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Recovery Support Specialist Training and Certification Program

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network Recovery Support Specialist Training and Certification Program is a 120-hour course that prepares persons in recovery from a psychiatric or substance use disorder, or family members of people in recovery, to take an exam to become a certified Recovery Support Specialist (RSS).

Each week students attend one of the two streaming sessions. One occurs Tuesday and the other Thursday evening. Both sessions are designed to go over the weekly modules of homework, and expound upon the topic of the day. The classes run for two hours with a panel of experts in the field. On many occasions, students will be allowed to conduct a question and answer session with the doctors and or clinicians whose presentations they watched for homework.

Some of the topics covered in the modules include:

  • Family interventions
  • Harm reduction techniques
  • History of behavioral health
  • Holistic alternatives to treatment
  • Legal regulation and patient rights
  • Mental health first aid
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Overview of addiction
  • Overview of mental health
  • Physical disability movement
  • Trauma
  • WRAP

Currently accepting applications for the March, 2022 Virtual Session

Institute of Living Commons Building
Hartford Room
200 Retreat Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

Cost: $300

Application process:

  1. Fill out and submit an application.
  2. Select applicants will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview to determine admission into the program.
  3. Upon acceptance, additional information regarding payment will be provided.