Council Administrative Offices | 215.345.6644 -- Information, Intervention, Recovery Support Line | 1.800.221.6333
Tuesdays 9:30am - 5:00 pm
Philadelphia Recovery Training Center
This 6 month program includes:
Applicants between the ages of 18 - 30 are preferred, but all individuals are welcome to apply.
The Supporting Youth Recovery CRS program prepares peer paraprofessionals to obtain the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) credential and to provide peer-based addiction recovery support services to youth and young adults (ages 12 – 26), and their families.
This enhanced CRS training goes far beyond the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) 78 hours CRS requirement. The standard CRS training is only one component of the Supporting Youth Recovery Program. Students receive over 100 hours of classroom instruction, including core content related to the behavioral health needs of children, youth, and families, along with seminars in professional development and skill building to enhance student employability, professionalism, and leadership. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, adolescent development, recovery and resilience planning, social media and peer support, Youth Mental Health First Aid, recovery messaging for young people, family recovery, and supporting LGBTQQI+ youth.
In addition to classroom-based training, students are required to complete an innovative 100 hours of internship, putting their knowledge into practice and gaining practical skills in providing the targeted populations with recovery support services. Internship and related activities include hours of direct provision of services through a supervised placement within a youth serving agency, planning, developing, and facilitating a youth-oriented recovery support group, professional self-assessment and development activities, advocacy in action learning projects and more.
To be considered for the certificate program, potential students participate in a competitive application and interview process in which they must demonstrate an ability to commit to the program, stability in their own recovery journey and a clear intent to work with the target population. If accepted into the program, students are awarded a full scholarship which covers all training costs and materials.
The Council operates two cohorts of about 15 students per year.
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