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 - 116
Private
Flyer
Donald Altemus
don@recoveryeducator.com
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Villanova University 800 E. Lancaster Avenue Villanova PA 19085
Villanova University Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 132
Private
Frederick Shue
fshue@councilsepa.org
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Montgomery County Recovery Community Center (MCRCC) - 601 DeKalb St., Suite 1, Norristown, PA 19401
The Council of Southeast PA / PRO-ACT Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 142
Private
Mary Murphy
mmurphy@luzerne.edu
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Luzerne County Community College -Scranton Satellite
Luzerne County Community College and The Wright Center Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 119
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 - 136
Private
Flyer
Frederick Shue
fshue@councilsepa.org
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Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center (SBRCC) - 1286 Veterans Hwy, Suite D-6 Bristol, PA 19007
The Council of Southeast PA / PRO-ACT Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 137
Private
Flyer
Frederick Shue
fshue@councilsepa.org
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4459 W. Swamp Rd. Doylestown, PA 18902
The Council of Southeast PA / PRO-ACT Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 143
Public
Sherry Clouser
sclouser8163@gmail.com
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1337 East Market Street, York, PA 17403
JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Service Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 110
Private
Katrin Fieser
katrinschall@rocketmail.com
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Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
Penn State Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 144
Public
Sherry Clouser
sclouser8163@gmail.com
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300 Market Street, Lemoyne, PA 17043
JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Service Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 138
Private
Flyer
Frederick Shue
fshue@councilsepa.org
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Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center (SBRCC) - 1286 Veterans Hwy, Suite D-6 Bristol, PA 19007
Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 139
Private
Flyer
Keith Elders
keithpapsc@gmail.com
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PA CareerLink Indiana County - 300 Indian Springs Rd. Indiana, PA 15701
Sponsored by Tri-County Workforce Investment Board; Facilitated by Q&A Training and Consulting, Inc. 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 - 140
Public
Karen Laboranti
laborantitac@gmail.com
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Scranton, PA
Laboranti Training & Consulting Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 141
Public
Karen Laboranti
laborantitac@gmail.com
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Scranton, PA
Laboranti Training & Consulting Enroll