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Recovery Coaching: Key Competencies to Facilitate Pathways of Recovery

Presented by Ray Baker, M.D., FCFP, FASAM, ABAM

Friday, April 21, 2023  |  Richmond, bc

Date & Location

Friday, April 21, 2023 – Friday, April 21, 2023

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Ray Baker MD, FCFP, FASAM, is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, faculty of medicine. In 2022 he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine for his work as an educator, consultant and clinician. After training as a recovery coach and recovery coach trainer in Connecticut, he developed an expanded recovery coaching training curriculum that has been used to train over a hundred coaches in BC and Alberta. In November 2022, he published Recovery Coaching Knowledge and Skills, a training manual. This workshop includes essential elements from his recovery coach training curriculum and critical information for therapists, clinicians, counsellors or people interested in learning more about recovery coaching.

This intensive 6-hour workshop will review the roles and competencies of recovery coaches, distinguishing them from the distinct and complementary roles of treatment providers, therapists, system navigators and mutual support group peer mentors or sponsors. We explore the unique characteristics of clients with substance use disorders, some suffering from the effects of trauma or marginalization and techniques to create the conditions necessary for them to establish sustained recovery. We explore the concept of Recovery Capital, its measurement using simple instruments, and its many uses for clinicians, coaches and clients. Finally, we examine essential boundary skills, rules and regulations and ethical considerations for recovery coaches and those who employ their services.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Morning Session 1: From Addiction to Sustained Recovery: What needs to happen?

  • Important neurobiology of addiction and recovery
  • Pathways to recovery: tasks and types of treatments
  • Mutual support groups: the science and their usefulness

Morning Session 2: The Science and Practices of Recovery

  • Definitions, stages and tasks of recovery
  • The many and varied pathways of recovery
  • Trauma and recovery
  • Recovery capital: measurement and uses
  • Global health and recovery

Afternoon Session 1:  Making the transition to Recovery-Oriented Care

  • Research findings from people in recovery
  • Gaps and barriers in the system of care
  • Range of community-based recovery services
  • Recovery Coaches: definitions, roles
  • Recovery coaching Theory and science
  • Recovery coach tasks, competencies, principles

Afternoon Session 2:  Recovery Coaching In Action

  • Recovery Coach boundaries, role-clarity and code of ethics
  • Trauma-informed recovery coaching
  • Using appreciative inquiry and motivational interviewing in Recovery Coaching
  • Conducting a coaching session: The Dance – generative moments for co-creating SMART goals Building networks of community recovery-supportive resources
  • Recovery Coaches Alberta: when recovery coaching becomes part of healthcare
  • Educating and training Recovery Coaches

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the unique cognitive, emotional and behavioural traits of clients with substance use disorders that may require a modified coaching approach
  • Define and describe recovery as an objective outcome
  • Explore the stages and tasks of long-term recovery from substance use disorders and addiction
  • Explain the meaning of the acronyms CHIME, PERMA, and OARS and their application to clients with histories of addiction, trauma and marginalization
  • Use the Brief Assessment of Recovery Capital Instrument as a tool for motivation, reinforcement and for progress self-evaluation by the client
  • Apply a 5-step model for conducting a recovery coaching session
  • Discuss the importance of boundary skills and how they relate to the Recovery Coach Code of Ethics and “staying in your lane.”
  • Demonstrate appreciative inquiry and/or motivational interviewing techniques in a brief role-playing exercise
  • Describe the concept of assertive linkage to community recovery resources

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)


Ray Baker, M.D, FCFP, FASAM, is a physician, certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia since 1976. For twelve years he practiced occupational medicine and family medicine in Logan Lake, a small BC mining community. He is the recipient of the CSAM Lifetime Achievement Award.

As Assistant Professor, Dr. Baker designed and instituted the first comprehensive Addiction Medicine Curriculum at UBC’s Medical School. From 1993 to 1997 he represented Canada on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, North America’s credentialling body in this specialized area of medicine.

Dr. Baker served as principal author for the British Columbia standards of practice in Addiction Medicine, adopted as policy by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.

Ray has served as principal investigator on a major research project for the World Health Organization and in several stage 2 to stage 4 clinical trials investigating experimental treatments for smoking cessation, cocaine dependence, obesity and chronic back pain.

Dr. Baker has assessed or treated several thousand people with chronic pain, addictions and other invisible disabilities over the past 10 years. He has testified in provincial and Supreme court, arbitration and disciplinary hearings as an expert witness in areas of Addiction Medicine (medical, neurobiological, pharmacological, psychological and social effects of mood altering substances), chronic pain and the other invisible disabilities on numerous occasions.

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Please state you would like to book under the “Jack Hirose & Associates” block when booking your room to receive our group room rate.

Plaza/Courtyard room: $239.00 per night plus tax
One bedroom condo suite: $289.00 per night plus tax
Two bedroom condo suite: $339.00 per night plus tax


When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $269 $289
Group 3-7 $254 $274
Group 8-14 $239 $259
Group 15+ $224 $244
Full-Time Student $224 $244

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 7, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Friday, April 7, 2023.

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