Development of a Recovery Coaching Program Within a Community Setting.

Room – Herald Doll Room, February 21st, 2023, 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Hyatt Regency Centre, Calgary Alberta

Speaker – Steve Gaspar, Dr. Ray Baker, and Kyle Young Pine

Recovery Capital Conference

Session Description

Recovery Coaches Alberta (RCA) is a new initiative providing, at no cost, recovery coaching and training to any Albertan (18+) in active addiction or any stage of recovery. Exploring the evolution of the program including how recovery coaches are developed and evaluated, and how to effectively engage community members, RCA will present preliminary data and discuss the successes and challenges of this initiative including recovery coaching within First Nations communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role of the recovery coach
  • Understand how to develop competent and confident coaches. Including evaluation of a coach’s skill and a discussion of whether organizations should have staff recovery coaches.
  • Understand how to effectively engage with community members and organizations. Including First Nations communities
  • Provide initial clarity for potential, measurable, outcomes for recovery coaching


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a $600 CACCF Value