Rational Recovery Coach Specialist Certification

Get certified as a Rational Recovery Coach Specialist

If helping people achieve and maintain sobriety brings you great joy, then this ONE DAY certification course is for you!

Launch Your Recovery Coaching Business!

ENROLL: Saturday August 25, 2018
ENROLL: Saturday Sept 8, 2018

Class times are 8am-4:30pm.
Classes will be held at the
Minnetonka Community Center.
For more information, please call Starting Point Academy at 1-612-483-7676 or email

Do YOU have the potential to be a great recovery coach?

Coaching candidates who possess the drive, determination and perseverance to learn and take that extra mile with clients, will make the best coaches.

Ideal candidates include:

  • Non-clinical professionals in helping professions
  • People with at least 2 years of sobriety
  • People with current or past experience as A.A. sponsor

Are you ready to take your positive experiences to the next level? Then this specialist training is for you!

Our curriculum focuses on growth, not rescue, and centers on the science of cognitive restructuring, self-accountability, habit change and the maintenance of recovery capital to face any relapse trigger that may arise in a client’s sober journey.

Class Fee & Materials

$175/person — Fee includes a certificate of completion and a letter confirming you as a Rational Recovery Coach Specialist. You will also receive ALL proprietary class materials on a USB flash drive or digital download, so that you can share the training with your staff and colleagues.

Our Rational Recovery Coach Specialist training complies with:

  • The requirements of MN Rule 245G.11, subdivisions 7(3) and 8
  • Best practices outlined by NAADAC, SAMHSA, NIDA and the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse

Competencies taught:

  • Understanding recovery, the many paths to recovery, and the characteristics of a competent recovery coach.
  • Establishing the coaching relationship and focusing on client empowerment.
  • Coaching stages for change: committing clients to action.
  • Cognitive restructuring: challenging cognitive distortions.
  • Strength-focused coaching–using a client’s inner strengths to help them view options and take positive steps.
  • Motivational & Intentional Interviewing: person-centered method of getting clients to weigh the pros and cons of their behaviors and come to logical conclusions.
  • The Stages of Change Model: getting clients to move from a position of ambivalence to one of change.
  • Solution-focused questioning: asking coping and solutions questions that empower a client to envision a preferred and manageable future.
  • Trans-cultural competencies
  • Laws and professional boundaries

Recovery coaching is one of the fastest growing professions and is rapidly redefining the world of personal health coaching.

A recovery coach is a “non clinical” certified expert who provides structure, options and accountability to persons in addiction recovery. Starting Point Academy’s coach training programs are part of a continuum of care philosophy recommended by nationally respected drug and alcohol prevention agencies.

Louis Gonzales, MS, PhD, CMLC

Dr Louis Gonzales PhD - MN

Dr. Gonzales offers over 30 years of professional experience in providing consulting, training and coaching services to a wide range of individual and family clientele, in addition to health and human services providers and community groups.


Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching
Recovery Coaches International
National Anger Management Association
International Coach Federation (ICF)
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)