Recovery Training Institute


The Recovery Training Institute MCBAP-approved curriculum offers both educational and practical trainings required to become a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM) in the State of Michigan. The required educational trainings are offered throughout Phase 1 and required practical trainings are offered in Phase 2 of the RTI program.

(There is no set curriculum for the 500-hour work experience in Phase 3.)

See below for an overview of our full curriculum and course descriptions.

Phase 1: Specialized Education


Course Description Provider
CCAR Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) © Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) © is a 5-day training that provides participants with the skills needed to guide, mentor, and support individuals seeking to enter or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. RCA © prepares participants by helping them to actively listen,  ask really good questions, and discover and manage their own challenges. RTI
CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches © The Ethics training is designed to help coaches and anyone else working in the peer role to understand how critical it is to be ethically responsible.  Using presentations, small group work, and role play  to address many areas including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement, and legal issues. RTI
The Science of Addiction: The Brain Disease This course offers participants an introduction to the scientific and medical model of addiction, the stages of change, and recovery, including the effects of addiction on the body and brain as well as basic pharmacology and treatment. RTI
Peer Approaches to Understanding Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) This course outlines the history, concepts, and varieties of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and offers participants the opportunity to explore perspectives, biases, and actions to ensure awareness and support of all recovery pathways that may include a medical component. RTI
Recovery Coach Skill Building This course allows participants the opportunity to explore (both theoretically and practically) the basic tenets, competencies, tools, and skills needed to build and maintain an effective coaching relationship. Opportunities to experience the coaching process throughout the workshop are designed to help peer professionals inspire and support growth in those they serve. RTI
Substance Misuse & Sexual Risk Behavioral Outcomes: Communicable Diseases This course explores the heightened risk of communicable diseases among drug users by giving an overview of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, STDs/STIs, Hepatitis, COVID-19, and more. Additionally, the course discusses prevention of communicable diseases, social stigmas, and testing/treatment resources. RTI
COVID-19 & Addiction Relapse Prevention This course discusses recent data regarding addiction and relapse as they relate to the Coronavirus pandemic, the emotional and psychological impacts of isolation addicts presently face amidst COVID-19 and the need to social-distance, and solutions for safely maintaining mental/emotional wellness and social involvement that supports recovery and prevents relapse. RTI
Recovery Meditation & Yoga: A Self-Care Practice In this interactive workshop, participants practice mindfulness exercises through yoga and meditation that explores the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. The course addresses practical strategies for managing daily demands, stress release, and developing a personal self-care plan. RTI
Understanding the Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences This course delves into what Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are and how they can impact an individual’s mental well-being, and potentially lead to substance use as a coping mechanism. Participants will learn about the different kinds of abuse and neglect, chronic/terminal illnesses, developmental delays, death/loss, and trauma. RTI
Addressing Grief & Loss in Recovery This course explores the role that death, grief, and loss play in the addicted person’s experiences by discussing the different types of loss, stages of grief, and supportive strategies for adjusting to loss. RTI
CPRM Study Session & Next Steps During this session, participants will practice answering questions similar to those on the IC&RC exam that is needed for certification as a Peer Recovery Mentor. Participants will be able to engage with study materials and resources that will help prepare them for the exam.


