Anchor Recovery Training Academy

Anchor Recovery is a national leader in Peer to Peer service. Our training hopes to further the development of peer recovery specialists across the country by offering the core classes needed to begin the journey. Anchor Recovery also offers training for those who have completed the core classes, and now look to further their education.

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Contact: Michelle Harter
P: (401) 889-5782


Frequently Asked Questions


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I want to become a recovery coach, where do I start?

Start by applying for the Integrated Peer Recovery and Mental Health training. While you are doing that we recommend finding a place to volunteer. After you complete the Peer Training, you are eligible to take the Ethics training. After taking both the Peer Training, and Ethics training start collecting your 500 hours. Once you complete both the training and your 500 hours you can sit for the CPRS test.

I applied for training but haven't heard back, was I accepted?

Usually 2-3 weeks before the training we will reach out to you for an interview via phone, or email.

Is training free?

Yes! There may be a small fee for the supplies.

Our Training

Apply For Your CPRS (Certified Peer Recovery Specialist)

Are you ready to get started on your Certified Peer Recovery Specialist training? 

CPRS Application

Recovery Coaching and Professionalism Training

The 2021 "Recovery Coaching and Professionalism" trainings will be held on:

  • January, 5th - 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

12 CEUs – 12 Contact Hours over 2 days

Anchor Recovery Training Academy is dedicated to  supporting the recovery movement, so we utilize the CART training curriculum.  Coaches are able to regularly refine their craft of actively listening, asking good questions and managing their own stuff. Because of these high standards of excellence for our training programs and expectations of what we feel make good Recovery Coaches, we are constantly asked to help agencies looking to employ trained Recovery Coaches. However, the landscape of where those roles are available has changed. Typically you’d find Recovery Coaches at your local recovery community centers, but now we are seeing a greater need for skilled coaches to work in other professional settings, such as hospitals, treatment facilities, police stations and court systems. In response to the demand, CART has developed what we think will be a highly utilized and sought after training program for Recovery Coaches looking to work or are working within professional settings.

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Ethics Trainings

The 2021 "Ethics Trainings" will be held virtually through Zoom on:

  • 2/22-2/23

  • 6/10-6/11

  • 8/12-8/13

  • 11/11-11/12

16 CEUs – 16 Contact Hours over 2 days

Recovery coaching as a peer-to-peer recovery support services has grown exponentially over the past few years. The issue of ethical considerations has been discussed in many circles yet formal training has been lacking for recovery coaches. This 16 hour training addresses this critical need. Based on the widely used Ethical Guidelines for the Delivery of Peer-based Recovery Support Services by William White and PRO-ACT (2007), we designed this training to help coaches, and anyone else working in the peer role, to understand how critical it is to be ethically responsible. Using presentations, small group work, and role-play to address many areas including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement, and legal issues. This year we have added an additional half-day of training, to allow for more opportunities to practice using relevant scenarios coaches may face on a daily basis.

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Integrated Peer Recovery and Mental Health Training

The 2021 'Integrated Peer Recovery and Mental Health Training' will be held virtually through Zoom from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday on the dates listed below: 

46 CEU’s – 46 Contact Hours over multiple days/nights

  • 4/21-4/30 Online

  • 4/29 – 5/15 – in person

  • 5/12 – 5/21 – online

  • 7/21-7/30

  • 10/20-10/29

The Anchor Recovery Community Centers’ “Recovery Coach Academy” is now known as the “Integrated Peer Recovery and Mental Health Training”.  Our trainings have been long-standing leaders in providing individuals with the skills, competency, and foundational principles needed to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS).  Anchor Recovery has trained hundreds of individuals in Rhode Island, many of whom are the leading recovery specialists in the State.

The Integrated Peer Recovery and Mental Health Training is the core training to begin your path to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.  It was designed and developed by BRSS TACS and leaders in the Rhode Island recovery network.  This model is designed to provide an up-to-date approach to assisting those in recovery from addiction and mental health challenges.  Anchor Recovery Community Centers have shared training methods for peer specialists with other communities state-wide and nationally to help broaden other’s access to recovery.

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Lunch & Learn

Includes: One Hour –  Over Zoom, or In person where available. 

You should always want your staff to know more, even when if you aren’t in the recovery field. Let us know what you might want and we’ll speak with your staff over zoom or in person over lunch. Some ideas for your lunch and learn may include:

  • Sharing Your Story
  • Multiple Pathways
  • Being a truth teller

See below for an example:

Training Team

Please feel free to reach out to us during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so we can continue supporting your training needs.

Aimee Haupt
Training Coordinator
Gary Saint Laurent
Technical and Internships Manager
Rachel Ferrara
Data Manager
Michelle Harter
Training Manager

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