InnerStart Training & Education
Recovery Coach Academy

Become a
Recovery Coach

Recovery Coach Training

Become part of a network of skilled recovery coaches seeking to support individuals in addressing their problems with substance use. Gain the necessary knowledge to help others in our 6-week program.

What is a Recovery Coach?

Recovery Coaches provide strengths-based, solutions-focused support for people who have experienced problems due to substance use or addiction and for people who have been affected by others' addiction. Recovery Coaches are often but not always experts by experience who have received specialized Recovery Coach training to perform specific roles.

They are connectors, forming empathic relationships with potential clients, and instilling hope as they use affirmative inquiry and motivational interviewing to encourage them to assertively link with available addiction and recovery services. These services include harm reduction, assessment, stabilization, medical treatments, mental health professionals, various modalities of addiction treatment and the community of recovery.

Recovery coaches help clients overcome barriers, fill gaps in the system of care, encourage client autonomy, and serve as community connectors through relationships with people from resources that support well-being.

Recovery coaches do not diagnose, counsel, treat or sponsor their clients. They are not associated with any particular modality of treatment or type of recovery. Like other forms of coaching, Recovery Coaching involves creating and holding a secure space where the client may evaluate assets and strengths, envision solutions and co-create realistic and attainable goals.

Program Overview


Live virtual on Zoom

Homework, quizzes and community exercises between classroom sessions


Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

7am – 9am PST

6 weeks


Training streams include Recovery Coach Training

Training Costs

$1,750 Recovery Coach


Steve Gaspar
Dr. Ray Baker
Joanna Schofield

Recovery Coach Training & RC Facilitator Training


Our program is lead by a diverse faculty of facilitators from across Canada who have received extensive training in this curriculum, including facilitation support by Recovery Medicine and Recovery Coaching specialist Dr Ray Baker, MD.


Recovery Coaching Knowledge and Skills (45 CACCF CE credits)
Trainer materials adapted from the: UBC Faculty of Medicine Health Educator Training.

RC Trainees Receive

  • Recovery Coaching Knowledge and Skills manual
  • Certificate of Completion:
    45-hour Recovery Coach Training


Participation is contingent upon an admission interview for suitability.

Training Schedule

Classes will be live, virtual on Zoom – Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays (7am – 9am PDT) for 6 weeks (18 sessions)

Homework, weekly quizzes and community exercises will occur between classroom sessions.

Community of Excellence

Participants who successfully complete the training:

  • will have access to unlimited continuing peer supervision
  • will have met part of the requirements for CARE Recovery Coach accreditation

RC Training Cost


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About InnerStart

InnerStart Training & Education has been a registered post-secondary education institution for over 10 years, providing some of the best recovery-oriented care instruction to students wanting to make an impact.

About Recovery Medicine Publishing

Recovery Medicine is intended to showcase excellence and promising developments in the science, clinical practices, and community resources that promote and enhance recovery from addiction.

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