What Peer Recovery Coaches Need to Know About Medication Assisted Recovery: SAMHSA Sept 9 Webinar

NYAPRS Note: Medication Assisted Recovery has become a critical tool to fight back against opioid abuse. This webinar will feature Walter Ginter of the Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS) Project here in New York. Walter will be joining Bill Gamble of the Mental Health Empowerment Project and Paige Pierce of Families Together of NYS in delivering a presentation entitled “The Peer Workforce: Building a Profession, Maintaining a Movement” at NYAPRS’ September 14-16 Annual Conference in the Catskills.

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Virtual Training Event:

What Peer Recovery Coaches Need to Know

about Medication-Assisted Recovery

for People with Opioid Use Disorders


Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

Time: 12:00-1:30pm ET (11:00am CT, 10:00am MT, 9:00am PT)

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Moderator: Steven Samra, Center for Social Innovation

Who should Attend?

This free webinar will be available for up to 1,000 participants. We anticipate attendees to be individuals providing recovery coaching services, and others with a vested interest in advancing recovery supports for people with substance use disorders. These parties include:

  • staff, volunteers, and board members of recovery community organizations, peer run organizations, recovery oriented systems of care, managed care organizations, federally qualified health centers, and collective impact initiatives;
  • state- and county-level systems administrators;
  • people in recovery from mental illness, addiction, or both who provide peer support services;
  • family members;
  • students in recovery ;
  • researchers and educators;
  • supervisors and administrators of peer support services and behavioral health systems
  • providers of other services for individuals in recovery (primary health care, housing, employment, etc.); and
  • policymakers.


While medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders has been part of the addiction treatment landscape since the 1970s, many questions persist regarding how to best deliver services and supports to people with opioid use disorders who use medications (naloxone, buprenorphine, and methadone) to support their recovery. Research suggests that peer recovery coaching is beneficial for people in recovery from substance use disorders (Bassuk, Hanson, Greene, Richard, & Laudet, 2016). Yet most peer recovery coach training programs do not provide sufficient information to prepare coaches to successfully support people using medication as part of their recovery plans. Peer recovery coaches may leave training with inaccurate or incomplete information, or misconceptions and negative biases about medication-assisted treatment, hampering their ability to provide effective recovery coaching for people who use medication-assisted treatment.

This 90-minute virtual training event will include a 60-minute presentation focusing on the knowledge and skills that can help peer recovery coaches support people using medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. Participants will learn about common misconceptions and biases, the medications used to treat opioid use disorders, and recovery support strategies used by peer recovery coaches. The remaining 30 minutes will be dedicated to questions, answers, and discussion.

Webinar participants will be able to:

  • explore their own beliefs, biases, and knowledge about recovery pathways that include medications for opioid use disorders;
  • explain the benefits of medication-assisted treatment for people with opioid use disorders; and
  • describe at least five key recovery support strategies that can be used by peer recovery coaches to assist people with opioid use disorders who use medication-assisted treatment.

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Please note: CEU's will not be available; however, we do offer certificates of completion upon request.


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