make recovery worth it.

“At first I wasn’t sure I was interested in Recovery Coaching training because I wasn’t sure what Recovery Coaching was. I thought I might be hanging out with celebrities or taking people to treatment. But Recovery Life Coaching isn’t like that. In Recovery Coaching my relationship with the client is very clear. It’s a simple one to one relationship. There are no outsiders that have their own expectations. It’s me helping my clients get support with what is important to them. I like that the client takes the lead in their own work. I don’t need to be an expert on every addiction topic or issue but instead I’m the expert in helping my clients get clarity about what’s important to them, in supporting them to take action, and in holding them accountable for what they say they want. Instead of telling my clients what we are going to cover I ask them what they want to talk about. Now they are coming with topics to coach about I can see that coaching adds a new dimension to my addiction counseling practice. My busy clients like the flexibility of Recovery Coaching. They can have their session over the phone or come see me face to face. I recommend the Crossroads Recovery Coaching training for other chemical dependency counselors or addiction professionals.” — Paul Lubben LICDCD.

+I’m interested, but are you sure that I can make a living as a professional Recovery Coach?

That’s a good question. I can tell you that there is a big shift happening across the country in favor of recovery support. That means there is an increasing demand for professional Recovery Coaches. As a grad you can work with persons leaving treatment, aftercare or step–down programs, or with family members. You can earn more money working in alliance with cutting edge treatment centers, court systems, aftercare programs.

You can also work privately with clients leaving treatment, with those in relapse, with family members, or with clients who prefer harm reduction; or work as a life or business coach with those who already in recovery who want move ahead in life. You can create a specialty niche for yourself within Recovery Coaching. Each graduate of Crossroads can list their coaching practice on our website.

"When I retired I wanted to do more with recovery and the Crossroads training seemed like a good fit. In it I learned concrete ways to work with people who are struggling with addictions and expanded my coaching skills. I was also introduced to a number of new things, like harm reduction and Kegan and Lahey. It’s been several years since I took the training and I still use approaches I learned there. I enjoy being part of an ongoing community of professional Recovery Coaches. I recommend the training." — Anonymous

+What if I am already an ICF credentialed coach, or a peer recovery coach, or an addiction counselor, or a licensed therapist? Do I need to take the whole training?

Yes, we have everyone go through the whole Crossroads training. If you do already have coach training your hours will work as continuing education for you or toward RCI credentialing. Our training is available people in recovery, to chemical dependency counselors and other addiction professionals, to sponsors, folks in recovery, and to ICF trained coaches who want to make Recovery Coaching their niche.

"I’ve been working full time as a professional coach for several years so I wasn’t sure I wanted to take another coach training, but I have been pleasantly surprised. I love the content. I am being introduced to many new things that reinforce what I already know about coaching while giving me new skills to coach people in recovery. The materials are really good and user friendly. I also like the format of spending the first hour on the lesson and the second hour coaching practice. Alida Schuyler is an excellent writer and teacher. I recommend this training." — Barb McAllister, Bainbridge Island, WA

Payment policies

+What are my payment options?

There are currently three payment options as follows:

A) Full tuition paid up front = $4700- USD; that’s $4600*- for the training and $100 for registration paid at time of enrollment.

Please note that options B & C include 5% interest.

B) Tuition by the module = $805.00 USD. First payment of $905.00 includes $100- registration fee and is paid at time of enrollment, then the 5 remaining payments of $805.00* are debited between modules (i.e. every other month).

C) Tuition by the month = $402.50 First payment of $502.50 is paid at time of enrollment, then the 11 remaining payments of $402.50* are debited monthly

During your interview we can discuss which payment option would be best for you and your budget. Email Tina Robinson at tinamaureen67@gmail.com to arrange a time to be interviewed.

+What are the refund/withdrawal policies?

