Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway© DIGITAL by TRA

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The celebrated 18-hour interactive training for people working in recovery and harm reduction support services, digitally delivered.

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Tens of thousands of people are trained as peer recovery coaches; many now work in a rapidly growing and changing Peer Recovery Support Services field across a wide variety of service settings. Several of the key tenets in peer recovery coaching are: ‘Meet people where they are at’; ‘You are in recovery when you say you are’; and ‘There are many pathways to recovery’. Still, harm reduction as pathway to and of recovery from addiction remains widely misunderstood. Abstinence- based pathways have for decades dominated the helping services of addiction recovery. Recovery coaches may struggle with coaching a harm reduction pathway for many reasons, including: Lack of understanding about harm reduction; personal, institutional, and cultural bias; and/or lack of exposure to people achieving recovery outcomes through nontraditional means.

Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway comes just in time for a new phase in recovery coaching development alongside a swelling harm reduction movement across North America. A handful of leaders in both the peer recovery supports and harm reduction movements collaborated to bring this curriculum to its current form. RCHRP utilizes adult learning theory concepts and modalities to address knowledge, attitudes, practices, access to resources, and coaching skills. As this training explores sensitive topics, its design and delivery are highly trauma-informed. Each class becomes a safe place for self-examination and practice from the outset.

Read about RCHRP in Filter Mag and at thelemiregroup.com/rchrp-info.


Participants will be able to:

  • Define harm reduction as a practice and as a social movement
  • Examine one’s beliefs and values around a harm reduction pathway of recovery
  • Compare and contrast principles of harm reduction and recovery coaching
  • Define and locate opportunities for improving a Recovery-Oriented System of Care that serves People Who Use Drugs
  • Discuss advocacy and practices around social justice issues as part of harm reduction
  • Practice newly acquired knowledge and skills supporting a harm reduction pathway of recovery
  • Develop a personal action plan for further development of harm reduction recovery coaching skills


Five 3-hour sessions and 2.5 hours of self-paced learning activities. Each session includes a fifteen-minute break. Session dates/times are:

  • Saturday, 3/13/21: 4:00pm - 7:00pm EST (1:00pm - 4:00pm PST)
  • Sunday, 3/14/21: 4:00pm - 7:00pm EST (1:00pm - 4:00pm PST)
  • Saturday, 3/20/21: 4:00pm - 7:00pm EST (1:00pm - 4:00pm PST)
  • Sunday, 3/21/21: 4:00pm - 7:00pm EST (1:00pm - 4:00pm PST)
  • Saturday, 3/27/21: 4:00pm - 7:00pm EST (1:00pm - 4:00pm PST)


Active or prospective peer recovery support specialists; Recovery Community Organization personnel; harm reduction services personnel; recovery housing service providers; substance use disorder treatment providers; medical and psychiatric services providers; peers and family members in recovery.


Completion of a recognized 30-46-hour recovery coaching fundamentals training, such as the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, is strongly suggested but not required.


Shortly after you register, you will receive an invitation to the first Zoom session including instructions for joining by video and phone. You will be able to participate in real time throughout the training with trainers and other participants as part of large and small groups. Feel free to pick a fun background in Zoom!

Note: Though you will receive a new invite via Zoom for each day of the training, you will only need to pay for the training once upon registering here.


Zoom provides some basic instructions for using its videoconferencing platform, and here are some of them: You can join the Zoom meeting by simply clicking the link provided to you upon registering. You may choose to call into one of the phone numbers provided for audio or just use your computer's audio system. We suggest using a computer to be able to see people and the presentation clearly, and to do your best to secure a private space with limited noise/distractions. You will need to click "start video" in the lower left corner of your Zoom window upon entering the training. You'll be muted upon entering but you can hold down the space bar on your computer to speak.


Your registration includes a mailed physical copy of the training manual, as well as an emailed digital version. Please provide an accurate mailing address during registration.


A signed certificate reflecting 18 contact hours across multiple peer recovery support specialist IC&RC domains are awarded upon completion of this training and the participants' submission of an evaluation. This training is pre-approved by the New York Certification Board.


