Texas Family Recovery Coaching
Today, there is a glaring gap in family recovery support in Texas, which Family Recovery Coaches (also called "Family Recovery Specialists") can help fill. To that end, RecoveryPeople is developing the Family Recovery Specialist curriculum and endorsement credential.
Addiction is a family disease that stresses the stability, health and wellness of the family, yet family members have not benefited from the 21st century recovery movement in the same way that peers have. In addition to supporting a loved one’s recovery, family members can experience their own process of change, improving their own health and wellness, living a self-directed life, and striving to reach their full potential. Where as Peer Recovery Specialists use their lived experience and specialized training to supports peers, Family Recovery Specialists can do the same for family members.
If you are a family member in recovery who wants to help support other families and/or help define the family support role in Texas, apply for an upcoming training!
To be eligible for the training, you must be:
- Be 18 years old or older,
- Have a minimum education level of a high school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency e.g GED.
- Have had a personal recovery experience as a result of a loved one’s substance use issues,
- Willing to publicly identify as a family member in recovery
- Submit a Statement of Lived Experience, describing:
- How long you have considered yourself in family recovery,
- What family recovery means to you,
- What resources you have accessed or systems you navigated, and
- How you have used that experience to support others.
- Submit a Letter of Reference, describing how you:
- Reflect recovery principles,
- Have supported other families,
- Have practiced self-care and
- Have maintained healthy boundaries with other families.
Note: Letters may not be from family members
Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) has approved a RecoveryPeople proposal to establish a Family Recovery Specialist endorsement on top of the Peer Recovery Specialist credential. This reflects a strategy that other states have implemented. The cost of establishing a separate FRS credential is cost prohibitive. The PRS-FRS approach offers the best solution.
Step 1: Complete classroom hours
46-hour Core Curriculum
Just as recovery is built on strengths, the Family Recovery Coach training can be built on the State of Texas’ Peer Recovery Coach curriculum, which meets the requirement for the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) and the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium's (IC&RC’s) Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) credential. While we will initially use the Peer Recovery Coach curriculum, the goal is to adapt the peer curriculum and establish a Family Recovery Coach curriculum that is family focused. In either case, the 46 hours includes:
- 40 class room hours, which are typically taught in 5 days.
- 6 pre-assignment "homework" hours, which is self paced.
Register for the core training by completing the application below.
16-hour Family Recovery Specialist Endorsement training
In addition to the core curriculum, family members must complete a 16-hour Family Recovery Specialist (FPS) endorsement training aimed at improving their ability to support family recovery.
Family members are currently helping develop this curriculum. To contribute to this endorsement training, contact us.
Step 2: Complete Experiential Training and Knowledge Assessment
Document 25 Supervision Hours
In the context of peer and family support services, "supervision" can be a bit of a misnomer. It is a term borrowed from behavioral health professionals and it refers to ongoing skills development and role support. Supervision helps reinforce the scope of the peer and family support role and helps navigate ethical boundaries that may arise. Contract your training to develop a plan for documenting your supervision hours.
RecoveryPeople will virtual provide family recovery specialist supervision to those who have completed the Family Recovery Coach core and endorsement trainings.
- Where can I find the form to document my Supervision Hours? See the TCBAP application.
Document 500 Field Experience Hours
Classroom learning has its limitations. Skills development is primarily learned through doing. As per TCBAP requirements, participant will be required to practice and document their Family Recovery Specialist field experience. Moreover, they are encouraged to share their success and problem solve their challenges during group supervision. This enhances group learning.
- Does previous experience count towards my 500 hours? Yes, if they are within the last 10 years and they fall within TCBAPs designed domains. Activity within the context of a 12 Step (e.g. Al anon) fellowship may not count towards field experience, if you believe that would ethically violate a 12 Step Tradition. work You may use previous experience towards the 500 field experience hours.
- Is there a sample letter I can use to document my 500 hours? Yes. Click here to download a sample letter.
Pass Knowledge Assessment / Exam
Take and pass a computer-based exam:
- Register for the exam
- Once approved, TCBAP will pre-register you for the computer based exam with ISO Quality Testing.
- ISO Quality Testing will email you instructions with information on how to pick the day, time, and location
- Once pre-registered you will be notified by ISO Quality Testing and you will be eligible to test for a 60 day window.
- Can I take the exam immediately after completing the 46-hour training? Yes.
- Is there there practice exam or study guide available? Yes. Although Texas has not developed one, you may find these helpful
Step 3: Submit your application to TCBAP
- Where can I find TCBAP's application for a Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS)? Here it is.
- What paperwork do I need to submit with my application?
- The application form, which includes the signed code of ethics
- GED or diploma or transcript
- Letter documenting your 500 hours of field experience
- Signed supervision log, documenting 25 hours
- Certificate of Completion of the 46-hour hours. You will receive this from your training, after your trainer gets the paperwork back from the State of Texas.
Through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, RecoveryPeople is able to cover tuition costs (training and supervision) to 3 classes of up to 20 students each in 2018. Students will only be responsible for travel costs.
In the future, RecoveryPeople will designated trainers across the state, who will make the trainings available for a fee. We will continue to seek grant to provide Family Recovery Coach training scholarships.
Austin Area - July 20, 21, 22 and 28 and 29 2018
San Antonio Area - August 20 through 24, 2018
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Help another family in recovery.
Help pioneer the family support role.
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