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Recovery Coach  

The next Recovery Coach program is being planned for September - November, 2021. More information will be available soon but please call 413-572-8033 with any questions.

Every aspect of the Addiction Recovery Coach Certificate (ARCC) Program is set up to give individuals the knowledge and skills required to be a recovery coach. The ARCC program is based in part on the nationally recognized Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)'s Recovery Coach Academy. It is also based on the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC) requirements through the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (MBSACC.) The Recovery Coach Program offers individuals an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills by providing the necessary education, tools, and resources needed to become an effective recovery coach.

The Recovery Coach Program is a 66-hour training program offered over the course of 11 weeks from 8:30am - 3:30pm on Saturdays. The content of the program has been accredited by the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification for CARC requirements.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number: M01HP31281, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for $552,613. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Program Director: Linda Sarage,

Program content includes the four domains of:

•Advocacy (10 hours)
•Mentoring/Education (10 hours)
•Recovery/Wellness Support (10 hours)
•Ethical Responsibility (16 hours)

And additional training in:

•Cultural Competency (3 hours)
•Addictions 101 (5 hours)
•Mental Health (3 hours)
•Motivational Interviewing (3 hours)

Practical Training beyond this course is required for certification. MBSACC CARC Certification requires an additional 500 hours of supervised paid or volunteer work experience specific to the domains of advocacy, mentoring/education, recovery/wellness support, and ethical responsibility. 35 of these hours specific to the domains must be supervised by an organization’s documented and qualified supervisory staff per job description. This person must be a trained Recovery Coach and/or have completed the Recovery Coach Supervision Training or related experience. These 500 hours are NOT part of the ARCC program.

Admission Application Checklist

•Completed application
•Narrative statement
•Signed Attendance Policy (Will be made available when Fall 2021 schedule is finalized)
•Official transcripts from highest level of education attained - College, High School, or GED scores

Important Links

Application for ARCC program
Application Instructions
ARCC Program Content


All application materials can be sent to the following address:

Westfield State University
Recovery Coach Program
333 Western Avenue
Westfield, MA 01085

If you have any questions about the application process, contact Brandon Fredette at (413) 572-8033 or