Anchor offers regular trainings for those looking to further their development as a peer recovery specialist and in other areas of recovery education.

Recovery Coaching Academy

The next ‘Recovery Coach Academy’ trainings will run from August 19th – August 23rd.  

The Anchor Recovery Community Center ‘Recovery Coach Academy’ has been a long-standing leader in helping to equip individuals with the skills and competency needed to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Anchor has trained hundreds of individuals in Rhode Island, many of whom are the leading recovery specialists in the state.

Our training academy uses the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) curriculum for peer recovery specialist training. CCAR is a neighboring leader in peer recovery training. The CCAR model for peer recovery training is an evidence-based and time-tested model for offering peer support. This model is designed to provide an up-to-date approach to helping those in recovery from addiction.

Anchor Recovery Community Center has shared training methods for peer specialists with other communities nationwide to help broaden others’ access to recovery support.

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Although Anchor Recovery provides training for peer recovery specialists, Rhode Island state certification must be done through the State Certification Board of Rhode Island. To learn more about becoming a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS), please follow the link below.

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Anchor Consulting

Training and Consulting Services to Support Your Recovery Organization’s Goals

In Rhode Island, Anchor’s work has become the state’s model for recovery support services due to its successful implementation, steady growth and strong outcomes. To assist colleagues around the country to develop these valuable services, Anchor has developed a program of training and consulting services. Our expertise can help you take your ideas on how to build a bustling center of resources and support for people in recovery from the drawing board to reality.

“We had a fantastic visit!  The only thing that would have made it better is a second day.  Thank you for all your help and spending time with us.”

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Option 1: Intro to Building Peer-Based Recovery Supports

Free 20 minute phone call*

Learn about Anchor Recovery Community Center, the first program of its kind in Rhode Island.  We will provide an overview of Anchor’s services and provide helpful tips on how to get your program off the ground.

Option 2: Building a Recovery-Focused Community

3-hour site visit or 3-hour phone consultation*

Anchor Recovery Community Center is more than just a location.  In this session, learn how Anchor grew from a single location to a model implemented throughout Rhode Island that includes physical locations, outreach in high-need communities, and collaborations with hospital emergency departments statewide. Visit Anchor for a glimpse into a successfully run recovery center.

Option 3: Implementing Your Recovery Center

One-day site visit to Anchor* 

Now that you’ve made the decision to embark on building a recovery community center, Anchor has the tools that can help you along the way.  We’ll share our best practices and hands-on tools that make a recovery center’s day-to-day operations run smoothly:

  • Policies and procedures

  • Data collection tools

You will be provided with a full operations manual with supporting forms and documents.  After your visit you will also have the option of scheduling two hours of telephone follow-up.

Option 4: Responding to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

5-hour site visit plus 2-hour follow-up or 5-hours telephone support*

In Rhode Island, as in many states, deaths as a result of opioid overdose now greatly outnumber those caused by car accidents. Our AnchorED program dispatches specially trained recovery coaches to emergency departments statewide to respond to overdose survivors.  We’ll share our experiences and guidance on creating a program like this in your community, including:

  • Training for recovery coaches

  • Developing a collaborative relationship with hospitals

  • Collecting and reporting data

Option 5: Successfully Training a Peer Workforce

Anchor has facilitated numerous CCAR curriculum Recovery Coach Academy trainings for people with lived experience in recovery so that they may better support others in their recovery. Several sessions of this Academy are scheduled each year.

Group discount is available. If you’re interested in Anchor Consulting Services, please contact Director, Deb Dettor at (401) 721-5104.

Ethics Course

In Rhode Island, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is required to have completed ‘ethics training’. As such, Anchor offers a periodic ethics course to help further the development of local recovery specialists. The number of hours of ‘ethics training’ are required as follows:

  • Sixteen (16) hours of ethics for first time peer recovery specialist certification
  • Six (6) hours of ethics for recertification of a pre-existing peer recovery specialist certification

To sign up for the Recovery Coach Academy or the Ethics Course, please fill out our Training Form.

Other training opportunities are often available; please check our calendar periodically to keep updated!