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Developing Excellence in Recovery Coaching©

Developing Excellence in Recovery Coachi

Author: Jim Wuelfing​

Owner: SOS Recovery Community Org

Length: Two days (12 training hours)

Training of Trainers: Available

Flyer: [under development]

Cost & Budget Sheet: download here​


New England region



About This Training

Recovery Coaches who have completed foundational trainings and have begun to deliver services often find that other basic competencies are missing. This two-day training addresses key topics and skills for further development as identified by the award-winning SOS Recovery Community Organization, including:  Active listening; asking good questions; managing one's own recovery issues; trauma-informed recovery coaching; appropriate self-disclosure; navigating the First Five Sessions with a recoveree.


Participants will ...

  • Self-assess coaching skills

  • Discuss and practice active listening and asking good questions

  • List and discuss several tasks to be accomplished in the first five sessions with a recoveree

  • Discuss appropriate storytelling and self-disclosure

  • List several components of trauma informed coaching

  • Develop personal goals to improve coaching skills.


Completion of a recognized 30-46-hour recovery coaching fundamentals training, such as CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, is strongly suggested.


Active or prospective peer recovery coaches; Recovery Community Organization personnel.


Jim Wuelfing is owner and principle associate of the New England Center, dedicated to exceptional training, facilitation and consulting services for nearly 40 years. In the recovery supports arena he has been a major contributor in the design and delivery of several curricula including the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches, as well as Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway. He has aided in the formation of several statewide recovery community organizations and has served on the board of the Massachusetts Organization of Addiction Recovery. Jim also has a decades long experience working on social justice issues focusing on racial inequities and understanding the dynamics of power and privilege. He co-wrote with Arthur Woodard, Jr. the nationally well-received training Racism of the Well-Intended.


Dean LeMire is owner and principle associate of The LeMire Group, LC, a recovery services consulting and training agency based in Austin, Texas. In his various roles across the substance use disorder continuum of care Dean has facilitated expansion of improved, person-centered, and community-based service delivery. In New Hampshire Dean was instrumental in forming a statewide network of Recovery Community Organizations, as well as a statewide network of harm reduction service programs as a founding board member of the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition and as co-founder of Hand Up Health Services, a multi-county syringe services program. Dean has trained recovery coaches since 2015 and co-developed Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway© with Jim Wuelfing in 2019.



Photos: DERC training at Communities for Recovery, Austin, TX, April 2019.

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