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The PA Certification Board announced in April 2017 changes to the requirements for individuals to acheive the CRS credential. To be eligible for the credentail, individuals must be in recovery from a substance use condition, and must attest to having continuous lived recovery experience for a minimum of 18 months. Please see the link to the CRS Application below for more information.
From the Updated PCB CRS Application: The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) credential is for drug and alcohol peers in recovery who have been trained to help others move into and through the recovery process. As a CRS, an individual accepts and agrees that his/her experience as a person in recovery from a substance use condition will be known by their colleagues, persons served, and others with whom he/she may share that they have achieved this credential. Additionally, a CRS will follow the Code of Ethical Conduct outlined in this application. A person with lived experience must attest that he/she has personal, lived recovery experience in a continuous manner for a minimum of 18 months to be eligible for the CRS credential.
The Council is proud to offer a 54 hour training package designed to meet the educational requirements to qualify for the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) Credential - a credential that recognizes the work of recovering individuals in the provision of recovery support services in assisting others in accessing and sustaining recovery from Substance Use Disorders.
Although there is a long history of peers helping peers in recovery, the CRS credential is a relatively new version of this practice.
Understanding the requirements of certification as well as the role of the CRS in practice is crucial before committing to training.
Understand the Credential Requirements: Please note that The Council is the education provider only. Training is only one part of preparations to become a successful CRS. Participants must meet all other requirements before becoming certified. For full information, see the PA Certification Board's page on Credentials at www.pacertboard.org/certifications under Peer Support.
Learn about the Role: Various documents describe the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective provider of peer support services. The PCB CRS Job Task Analysis and SAMHSA's Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services are two examples.
Try it Out: There are many opportunities to provide peer recovery support services as a volunteer to see what it's all about and if it's a good fit for you. Although not required for certification, hours of practical hands-on experience builds your skills and gives you an advantage for future employment. Check out our PRO-ACT Volunteer Opportunities page!
Not only was The Council the first to offer the required 54 hours of training in a convenient and cohesive package, but it backs up its training with real-world experience. Council staff have years of extensive experience providing peer-based recovery support services and our staff and volunteers were among the first in PA to achieve CRS certification. You will benefit from the expertise gained through years of experience in designing and delivering CRS and other recovery-oriented services. Training modules are delivered by a diverse group of staff members, giving you various perspectives on the CRS role.
We offer CRS Training to fit various schedules, including a 2 week intensive format and a Saturday option.
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