International Master Addictions Coach Certification Program  (IMAC)

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master addictions coachThe International Master Addiction Coach Certification is a 125 hour program encompassing 9 different classes and 25 weeks of clinical coaching supervision. It centers around 6 core courses and 3 electives to expand your practice and make you marketable to your ideal client market.     If you desire to be the TOP of your profession and want to add Addiction Coaching to your existing practice this is the course program for you.  You want the BEST for your clients and yourself.  The  International Master Addictions Coach Certification.  We offer 125 Education Hours and you have a full 6 months to complete the program or you may go faster or longer if you wish. Get the International Master Addictions Coaching Certification exclusively through The Addictions Academy. All of our classes will give you the tools you need to be in practice as a Master Addictions Coach or an Expert Addiction Coach. We also offer weekly supervision sessions over the course of 6 months so that you can discuss your cases and clients with a clinical supervisor and get real-world advice and answers to your questions.  Supervision by a clinical supervisor and the best top trained coaches in the world. We are the only company offering a program for coaching in the addiction arena. We offer the following classes including weekly clinical supervision to discuss your clients and cases. BOTH FORMS BOOK (TO OPEN A PRIVATE PRACTICE AND COACHING WORKBOOK ARE INCLUDED IN Full CLASS PRICE).

MODULE 1: Nationally Certified Recovery Coach  (NCRC-1) Our Recovery Coaching Training Program will assist you with all of the skills necessary to learn how to become a top-notch Recovery Coach with a National Recovery Coach Certification.  At The Addictions Coach and The Addictions Academy,  we offer a reputable program that is cost-effective and recognized in the industry. If you are a therapist you need to add this to your practice and if you are a sober companion or sober coach you need to get the proper training, legal information, ethical information and contracts to practice in this capacity as a Recovery Coach. We cover drug addiction and alcohol addiction and how to handle both. Our  Recovery Coach Training program will teach you to prepare for difficult Recovery Coach clients and various situations. You will learn Coping Skills, Life Skills, Accessing Community Supports, Relapse Prevention, Goal Setting, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Defense Mechanisms, and various techniques that can assist with Post-Acute Withdrawal.  In our Recovery Coaching Certificate Program, Passive versus Active Listening skills will be taught, ethics (HIPAA), confidentiality issues, legal roles and regulations as a Recovery Coach will be addressed and roles within the family unit explored. You will leave with a basic business model and Recovery Coaching contracts that you can use in private practice and an understanding of how to adequately market and gain clientele in your new or expanded business as a Professional Recovery Coach. We explore every area of the Recovery Coaching industry so you get the best hands on training available!  With over 18 years in the Recovery Coaching industry, our Master’s levels instructors at The Addictions Academy will prepare you to work as a Professional Recovery Coach in business for yourself or with a company. Recovery Coach Training.

MODULE 2: Nationally Certified Recovery Coaching II (NCRC-II) Once you complete Recovery Coaching Level I and want more out of your practice, our Recovery Coach Certification Level II is designed to deal with specific populations. A successful Sober Coach or Recovery Coach will need to know how to handle aggressive clients, out of control clients, clients in the Criminal Justice System and the upper elite/wealthy client.  In our Recovery Coaching II and Sober Coaching Course, all of these special topics will be covered along with handling unique and stressful family situations and how to present at functions in your recovery coach job. When to say no to a client and how to terminate the relationships will be addressed in our sober coach course.  Mental Health Issues and Personality Disorders will be discussed in our Recovery Coaching Course, with special attention on cutting and acting out behaviors. At The Addictions Academy, we will address Eating Disorders, food addictions, and Gambling this advanced recovery coach course class along with Addictive Relationships, Sex Addiction and even Couples Coaching.  How to accept new clients and tackle all the underlying issues that are not normally addressed in a traditional Recovery Coaching Course, we will be discussing and presenting them in depth and detail so you can become a recovery coach with the best recovery coaching training on the market. You will leave with tons of information. Our Recovery Coach II training is helpful for the seasoned therapist or the person just beginning a career in sober coaching. Counselors, Social Workers, Addiction Professionals, substance abuse professionals, a life coach, and anyone seeking life coach training or life recovery coach training will benefit from the second course in Recovery Coaching that we offer.  We offer a recovery coach manual that covers all the details and special attention we are paying to the needs of our clients. We include powerful business operation information for you that will assist you with recovery coach jobs or addiction treatment exploration. Nationally Certified Recovery Coach, you need the training.

MODULE 3:  Nationally Certified Family Recovery Coach (NCFRC) Our program in Family Recovery Coaching is comprehensive and will teach you, the practitioner, to be able to coach the family during their difficult times.  As much as an addict needs a coach, so does the family and there are no programs available to teach you, the practitioner, how to deal with the family dynamics.   The families of the addicts are often confused themselves about addiction and where to turn with some of the issues that are going on within the family dynamic. As a Therapist or Recovery Coach, you are trained to handle the addict but often the family is left alone to deal with their issues without help.  They are confused and not sure what to do while their loved one is in treatment to maybe actively using. Often the family has been enabling the addict so long that when the addict goes into to treatment they feel lost and confused. Sometimes they even expect the addict to come home after 28 days or so ‘cured’ and ‘fixed’, but the family dynamic never changes.  We know that is not the case, but the family does not. Now, we can offer so much more, including a Certificate Program in Family Recovery Coaching. As a Family Recovery Coach, you will be able to assist the families of the addicts that so desperately need assistance. In our Family Recovery Coaching Program,  we will explore all the family roles using Claudia Black’s work and explore the dynamic the family plays in the addict’s life and their own lives. We will cover legal issues, contracts, assessments, body language and defense mechanisms. We will cover ways the family works as a unit, and ways to coach the families in becoming more cohesive as a family unit. In our Family Recovery Coaching Classes, you will learn how to look for underlying resentments and anger towards members of the family unit and how to prepare the family unit for the addict’s return.  As a Professional Family Recovery Coach, you will learn how to deal with different personalities, educate the family on addiction, work alongside the other therapists and Recovery Coaches that are in the addict’s life and guide the family through the process. Ethics and HIPAA will be covered, Duty to Warn, Confidentiality and all forms and contracts that you would need to start a successful practice as a Family Recovery Coach will be provided. Pharmacology will also be addressed and qualifying the family will be explored. In our Family Recovery Coaching Certificate program, role play and real live scenarios will be used so that you are ready to tackle any issues or concerns as they arise.

