Recovery Training Institute

CPRM ACADEMY

Ready to become a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor?

About CPRM Academy

CPRM Academy is an 80-hour interactive training program designed to prepare individuals to become Certified Peer Recovery Mentors (CPRM) through educational coursework and practicum that helps individuals with lived expertise in substance use recovery to build their knowledge and skills with peer support and prepare for work using their lived experiences to promote recovery and wellness to others.

Graduates of CPRM Academy will have earned the specialized education and supervised practical training hours required by the Michigan Cerficiation Board for Addiciton Professionals (MCBAP) to earn the CPRM credential. Click here to view MCBAP’s requirements.

What will you learn?

  • How to coach others in recovery by practicing empathy, building trust with clients, and providing information and resources
  • The multiple pathways of recovery and the recovery process, including its principles and stages of change from both a social and psychological perspective
  • Skills for effective coaching, such as communication, rapport building, and motivational interviewing
  • Professional readiness, including ethics, cultural competence, crisis intervention, building caseloads, facilitating individual and group sessions, client confidentiality, and self-care for frontline workers
  • And much more! For more details, check out our full curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Earning your CPRM will enable you to find stable and rewarding employment! Individuals with their CPRM often work as Recovery Coaches, Peer Recovery Specialists, and Peer Support Specialists in settings such as:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Substance use treatment centers
  • Drop-in centers
  • Employment services
  • Crisis response teams
  • Prevention and outreach teams

Interested in a career with Detroit Recovery Project?

The Recovery Training Institute offers CPRM Academy graduates the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ through our 1-year Recovery Coach Apprenticeship.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for CPRM Academy, applicants must:

    • Be at least 21 years of age
    • Be a person in recovery from alcohol/substance use and have at least 2 years of continuous successful recovery
    • Provide verification of highest education credentials (high school diploma/GED at minimum)
    • Obtain Central Registry clearance from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS)
    • Comply with training requirements outlined by RTI to become a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor

Click here for more details about MCBAP’s CPRM requirements.

Application Checklist

Applicants for the Fall 2022 CPRM Academy cohort must submit all documents prior to the October 12th, 2022 application deadline. Those with incomplete applications will not be accepted. The required application materials are:

Online RTI Application Form
Click here to submit your application.

MDHHS Central Registry Clearance
MDHHS clearance form (along with a copy of your driver’s license or state ID) should be filled out and emailed, faxed, or taken directly to an MDHHS county office.

Local Police Clearance
Local police clearance can be obtained from the following website for a $10 fee: https://apps.michigan.gov/ 

Proof of Highest Level of Education
Proof of your highest level of education can be a copy of your diploma/GED, degree, or official transcripts. If you attended a Detroit Public School, you can request your transcripts from DPS here.

Letter of Reference
Your letter of reference should be written by an employer, professional colleague, or someone within the recovery community who can attest to your involvement in recovery as well as your experience, skills, and character that contribute to your aptitude for the RTI apprenticeship program.

Personal Interest Statement
Your personal interest statement should describe why you are seeking admission to the RTI program, how our program aligns with your long-term career goals, and your qualifications for the RTI apprenticeship program (must be typed and 250 words minimum).

We strongly encourage applicants to upload all required documents to the online application form. If you are unable to upload the required documents into the application form directly, please submit them by email to rti@recovery4detroit.com and use the email subject line “LastName Application Docs” (example: Smith Application Docs).

Technology Requirements

If accepted into the program, apprentices will need an electronic device, such as a laptop, tablet, or iPad with a web cam and microphone and audio capability. When in-person trainings are not possible, some trainings will be conducted via Zoom. Click here to review Zoom technology requirements.