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How to become a Recovery Coach Supervisor

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How to become a Recovery Coach Supervisor

Any good team needs a leader, even in positions you may not expect. Recovery coaching and sober coaching are jobs usually associated with independence and for good reason. They’re often remote roles with plenty of available flexibility and other freedoms, but it generally depends on the choice of the coach themselves. There are plenty in the field who prefer independent work and do just that – marketing themselves and operating alone, but there is a significant chunk that does work for larger organizations. Often this may be under therapists or counselors who may not understand the recovery coaching model, goals, or structure, thus leading to miscommunication or general mismanagement. A recovery coach supervisor manages recovery coaches in a way that helps them help their clients in the most effective way possible. Anyone can attest to the fact that having a manager that knows less about their job than they do can be frustrating. A certified recovery coach supervisor knows exactly what to do when to do it, and how to do it.

    The Addictions Academy certification course covers all aspects of Recovery Coach Supervising, but it’s expected that you are trained and well-informed on the responsibilities of a recovery or sober coach before taking the course. If you aren’t already, they can provide training on their website! However, with that aside, what the certification course hammers in specifically are some of the managerial aspects that come with this role, conflict resolution, the hiring and firing process, legalities, and more.

How to Become a Recovery Coach Supervisor

Whether it be for the course, or just to list yourself as a recovery coach supervisor, unlike most coach-related professions, there are required prerequisites. The most important is that you must be a certified recovery coach. (Again, the Addictions Academy hosts their own certification course that flows smoothly into the supervisor position if needed.)

After that, it’s highly recommended that you get a certification for the profession. It’s good to know everything about recovery coaching, but being a good leader takes more than that! The Addictions Academy course teaches some valuable information that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. This includes information on case management, documentation, action plans, staff meetings, referral, communication skills, networking, and so much more.

The course is approximately 26 hours long, with 10 dedicated to the actual course,  6 dedicated to an ethics course, and 10 weeks of mentorship with a master coach.

Why You Should Be a Recovery Coach Supervisor

Recovery coaching is a quickly blossoming field, with new coaches popping up left right, and center. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, after all, it is leading to more people being helped, but it does lead to stiffer competition. Earning one’s recovery coach supervisor certification can put them ahead of the rest and capitalize on a surging field. Not only that but in theory, you would be best suited for the role, with greatly expanded management skills and experience as a recovery coach.

So, not only would the competition be less rigorous, but rather than hamper your fellow recovery coaches, you’re helping them flourish and expand their reach! A group of highly talented people can only go further with a leader at the helm.

How much does a Recovery Coach Supervisor make?

When it comes to Recovery Coaching Supervisor salary, the numbers vary depending on a few different factors. Location, experience, skills, and more. According to GlassDoor, though,  the average is around $45,000 – $50,000 a year.

“The estimated total pay for a Recovery Specialist Supervisor is $46,701 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $43,488 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $3,214 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing.”

On the higher end of things, the numbers are closer to $71,000.


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