CCB Releases Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Application

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Connecticut Certification Board, Inc.

October 23, 2014

The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium’s (IC&RC) Fall meeting was recently held in suburban Dallas, Texas with nearly 100 representatives of the organization’s 77 member boards. Some of the business conducted included elections for the positions of Vice President and Secretary, update of ethics policy to be more encompassing, review of standards for several credentials and discussion of the fiscal health of the organization. A scheduled review of the CCB’s compliance with IC&RC standards was also done, including documentation requirements, website, and overall procedures. I am glad to report that the CCB is in full compliance with all IC&RC requirements.

The most important agenda item to the CCB was the unanimous approval of our application to administer the IC&RC’s reciprocal Peer Recovery credential. Beginning on November 1, we will offer the brand new Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential to interested parties in Connecticut. Requirements for this credential include education, training, supervision and experience in the areas of Advocacy, Mentoring/Education, Recovery/Wellness Support and Ethical Responsibility, as well as agreement to adhere to the Peer Recovery Specialist Code of Ethics and successful completion of the IC&RC Peer Recovery examination. A complete listing of the specific requirements is available on the CPRS-Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Credential application. In addition to new applicants for the credential, many of those individuals who currently hold the Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential will be able to transition to the reciprocal credential smoothly. More specific information will be made available as of November 1. We feel that this credential meets the needs of the recovery oriented workforce and provides tremendous value to those who hold it.

Finally, we have had a tremendous response to the free training series which is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 31 with “21st Century Ethics.” There are very few seats available in each training, with “Alternative Medicine and Addictive Disorders” (Dr. Jaquel Patterson) and “Supporting the Sexual Health of LGBT Individuals in Early Recovery” (Dr. Juline Koken) already at full capacity. If you are interested in attending any of the available trainings, please register quickly. The course catalog is available HERE. This will be the only opportunity to attend these cutting edge trainings without the risk of registration fees. Take advantage of them now!

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