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.

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. 

 

Approved Instructors

 

Class Instructor Date / Location Organization Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 255
Public
Flyer
Donald Altemus
don@recoveryeducator.com
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City Team 634 Sproul Street Chester PA 19013
Facilitated by Recovery Education & Consulting, LLC - Hosted by City Team Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 233
Public
Flyer
Donald Altemus
don@recoveryeducator.com
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Reading Area Community College Kratz Hall 111 Penske Plz Reading PA 19602
Reading Area Community College Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 253
Private
Flyer
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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Corry Higher Education Council, 221 North Center Street, Corry, PA 16407
Facilitated by PRO-A, Hosted by Hamot Health Foundation and UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 258
Private
Flyer
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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AG Building, 181 Franklin Farms Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Franklin/Fulton County Drug and Alcohol Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 265
Private
Shasta Wilkinson
wilkinsonshasta@yahoo.com
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Washington Drug & Alcohol Commission 90 West Chestnut St. Ste. 310 Washington, PA 15301
AICDAC Recovery HUB and Washington County Drug & Alcohol Commission Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 276
Private
Shasta Wilkinson
wilkinsonshasta@yahoo.com
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Uptown Works 109 E. Main St. Somerset, PA 15501
Somerset SCA for Drug and Alcohol Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 272
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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Tokishi Training Conference Center, 124 NYPUM Drive Wellsboro, PA 16901
Hosted by Workforce Solutions for North Central PA; Facilitated by PRO-A Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 273
Public
Flyer
Toccarra Williams
toccarra@theworx.us
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300 Catherine Street 1st Floor McKees Rocks, Pa 15136
Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 279
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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CMSU Admin. Bldg., 5 Terrace Lane, Danville, PA
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Columbia, Montour, Snyder, Union Counties of Central Pennsylvania Service System Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 240
Public
Brad Schweitzer
bheducationservices@gmail.com
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The Rise Center - 702 N. 8th St, Reading, PA
Hosted by the Council on Chemical Abuse/Facilitated by Behavioral Health Education Services, LLC. Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 280
Public
Flyer
Keith Elders
keith@QandAtrainingandconsulting.com
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PA CareerLink - Pittsburgh - 914 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Sponsored by Partner4Work via ARC INSPIRE Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 223
Private
Katrin Fieser
katrinschall@rocketmail.com
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Penn State University Beaver Campus 100 University Drive Monaca, PA 15061
Penn State Beaver Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 264
Public
Karen Laboranti
laborantitac@gmail.com
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Scranton, PA
Laboranti Training & Consulting, LLC Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 282
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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IUP Punxsutawney Campus – The Learning Center, 1012 Winslow Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15759
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Workforce Solutions Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 278
Public
Flyer
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 - 281
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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Keystone Recovery Key Recovery Center-Brookhaven, 5000 Hilltop Drive, Brookhaven, PA 19015
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 270
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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Palmer Recovery Center, 2906 William Penn Highway, Suite 101/202, 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 - 257
Public
Donald Altemus
don@recoveryeducator.com
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Villanova University 800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova PA 19085
Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 243
Private
Angela Grannas
aj8081@yahoo.com
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Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) -York Campus
HACC Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 268
Private
Patricia Baranowski
patti.b@pro-a.org
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3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona, PA 16602
Hosted by Blair County Drug and Alcohol; Facilitated by PRO-A Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 283
Private
Katrin Fieser
katrinschall@rocketmail.com
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920 Water Street, Downtown Mall; Meadville, PA 16335
Crawford County Drug & Alcohol Executive Commission Inc. Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 277
Public
Brad Schweitzer
bheducationservices@gmail.com
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The Rise Center - 702 N. 8th St, Reading, PA
Hosted by the Council on Chemical Abuse/Facilitated by Behavioral Health Education Services, LLC. Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.