Event Details – RC Harm Reduction Class

Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway© VIRTUAL Class - May 2020

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A powerful 5-day, 18-hour enrichment training for recovery coaches and peer recovery support specialists.

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Day Date Time
Wednesday May 20 11:00 am - 2:15 pm CST
Friday May 22 11:00 am - 2:15 pm CST
Wednesday May 27 11:00 am - 2:15 pm CST
Friday May 29 11:00 am - 2:15 pm CST
Wednesday June 3 11:00 am - 2:15 pm CST


The fee for class registration is $295.  This includes a participant manual in a digital form (PDF).  If you would like a printed participant manual shipped to you, it will be an additional $25 per manual.


18 training hours and a certificate are awarded upon completion.


Brought to you by Jim Wuelfing, designer and lead author of the original 5-day CCAR Recovery Coach Academy©, and Dean LeMire, co-founder of the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition and Texas Harm Reduction Alliance.


"This training was a true paradigm shifter. My mind was blown."

- RCHRP Participant, Austin, TX

"I was able to shift my conception of recovery and viable pathways to include and celebrate harm reduction."

- RCHRP Participant, Kalamazoo, MI


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 a 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
  • Lack of exposure to people achieving recovery outcomes through harm-reduction-based 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.


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.


  • Active or prospective peer recovery coaches
  • Recovery Community Organization 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 Texas Recovery Support Peer Specialist training, is strongly suggested.


Jim Wuelfing

Jim Wuelfing is the owner and principal 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.

Brian Lane

As a person in long-term recovery, Brian is deeply connected with people in recovery and the organizations supporting them. He is the owner of Recovery Spectrum, a consulting and training company that helps behavioral health providers learn and implement best practices to save and change the lives of those living with substance use disorder and mental health challenges.  Brian has a passion for advocacy and education who works to expand existing recovery efforts and develop new and additional resources while eliminating stigma. He is a respected coach and trainer who is internationally certified as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRS), PRS Trainer of Coaches, Adult Mental Health First Aid trainer, and many others. Additionally, Brian most recently served as the co-founder and Executive Director of Wellspring Recovery Services, a top provider of medium-to-high accountability men’s recovery residences in the Dallas area.  Brian loves cooking and baking, singing loudly and badly in the car, and his husband and best friend of 18 years, Jonathan Boyd.

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


Raquel Quezada-Azua, Board Member, Programming, RecoveryATX
Phone: (361) 585-7242