Certified Recovery Specialist Program

Certified Recovery Specialist Program

Certified Recovery Specialist Program (54 Hours)

Do you have a history of addiction recovery and want to help others?

The Certified Recovery Specialist is a 54-hour, peer support program designed to meet the current educational requirements for the CRS credentials set forth by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). Participants will receive education in Education and Advocacy, Recovery Management, Confidentiality, Professional Ethics and Responsibility, and Addiction.

Please note that Penn State Beaver is the education provider only and our training is one part of the larger process to become a successful CRS. Participants must meet all of the other requirements before being certified.

To apply for certification to become a CRS, individuals must meet the following Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements:

  • A history of addictions recovery (must have a minimum of 18 months, in a continuous manner, of personal, lived recovery experience)
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of the Certified Recovery Specialist 54-hour training program
  • Successful completion of the Pennsylvania Certification Board CRS exam *
  • Sign an ethical code of conduct

Fall 2018

Dates: Saturdays, September 8 through November 3, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $995 (includes required materials)

Registration Link Coming Soon

Course Date
Course Schedule
Recovery Foundations September 8
Recovery Planning September 8
Peer Recovery Support Services in Recovery September 8
The Role of the CRS September 15
Recovery Coaching September 15
The Science of Addiction and Recovery September 15
Pathways to Recovery September 22
Process Addictions September 22
Co-Occurring Disorders September 29
Behavioral Theories in Recovery September 29
Principles of Confidentiality October 6
Confidentiality and the CRS Role October 6
Basic Ethics in Peer-Based Support Services October 13
Values, Ethics and Boundaries in Peer Support Services October 13
Addiction and the Family October 20
Stress Reduction & Self-Care Strategies for Peer Support Specialists October 20
Trauma and Recovery October 27
Self-Disclosure in the Recovery Process October 27
Communication Skills for Individuals and Groups November 3
Media Role in Recovery and Advocacy November 3


* Exam Information

The PA Certification Board requires candidates to complete the CRS exam application. The cost of the exam is $125 payable directly to the PCB with the application and required documents.

For more information, or if you need assistance registering, contact Jill Valentine, jak249@psu.edu, 724-773-3765.

Cancellations and Refunds

Payment is due upon registration. Registration cancellations with a full refund will be accepted until one week prior to the first class. After that, the individual may be held responsible for registration and fees. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.