Refunds requested up to seven days prior to the first training day will be paid in full. Later requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Jim Wuelfing is owner and principle associate of the New England Center, dedicated to exceptional training, facilitation and consulting services for nearly 40 years. In the recovery supports arena he has been a major contributor in the design and delivery of several curricula including the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches, as well as SOS Developing Excellence in Recovery Coaching and Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway. He has aided in the formation of several statewide recovery community organizations and has served on the board of the Massachusetts Organization of Addiction Recovery. Jim also has a decades-long experience working on social justice issues focusing on racial inequities and understanding the dynamics of power and privilege. He co-wrote with Arthur Woodard, Jr. the nationally well-received training Racism of the Well-Intended, and Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway© with Dean LeMire in 2019.

Michael Galipeau served in the United States Army in 2002 as a Patriot Missile F/C Operations/Maintenance Specialist, 14E. He enlisted in the regular army to serve on active duty, stationed at Ft Bliss, Tx. Michael Galipeau received a fully honorable medical discharge during wartime service. Notably, members of his unit were among the first casualties and POWs of the Iraq war. Upon returning home, Michael continued his path of service, becoming qualified as a non-commissioned officer with the Texas Department of Security in 2003. During the intervening years, Michael was fortunate to have his first experience of recovery in Willimantic, Ct, at the time the very first CCAR recovery community center was opened, from which the national peer recovery movement itself was born.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Rhode Island College where he was Vice President of the Social Work Organization, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Michael served as the program evaluations expert on recovery residence from 2017-2019 under contract with the SSA in Rhode Island. Michael was the chief engineer of the statewide compliance evaluations procedure and administered statewide program evaluations for quality standards for recovery residence under the NARR standard during this time. In March of 2018, Michael worked as a consultant on the development of a training initiative for the American Pharmacists’ Association to develop training procedures and protocol to begin offering over the counter harm reduction services, and to develop workforce readiness for this new scope of practice. This initiative was ultimately highly successful and led to the release of numerous public statements from major pharmaceutical companies, including CVS and Walgreens, who were incorporating new behavioral health screening and substance use awareness into the workforce training protocol.

Michael served on the Governor’s Task Force for Overdose Prevention, Harm Reduction workgroup from 2017-2019. By 2018, Michael was the author of new legislation that was signed into law on July 1st, HB8132. This legislation made Rhode Island the first state in the country to recognize broad legal protections for drug testing supplies, covering their distribution and possession, as well as drug checking services, with broad criminal and civil protections, creating an entirely new sector of public health programming. He then worked as a consultant for the Department of Health to deliver on such programming, and to use public funding to purchase testing supplies, which were then distributed statewide to service providers. Michael wrote about this work, which was later published in the Harm Reduction Journal, and presented on this topic at the 2019 International Harm Reduction Conference, titled ‘The Intersectionality of Harm Reduction, Recovery, and Drug Policy.’ Following the release of this publication Michael became one of the contributing authors of a national training for recovery coaches called Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway©. This training program was created by highly acclaimed scholars of the recovery and treatment world, notably Jim Wuelfing of the Recovery Coach Academy, William White, senior researcher for NAADAC and Chestnut Health Systems, and Tom Hill, former Director of Faces and Voices of Recovery. Michael is a core trainer for the Harm Reduction Pathway, and a certified trainer of the Recovery Coach Academy.

Michael Galipeau is currently serving as the recovery advocate for the Behavioral and Community Health Department in Dutchess County, NY. Michael works both inside and outside of the prison system, supporting people in recovery. Michael is also a member of Mobilize Recovery, a national Facebook leadership program in partnership with Faces and Voices of Recovery. Michael is currently serving as a New York state lead for the Recovery Advocacy Project, and as a national consultant with the Urban Survivors Union.

More info about this training at: thelemiregroup.com/rchrp-info

Training Contact: Michael Galipeau, michgalipeau@gmail.com

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