Penn State Lehigh Valley announces 2019 Certified Recovery Specialist training

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Community members will have the opportunity to become a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) who assists others in recovery from substance use disorders through Penn State Lehigh Valley's CRS program.

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Penn State Lehigh Valley will begin offering its Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) training in January.

Community members will have the opportunity to become a CRS who assists others in recovery from substance use disorders. Those with direct experience in addiction and recovery are welcome to register.

The training, which begins Jan. 26, is designed to meet the current educational requirements for the CRS credentials as set forth by the Pennsylvania Certification Board:

  • Recovery Management: 18 hours
  • Education and Advocacy: 12 hours
  • Professional Ethics and Responsibility: 6 hours
  • Confidentiality: 6 hours
  • Relevant to Field of Addiction: 12 hours

Topics include: Foundations of Recovery, PBRSS/CRS Role, Multiple Pathways, Message and Media, Co-Occurring Disorders, Process Addictions, Self-Disclosure, Ethics, Self-Care, Confidentiality, Science and Trauma, Documentation, Recovery Planning, Family Impact, Communication, and CRS Exam Prep Session. The training costs $995, plus a separate fee of $125 for the CRS application review and CRS exam.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays at the Lehigh valley campus, located at 2809 Saucon Valley Road in Center Valley. For information about the requirements and to apply online, visit the CRS training website. For questions, contact Andrea Tessier at [email protected] or 610-285-5026.


Dennille Schuler

Public Relations Specialist
Penn State Lehigh Valley

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