Recovery Coaching Workshop

Dr. Ray Baker

September 13th  Round Room

Abstract: Recovery coaching, the most important element in recovery oriented care requires a unique set of competencies delivered by trained paraprofessionals. This session will review required attitudes, knowledge and skills 


Describe the steps and stages of early recovery Discuss motivational Interviewing 

Demonstrate Recovery Mutual Support Group Facilitation techniques

Outline Behavioural problem solving Developing and negotiating a behavioural plan

Explain Boundary setting, dealing with counter transference and codependence, staying healthy as a care provider 

Describe ongoing supervision, oversight: support, accountability and clinical training for Recovery Coaches

References: CCAR, Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, Recovery Coach Academy, Training of Trainers Manual
Reif, S., Braude, L., Lyman, D.R., Dougherty, R.H., Daniels, A.S., Ghose, S.S., Salim, O. & Delphin-Rittman, M.E. (2014). Peer recovery support for individuals with substance use disorders: Assessing the evidence, Psychiatric Services, 65, 853-861.
White, W. L. (2010). Non-clinical addiction recovery support services: History, rationale, models, potentials, and pitfalls. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 28, 256-272.
White, W. L. (2009). Peer-based addiction recovery support: History, theory, practice, and scientific evaluation. Chicago, IL: Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center and Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services.


Ray worked as a family doctor before he specialized in Addiction Medicine in 1986. At the University of British Columbia Medical School he developed and directed the Addiction Medicine curriculum from 1990-95. He wrote a chapter on Alcoholism for Conn’s Current Therapy. On behalf of the Railway Association of Canada he developed the medical rules for safety critical Canadian railway workers with substance use disorders. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Addictive Diseases. Recently Dr. Baker served on a national expert committee for the Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse designing and analyzing Canada’s national Life in Recovery Survey. He is in the process of researching and writing a book on recovery-oriented addiction medicine. He is a person in long-term recovery from addiction for 32 years. Ray and his life partner, Agnes have 2 adult children two one-year old twin grandchildren.

Recovery Capital Conference – Toronto 

September 13th and 14th, 2018

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 Recovery Capital Conference of Canada – Toronto Conference Centre

The Carlu
444 Yonge Street, 7th floor
Toronto ON M5B2H4