Free Training for Recovery Coach Certification

offered in 8 locations to serve all of WV


The session in Cabell County will be July 30 – August 1, 2018 – Huntington.

Please share with your school, community and other contacts listed below as appropriate.

Recovery Coach Statewide Academies

The nonprofit Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment (GRaCE) are providing the WV Recovery Coach Academies for school personnel including Diversion and Transition, community members working with schools, parents, grand-families, law enforcement, correctional officers and veterans.  Registration and materials are FREE.  Each participant will receive a certificate as a recovery coach, 3 free college credits from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and CEs in nursing (Provider #WV1998-0231RN), school psychology and social work.  Counseling and psychology CEs are pending.  

Each Recovery Coach Academy will be Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm. 



What is A Recovery Coach?

Anyone interested in building skill sets to assist students and adults with adverse childhood experiences by removing barriers and obstacles to support their ability to be resilient and successful in life.  The training also allows the Coach to serve as a personal guide and mentor for the student/individual to be successful and overcome these past and current obstacles. Recovery Coaching is a self-directed, strengths based model that assists school personnel/community members/parents/grand-families/law enforcement/veterans to empower students/individuals with the understanding that overcoming traumatic experiences is possible.  It provides coaches with motivational interviewing and listening skills along with many other competencies to ensure today’s students/individuals are engaged and supported to be resilient and success.

A five-day training will educate individuals to be Recovery Coaches in schools and the community to have the skill set necessary to provide trauma informed care. Each participant will receive a certificate as a recovery coach at the completion of the training.  Thanks to funding and in-kind support, there is NO registration fee to school personnel including Diversion and Transition, community members working with schools, parents, grand-families, law enforcement, correctional officers and veterans.

Materials, breakfast and lunch will be provided to those enrolled. In order to participate in the class, the person must have a desire to help students and citizens become resilient and successful. Class capacity is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 40.  For more information or if you have questions about the training, email John Unger at

Providing West Virginians with the skills to ensure students are resilient to make WV a place to live, learn and earn


Training Academy Dates and Locations:

Each Recovery Coach Academy will be Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm. 


Training Academy Dates and Locations:

Date Location City
April 2-6, 2018 St. Paul Lutheran Church

309 Baldwin Street

Morgantown, WV 26505


Morgantown, WV
April 16-20, 2018 Blue Ridge CTC

Main Campus

13650 Apple Harvest Dr.

Room 3300

Martinsburg, WV 25403

Martinsburg, WV
May 29-June 1, 2018




Clarksburg Baptist Church

Monroe Fellowship Room

501 W. Pike St.

Clarksburg, WV 26301

Clarksburg, WV


June 4-8, 2018

12 noon to 4 on Monday

9-5:30 Tues., Wed. & Thurs.,

9 to 1pm on Friday


WV DMAPS Professional Development Center

103 Academy Dr.

Glenville, WV 26351

Glenville, WV
June 25-29 , 2018




Caperton Center

On campus of WVUP

Room C223

300 Campus Drive

Parkersburg, WV 26104

Parkersburg, WV
July 9-13, 2018



WV State Police Academy

135 Academy Dr,

Dunbar, WV 25064

Charleston, WV
July 16-20, 2018


Academy of Careers and Technology (ACT)

390 Stanaford Road, Beckley, WV 25801

Beckley, WV
July 30-August 1, 2018



Marshall University

Drinko Library

1 John Marshall Dr

Huntington, WV 25755

Huntington, WV
August 6-10, 2018



Southern West Virginia Health System

1563 Sand Plant Road, Charleston, WV 25309

Charleston, WV
August 13-17, 2018 TBD Wheeling, WV

Possible funding streams to cover cost of Professional Development opportunity including travel and substitutes for school personnel

Many questions have been asked related to funding for substitutes, travel and hotel cost.  Please see the attached document with possible professional development funding streams per county discretion and approval.  The WVDE has just released the West Virginia Results-Driven Priorities (WV-RDP) funds to assist all 55 West Virginia districts in closing the gaps among subgroups. The four (4) WV-Results-Driven Priorities are:

Indicator 1:         WV GRADUATION 20/20





Flexibility in the use of these funds is given to allow county level data driven decision-making and professional development opportunities, services and programs to support behavioral and mental health needs of students.

CONTACT:  Tiffany J. Pittman,

CLICK to download PDF – Public Education Funding Streams for Professional Dev Support

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