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Professional Recovery Coach

Addiction is a pervasive problem in society and there are many approaches that have been developed to achieve sobriety and long-term recovery. One of the more successful approaches is the use of Professional Recovery Coaches. Learn the dynamics of a strengths-based system for changing addictive behavior through a process of reconnecting to one's joyful identity and work toward helping others overcome and break the cycle of addiction.

In this course you will learn the effects of addiction on the brain and discover the foundational role that joy plays in recovery as you see how lasting, joyful connections are vital to the recovery process. You will also learn the role of the Professional Recovery Coach along with the desired skills, traits and competencies needed for success in the coaching relationship. This course will show you the tools to use to elicit client motivation and help clients to correct discrepancies in their thinking and beliefs. This course will also review special issues in working with families as well as ethical issues that are commonly addressed in Professional Recovery Coaching. This course is certified by the IAPRC (International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches) and provides CEUs through the NET Training Institute.

The Continuing Education Units are recognized by NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals) and the IC&RC (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium).


This is a knowledge based course. Students receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this 60-hour course. This course is offered through the IAPRC (International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches) and provides Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the NET Training Institute. CEUs are recognized by NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals) and the IC&RC (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium). These courses may be applied toward Professional Certification through the IAPRC.

The Continuing Education Units are recognized by NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals) and the IC&RC (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium).

6 Months / 60 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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George Mason University

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES178

What You Will Learn
  • Describe the effects of addiction on the brain's right hemispheric control center, as well as the skills and abilities the brain loses in addiction
  • Explain how the brain shares joy nonverbally, learns the skills of joy and quiet and grows capacity
  • Identify cravings, BEEPS and the process by which the brain is hijacked in addiction
  • Define what Recovery Coaching is and is not according to ethical standards
  • Utilize strengths-based and solution-based questions to move clients from ambivalence to change
  • Identify ways to build trust in the client/coach relationship
  • Understand how a coach's level of empathy can significantly impact client outcomes.
  • Learn to apply Cognitive Behavior Theory and Cognitive Restructuring when disputing faulty thinking.
  • Learn to recognize relapse triggers and co-create relapse prevention plans.
  • Follow ethical standards of conduct and review legally required documentation for providing coaching services
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 60 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Become confident working with clients who may have addictive or codependent behaviors.
  • Train in Professional Coach Competencies and Best Practices.
  • Use a proven, flexible system designed to help people experience and apply the most useful knowledge and skills in their next steps toward personal transformation.
  • Help people achieve their life's goals and dreams while also thriving in sobriety.
  • Prepare for a career as a Personal Recovery Coach


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  1. Neuroscience of Joyful Recovery
    1. Introduction to Brain, Addiction, Recovery & Joy
    2. Addiction, The Brain, T-Rex & Recovery
    3. Discovering My Brain's Emotional and Relational Control
    4. Understanding the 4-Level Control Center
    5. How does the Control Center Learn?
    6. Understanding Capacity and Shalom
    7. Relational Circuit Failure, Cravings and BEEPS (Relapse Triggers)
    8. The Story of Low Joy Airlines
    9. Joy Buckets, Recovery Support and Assessments
    10. Quieting My Breath and Body
    11. Learning to Recognize and Describe Appreciation Moments
    12. Monitoring and Restoring Relational Circuits
  2. Professional Recovery Coach Competencies Part 1
    1. Recovery Coaching Overview
    2. Strengths-Based Recovery Coaching
    3. Whole Life Recovery, Five Life Elements and Recovery Capital
    4. What Coaching is and is not, Recovery Coach Traits
    5. Coach Skills and Competencies
    6. Establishing the Coaching Relationship
    7. Recovery Coach Competencies
    8. Motivation to Change
    9. Establishing Trust
    10. Stages of Change, Change Talk & Elicit Change Questions
    11. Motivational Interviewing
    12. Solution focused questions
    13. Development of Motivational Interviewing
    14. Foundational Processes and what matters in M.I.
    15. Quantum Change
    16. Types of Change, values before and after change
    17. How Q.C. and M.I. flow together
  3. Professional Recovery Coach Competencies Part 2
    1. Right Thinking in Recovery
    2. Cognitive Restructuring, Cognitive Distortions, Negative Mindsets
    3. Self-Talk Analysis, consequences and logic
    4. Anger Management: principles, triggers, internal & external obstacles
    5. Boundaries and Relapse
    6. Coaching teens and their families
    7. Enabling, Acceptance and Reclaiming Power
    8. Setting Boundaries
    9. Communication, Fear and Enmeshment
    10. Common Relapse Triggers
    11. Relapse Prevention Plans
    12. Coaching Families and Legal Issues
    13. Transcultural Awareness and Personal Bias
    14. Establishing Cultural Relationships
    15. First Sessions
    16. Orientation and First Session, Defining the Relationship
    17. Questions that Identify Problems and Reveal Answers

Instructors & Support

Jean LaCour

Jean LaCour, Ph.D., is a Certified Prevention Professional, author, and a trainer with extensive experience in the addiction recovery field. She is the co-founder of the NET Training Institute Center for Addiction and Recovery Education, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation offering online training in addiction counseling, peer specialist support, and recovery support services.




Basic computer skills are required.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

This course has been approved by INAOPS, the International Association of Peer Supporters and may be accepted by State Certification Boards that provide credentials for Recovery Peer Specialists or Peer Supporters. You should check with your State Certification Boards for more information on Certification.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

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About Certification

International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC)

The International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC) provides leadership in the field of Professional Recovery Coaching worldwide in order to enhance the quality of life and health for individuals, families and communities.