This training is for professionals who are interested in applying for the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) and/or the Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) 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 - 113
Private
Angela Grannas -
Harrisburg Community College - HACC York Campus
Harrisburg Area Community College Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 111
Private
Erich Curnow -
Gateway Rehab Corporate Headquarters 311 Rouser Rd. Moon Township, PA 15008
Beaver County Behavioral Health Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 125
Private
Frederick Shue -
Delaware County Emergency Services - 350 Middletown Rd., Lima, PA 19063
The Council of Southeast PA / PRO-ACT Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 129
Private
Katrin Fieser -
Butler County Career Link 112 Hollywood Drive, Butler, PA 16001
Penn State University/Tri-County Workforce Investment Board Inc. Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 127
Private
Keith Elders -
CareerLink Pittsburgh - Downtown
Sponsored by Partner4Work via ARC INSPIRE; Facilitated by Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 103
Private
Patricia Baranowski -
Courthouse Annex, 300 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Inc., Cameron, Elk, McKean SCA Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 128
Private
John Fabiseski -
Change on Main 1830 Main Street Northampton Pa 18067
Pyramid Healthcare Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 72
Private
Katrin Fieser -
Penn State University Beaver Campus 100 University Drive Monaca, PA 15061
Penn State University Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 120
Private
Keith Elders -
CHAPS - 944 Liberty St. Meadville, PA 16335
Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 115
Private
Brad Schweitzer -
Reading Area Community College
Sponsored by Reading Area Community College/Facilitated by Behavioral Health Education Services, LLC Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 123
Private
Patricia Baranowski -
Blair County Drug and Alcohol, 3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona, PA 06602
Facilitated by PRO-A; Hosted by Blair County Drug and Alcohol Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 97
Public
Karen Laboranti -
Scranton, PA
Laboranti Training & Consulting Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 106
Public
Brad Schweitzer -
West Lawn United Methodist Church - 15 Woodside Ave, West Lawn PA 19609
Behavioral Health Education Services, LLC Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 116
Private
Donald Altemus -
Villanova University 800 E. Lancaster Avenue Villanova PA 19085
Villanova University Enroll
Recovery Specialist - 124
Private
Keith Elders -
FAVOR - Western PA 736 Lincoln St. Bolivar, PA 15923
Hosted by Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Facilitated by Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 104
Public
Beatriz Messina -
Northampton Community College 511 E 3rd St., Bethlehem
Northampton Community College Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 118
Private
Brad Schweitzer -
The Rise Center - 702 N. 8th St, Reading, PA
Hosted by The Council On Chemical Abuse/Facilitated by Behavioral Health Education Services/ Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.
Recovery Specialist - 119
Private
Angela Grannas -
1 HACC Drive Harrisburg, PA
Harrisburg Area Community College Enroll
A password is required to enroll in this class.