Phase 1: Supplemental Trainings


Course Description Provider
Case Management & Supports Coordination for Service Providers to Adults with Medicaid This course will cover managed care, supports coordination, and case management as it relates to Medicaid. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Case Management & Supports Coordination for Service Providers to Children with Medicaid This course will cover managed care, supports coordination, and case management as it relates to Medicaid. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Human Sex Trafficking in America This course will increase understanding of the scope of human sex trafficking in the U.S. as well as risk factors, possible indicators, and the impact on the lives of victims. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Cultural Competence/Diversity Developed by the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, this course will provide a basic overview of the topic of Cultural Competence for all members of the community mental health workforce. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Emergency Preparedness Designed to meet the MDHHS training requirement for direct care, clinical, and administrative staff, this course addresses the following topics: national, state, and local emergency preparedness; weather emergencies; fire safety; and how to prepare an emergency kit. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
HIPAA Basics This training meets the MDHHS certification requirement and provides a basic introduction to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Abuse & Neglect: Reporting Requirements This course discusses common examples of abuse and neglect of children and dependent adults, including elder adults, and provides information on when and how to report incidents of abuse and neglect. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens/Infection Control This course discusses methods for reducing the spread of pathogens and communicable diseases. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Grievances, Appeals, and State Fair Hearings This training will cover the processes to request a fair hearing and a local appeal, as well as the types of grievances that can be filled. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Medicare and Medicaid General Compliance Training This course provides training on employer Corporate Compliance Plans and information regarding general laws and regulations governing Medicare and Medicaid compliance issues in the health care organization (and meets the Medicare & Medicaid Integrity Program (MIP) requirement for all new hires). Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Medicare Fraud & Abuse The DWMHA requires all persons who provide health care or administrative services to Medicare enrollees to complete this training. This requirement applies to all “Dual Eligible” Providers’ employees involved in the administration or delivery of Medicare benefits, including but not limited to clinicians, billers, quality, utilization management, legal, compliance, and management. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Person-Centered Planning with Children, Adults, & Families This course provides information about the process for planning and supporting the individual receiving services that builds upon the individual’s capacity to engage in community life. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Person-Centered Planning & Individual Plan of Service for Direct Support Professionals (Direct Care Workers) This course will increase understanding of the person-centered planning process, as well as emphasize the importance and the functions of an individualized plan of support. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Recipient Rights Annual This course outlines the responsibilities of every employee, volunteer, and agent of an organization that provides services in the Public Mental Health System to protext the rights of the recipients served. Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Recipient Rights – SA This training familizarizes substance use disorder professionals with the terms, rights, and complaint process for recipients of services. Improving MI Practices
Communicable Diseases Level 1 This training provides basic knowledge of communicable diseases applicable to substance use disorders and meets the criteria for minimum knowledge standards (Level 1) for SUD professionals in the MI publicly funded delivery system. Improving MI Practices
Treating Co-Occurring Disorders: Principles of Successful Treatment This course provides basic information on working with persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses with an emphasis on creating a welcoming environment and completing strengths-based assessments using Stages of Change. Improving MI Practices
SUD – The Basics of Confidentiality This training provides information on the confidentiality requirements of 42 CFR Part Two: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records and HIPAA, and their impact on substance use disorder providers. Improving MI Practices
Creating Cultures of Trauma-Informed Care (CMHSP) This course defines & describes the five core values of trauma-informed care, provides multiple methodologies for creating the change needed to create a successful trauma-informed culture, and demonstrates the differences between trauma-informed care versus trauma-specific services. Improving MI Practices
Introuction to Motivational Interviewing: Lesson 1 This course provides a base foundation of knowledge surrounding the practice of Motivational Interviewing. Improving MI Practices
The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing: Lesson 2 This course establishes the fundamental attributes that set Motivational Interiewing apart from all other counseling techniques. Improving MI Practices
The Four Processes and Three Styles of Motivational Interviewing: Lesson 3 This course defines and establishes the foundation of the Motivational Interviewing process and how they are utilized to evoke change from clients and examines the role and qualities of the interviewer through the Motivational Interviewing process. Improving MI Practices
The Four Principles of Motivational Interviewing: Lesson 4 This course helps participants develop an understanding of where motivation comes from and how it intertwines with the practice of Motivational Interviewing as well as an understanding of the four principles of Motivational Interviewing that help develop a strategy of conversation aimed at creating change. Improving MI Practices
Client-Centered Counseling Skills: Lesson 5 This course helps participants gain an understanding of client-centered counseling and tactics (and their effectiveness). Improving MI Practices
Strategic Prevention Framework I: Assessment Training This course explores how to assess population needs, including levels of substance use and related problems, availabile resources to support prevention efforts, and community readiness to address prevention problems or needs. Improving MI Practices
Strategic Prevention Framework II: Capacity This course outlines what it means to build capacity (resources and readiness) to support prevention programs and practices by assessing data, finding gaps in data sets, and developing an action plan to address those gaps. Improving MI Practices
Strategic Prevention Framework IV: Implementation This course leads participants through the process of implementing the plan for their communities using key components of implementation such aschoosing evience-based prevention programs and activities, capacity and planning steps, fidelity to and adaptation of the chosen program, and action plan development. Improving MI Practices



Phase 2: Supervised Apprenticeship


Training Description Provider
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) SBIRT is an evidence-based model for identifying clients who may experience substance use or other mental health challenges with the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences, disease, accidents, and injuries. RTI/Changing Lives & Staying Sober
Building a Caseload This training provides information about building an appropriately sized caseload for individuals receiving addiction treatment services while taking into account the treatment population’s complexity of issues and resources available. RTI/BCOR
Facilitating Individual & Group Sessions This training offers methods for facilitating effective sessions with clients in one-on-one settings as well as group settings. Participants will be equipped with strategies for building rapport with clients, asking questions, and facilitating effective discussions. RTI/BCOR
Proper Documentation & Standards of Practice This training provides information regarding agency guidelines and policies to support the implementation and daily operations fo the Peer Mentoring/Recovery Coaching program, such as written procedures, confidentiality expectations, and referral protocol. RTI/BCOR
Mental Health Wellness Information Network (MHWIN) & Electronic Health Records (EHR) This training allows participants to become familiar with navigating the Mental Health Wellness Integrated Network (MHWIN) system and Electronic Health Records (EHR). RTI/BCOR
Establishing an Ethical Caseload This training advises participants on establishing a feasible caseload size while maintaining standards of ethical practice that will allow the Peer Mentor/Recovery Coach to provide effective support to clients. Participants will take into consideration their own capacity to take on new clients as well as the availability. ofancillary services locally/regionally. RTI/BCOR