MODULE 4: Life Coach Training (NCLC) Our Life Coach Training and Life Coach Certification is available to the addictions field as well as people not in the addiction studies industry.  At The Addictions Academy, we specialize in teaching coaching skills to all of our students. Life Coaching is at the forefront of the coaching industry and people are hiring life coaches over therapists for several issues and areas of their lives. At The Addictions Academy, our Life Coach Certification will assist you in helping clients make progress in all areas of their lives: relationships, health, career, life balance, spirituality, finances, business, school, etc. You will be valued by your clients and they will love to come and talk with you because you get results. You need a certification in life coaching. You will learn core competencies of coaching that are essential to any good coach. You will learn active versus passive listening skills, how to coach someone and how to create ethical boundaries as a professional coach. When to end the relationship and how to keep your goals and personal life separate from your client.

Module 5 and 6  you can choose from TWO of the following:

Nationally Certified Food Addictions Coach (self study)

In Food Addictions Coaching Training,  we will explain the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships with food, how to spot a hidden eating disorder, what the difference between dieting and lifestyle choices are and how to deal with all of them as they present in your client. We will cover types of eating disorders: bulimia, anorexia, orthorexia, laxative bulimia, exercise bulimia,  Personality Types of eating disorders, how to address the physical and emotional factors dealing with each variety. In our National Food Addictions Coaching Training Program, we will discuss overeating, eating as punishment, addictions to sugar, caffeine, energy drinks and rotating diets.  We will explore the term ‘stuffing’ and how it applies to situations of emotional numbing, similar to drug and alcohol addictions. We will discuss mental health issues and drug and alcohol addiction as it relates to food addiction.


Nationally Certified Relationship Coaching (self study)

Our program in relationship coaching will show professional coaches and counselors how to work with clients to break out of destructive relationship patterns and develop strong and positive relationships in their lives. Many clients feel stuck like they are doomed to repeat the same relationship patterns over and over again. In this course, you’ll get the tools and skills to help your clients change these patterns and heal the underlying emotional wounds. This approach helps clients break the cycle they’ve created for themselves.


Nationally Certified Nutrition Coach (Virtual Classroom or self study)

In our Nationally Certified Nutritional Recovery Coaching course, we will address the importance of rebuilding a relationship with wholesome foods, and the necessity of good nutrition throughout addiction recovery.

More often than not, active addicts deplete their bodies of all good nutrition by either making poor food choices or not eating at all. Pop Tarts and Hot Pockets become the food of choice in addiction. Fast, fatty, sugary foods are often eaten because they’re easy and cheap. Money is reserved for the alcohol or the drugs and food is secondary if the addict chooses to even eat. Years of drug and alcohol abuse will wreak havoc on the body. In this course, we will teach you how to eat properly, provide your body with the correct nutrients and heal your body from the inside out. Therapy and talk coaching are only part of the process. This course will identify key basic nutrition elements that will be the building blocks to proper eating.


Fitness in Recovery Certification (Virtual Classroom or Self Study)

In The Addictions Academy’s Fitness in Recovery Training Program, you will quickly find out that having another tool for people in recovery allows for greater and long-term success. With interactive learning and examples, you will see that having clients implement a routine of healthy eating habits and fitness will help them recover faster and healthier, with a less chance of relapse. This knowledge will empower you in your day-to-day interaction with clients, and in your own personal lives. You will have a real sense of competency. Training and clarifying expectations is so important. Areas to be covered will include basic nutrition, training with weights versus cardio only workouts, getting away from the known ego based fitness philosophy, integration of a spiritual based fitness routine, and tools that you can provide clients with to help them be successful in their sobriety. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to nutrition and fitness. This course will provide understanding to why a clear and concise nutrition and fitness regimen is important in the path of recovery.

In addition to the above 6 classes you also complete the following supplemental classes:  

Case Management Training

Relapse Prevention Training

and 10 hours Ethics Training

All courses have module written testing and case scenarios that must be solved to pass the courses.

How to get the credential? To get the certification through The Addictions Academy you must complete the following steps:

1. Complete the training courses (all NINE of them)

2. Complete the online examination by modules with an 80% passing grade on all modules.

3. Complete all case scenarios (by video and mock role play, submit the video for review) OR via live virtual classroom. Most show the skills and tools of coaching, including the core competencies of coaching as according to the ICF and the IAAP. A checklist will be provided per class.

4. Supervision by a qualified supervisor for 25 hours.

This is a  6 MONTH program with some of the best coaches and clinical professionals in the world.  

Call today to register for this training program. 1.800.706.0318 

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