Become a Family Recovery Coach
Sign up and log into an account in order to access the Family Recovery Coach (aka Family Recovery Specialist) orientation and application. If you meet the eligibility requirements, we will connect you to upcoming trainings and online resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Addiction has a profound and lasting effect on family units. Family Recovery Coaches are a critical healing link specially trained in educating and supporting those who have been impacted by the addition of a family member.
In addition to supporting a loved one’s recovery, family members can experience their own process of change and personal improvement. Family Recovery Coaches help impacted family members to improve their own health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and reach their own full potential.
To be eligible for the training, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Have had a personal recovery experience as a result of a loved one’s substance use issues
- Be 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
- 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
- Have maintained healthy boundaries with other families
Note: Letters must be personally authored
Step 1: Complete classroom hours
46-hour Core Curriculum
Just as recovery is built on strengths, the Family Recovery Coach training is 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. The 46 hours includes:
- 40 class room hours, which are typically taught in 5 days.
- 6 pre-assignment "homework" hours, which is self paced.
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
Supervision refers to ongoing skills development and role support. It helps reinforce the scope of the peer and family support role and helps navigate ethical boundaries that may arise.
RecoveryPeople will virtually provide family recovery specialist supervision to those who have completed the Family Recovery Coach core and endorsement trainings.
Document 500 Field Experience Hours
As per TCBAP requirements, participants are 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.
Previous experience could be counted toward your 500 hours! Experience within the last 10 years that falls within TCBAPs designed domains may be eligible. 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.
- Click here to download a sample letter that you can use to document your 500 hours.
Pass Knowledge Assessment / Exam
Once you've completed the 46 hour training, 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.
- The state of Texas has not developed a study guide, but you may find these helpful:
Step 3: Submit your application to TCBAP
Download the application and submit it along with:
- 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 2019. 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.