We think you will like the program, but if you don’t and want to drop out you may be covered by our “Savvy Student Guarantee” described below:

The Savvy Student Guarantee: Crossroads believe students who do their part get more from the training so our guarantee goes like this:

  • if you have attended at least five classes in Module One
  • if you have turned in at least five fieldwork assignments in Module One
  • if you have turned in your book report and assessment, and you still aren't satisfied you can drop out at the end of Mod One and pay only for the single mod and registration fee. If you have paid in full we will refund tuition for Mods 2-6, minus the registration fee and any merchant fees incurred in receiving your payment.

Additional information from our enrollment form:

Binding Contract: If there are 20 or more days before the start of the training, I will have 48 hours after returning this contract to opt out of my financial agreement, but after that time I am fully responsible for the entire tuition. If understand that if I do opt out, Crossroads will deducts banking fees, (e.g. credit card merchant fees we incurred receiving and returning your funds) from the tuition we return.

Refunds: I understand that I can opt out of the training without penalty at the end of the first module if I have met the conditions in the “Savvy Student Guarantee.” After the first module, I understand that tuition is absolutely nonrefundable, and I will have to continue to make monthly payments even if I don’t attend.

+What if my life changes and I can’t continue with my class?

We know things happen and will always try to make it possible for you to continue and graduate. If you are in your first module you may be covered by our “Savvy Student Guarantee.” If not you may be able to join another class that meets at a more convenient time. Or leave for a few months and start back up at a later time. What you cannot do is drop out without paying your tuition in full. We will do our part to help you graduate!

Application Process

+Hey, it sounds great. I want to sign up.

Great! We are taking names now to be interviewed for the next Recovery Coaching Certification Training. Enrollment requires a personal interview to see if the program is a good fit for you. If we each agree that the Crossroads training is right for you, we'll send you an enrollment form to complete and return with your payment. Class size is limited so email Tina Robinson today arrange an interview.

+I'm in Sydney; which section should I be in?

You will need to take a class that meets in the afternoon or evening in the USA so it is morning for you. Look for a training that meets 6-8 pm Eastern, 3-5 p.m. Pacific. If one is not currently offered at the time you need, please get in touch-- we will create a list and offer it as soon as there is a cohort.

+I'm in London; which section should I be in?

You will need to take a class that meets in the morning in the USA Pacific time so it is evening for you. Look for one that meets at 9-11 or 10-noon Pacific Time. I

+Tell me about the application process- what is it like?

The first step is to email Tina Robinson to schedule an interview. If that goes well, you'll talk with one of our trainers and sent an enrollment form. We favor students who want to become professional Recovery Coaches and make a significant contribution to addiction recovery through coaching.


+Why does it matter if a coach is credentialed?

It matters because anyone can call himself or herself a Recovery Coach but that doesn’t mean they have been trained in coaching skills. For instance, some peer recovery support specialists call themselves Recovery Coaches because they have learned Motivational Interviewing. So it gets confusing. Our training takes eighty-six hours (it includes Motivational Interviewing and lots more) and our grads can be credentialed by the International Coach Federation.

+Tell me a bit more about credentialing options.

You should know that if you currently hold an ICF credential and graduate from our program, or hold a license in chemical dependency counseling, or have taken you the academic course work to be a chemical dependency, you can apply directly to RCI for your credential, without further testing and be credentialed at whatever level you hold with the ICF. RCI has three levels of credentialing (ARLC, PRLC, and MPLC) that correspond the ACC, PCC, or MCC levels. You can also apply our training hours to ICF continuing education.

+Will I be an ICF or RCI credentialed coach at the end of the training?

You will meet the requirements of the International Coach Federation at the 60-hour level and can apply for your Associate Certified Coach (ACC) via the portfolio process. This is done directly with the ICF by going to www.coachfederation.org. You will also meet the anticipated coach training requirements of Recovery Coaches International at the 80-hour certification level and can apply for the Associate Recovery Life Coach credential- once RCI begins offering them.