Students Train to be Recovery Coaches

Students Train to be Recovery Coaches
Posted on 10/10/2019
KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. -- Young people want to make a difference in their communities, but sometimes they face situations they may not know how to handle.
That’s why Jefferson County Schools (JCS) has partnered with GRaCE (Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment) to bring the WV Recovery Coach/Life Coach Academy to students.
About 40 high school students signed up to participate in the series of courses that will take place on Wednesdays in October.
Marti Steiner, Vice President of GRaCE and lead facilitator for the academy, said students who complete the course will receive three free credits at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College,  obtain a life coach certificate, and be nationally recognized by Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR).
Steiner said CCAR has a curriculum for recovery coaches that has been in use for more than twenty years.
“We use their curriculum, and they are the forerunners of recovery coaching.”
Students are learning how to identify issues their peers may be facing and then point them in the right direction.
“Help the person we’re working with, whether it’s a life coach or a recovery coach, discover ‘what are the resources that they need?’” Steiner said.
The free course is open to students at Washington and Jefferson High Schools and will take place on Wednesdays through Oct. 30, 2019.

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