This training is for professionals who are interested in applying for the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS), the Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) and/or the Certified Recovery Specialist Supervisor (CRSS) through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). While most concepts apply to both certifications, there will be times where it is noted/called out for differences/additions. The main purpose of certification is public protection: to ensure individuals are not harmed in any way while receiving recovery support services. Once certified, Recovery Specialists are held to a Code of Ethics. While the credential is active, the Code must always be adhered to – even if the Recovery Specialist is no longer providing recovery support services.  
 

The Role of the Recovery Specialist

The Recovery Specialist is an individual with personal, lived experience of their own recovery. By offering insight into the recovery process, Recovery Specialists are able to share a unique perspective with those with similar life experiences. Recovery Specialists accept and agree that their experience as a person in recovery from a substance use disorder will be known by their colleagues, individuals served, and others with whom they may share that they have achieved this credential. The Recovery Specialist is a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator. Recovery Specialists advocate for the individual, the recovery system, recovery-oriented services and assist to identify and reduce stigma. Recovery Specialists advocate to eliminate barriers, increase natural supports and build community. Services provided by the Recovery Specialist substantially improve an individual’s and family’s ability to sustain recovery and wellness. 

 

Training Overview 
  1. 78 instructional hours; including 66 in class hours and 12 hours of homework. Introductions, ice-breakers, breaks, etc. do not count towards the 78 hours.
  2. Learners are provided a Learner Manual prior to the training. Approved trainers will coordinate this process.
  3. This training is designed to prepare Recovery Specialists for work in the behavioral health field. 
Technology Requirements
  1. Be comfortable with computers, computer application and other technology
  2. Ability to complete online homework (12 hours)
  3. Laptop or desktop device. Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones cannot be used. 
Class Expectations
  1. Attend all scheduled training days.
  2. Learners must coordinate make-up classes and homework with the trainer.
  3. All requirements must be completed in order to receive a certificate of completion for education hours.
  4. Be EARLY.
  5. Respect confidentiality.
  6. Avoid judgement and respect individual differences.
  7. Respect all pathways to recovery.
  8. Understand that this is a learning environment and not a support group or therapy.
  9. Listen carefully.
  10. Stay focused.
Class Instructor Date / Location Organization Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 148
Private
Frederick Shue
fshue@councilsepa.org
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Philadelphia Recovery Training Center, 520 N. Columbus Blvd Ste 203, Philadelphia, PA 19123
The Council of Southeast PA / PRO-ACT Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 158
Private
Melissa Groden
mgroden@councilsepa.org
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Philadelphia Recovery Training Center 520 N. Columbus Blvd. Ste. 203, Philadelphia, PA 19123
PRO-ACT Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 135
Private
Brad Schweitzer
bheducationservices@gmail.com
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West Lawn United Methodist Church - 15 Woodside Ave, West Lawn PA 19609
Behavioral Health Education Services, LLC Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 150
Private
Flyer
Keith Elders
keithpapsc@gmail.com
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PA CareerLink - Pittsburgh - 914 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Sponsored by Partner4Work via ARC INSPIRE; Facilitated by Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 151
Private
Angela Grannas
aj8081@yahoo.com
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1 HACC Drive Harrisburg, PA
Harrisburg Area Community College Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 153
Private
Donald Altemus
don@recoveryeducator.com
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Villanova University 800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova PA 19085
Villanova University Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 155
Private
Katrin Fieser
katrinschall@rocketmail.com
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Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
Penn State Fayette Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 145
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center in Port Allegany, PA
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Workforce Solutions and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Service, Inc. Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 140
Public
Karen Laboranti
laborantitac@gmail.com
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Scranton, PA
Laboranti Training & Consulting Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 146
Private
Angela Grannas
aj8081@yahoo.com
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Penn State Extensions 181 Franklin Farm Lane Chambersburg, PA 17202
Penn State Monte Alto Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 156
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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Palmer Recovery Center, 2906 William Penn Highway Suite 101 Easton, PA 18045
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Northampton County Drug and Alcohol Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 157
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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145 Clark Bldg Rd #5, Bedford, PA 15522
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Behavioral Health Services of Somerset and Bedford Counties, Inc. and Personal Solutions Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 147
Private
Brad Schweitzer
bheducationservices@gmail.com
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The Rise Center - 702 N. 8th St, Reading, PA
Facilitated by Behavioral Health Education Services/Hosted by The Council On Chemical Abuse Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 154
Private
Katrin Fieser
katrinschall@rocketmail.com
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Penn State University Beaver Campus 100 University Drive Monaca, PA 15061
Penn State Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 149
Private
Frederick Shue
fshue@councilsepa.org
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Philadelphia Recovery Training Center, 520 N. Columbus Blvd Ste 203, Philadelphia, PA 19123
The Council of Southeast PA / PRO-ACT Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 159
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona, PA 16602
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Blair County Drug and Alcohol Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 141
Public
Karen Laboranti
laborantitac@gmail.com
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Scranton, PA
Laboranti Training & Consulting Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 152
Private
Angela Grannas
aj8081@yahoo.com
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Harrisburg Community College - HACC York Campus
Harrisburg Area Community College Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.