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What is Recovery Coaching?

Many people from diverse backgrounds are seeking assistance to connect into holistic health and wellness, free of harmful substance use and limiting behaviour. Recovery Coaching is an empowering intervention to support individuals, families, groups and communities that are challenged with substance use and addictive behaviour disorders.

Through the use of systemic coaching we are able to assist in the transformation and growth of those seeking sustainable recovery and wellness. As a coach you will be able to support your clients in developing a recovery that fits their personal and professional needs, wants, values, preferences and goals.

The training is offered in live and online formats, with experiential training and practical requirements to complete your certification.

certified professional recovery coach


U-​ACT offers internationally accredited recovery coach training. This experiential training has been designed to support coaches who are interested in working within the niche modality (addiction) recovery coaching.

The Recovery Coach Training focuses on:

  • Systemic coaching tools, methodologies & frameworks.

  • Understanding the complex nature of substance use and addictive behaviour disorders.

  • Developing skills coaches use to help their clients achieve fulfilling, sustainable recovery and wellness.

  • The important elements of the recovery coaching conversation.

  • The complexity of duality within the coaching and wellness continuums.

  • The systemic nature of the coaching relationship.

  • The professional ethics and responsibilities of a recovery coach.

  • Assessment and  certification requirements.

  • Professional development and personal growth.


What is included?

The Certified Professional Recovery Coach (CPRC) training  & certification process includes:

  • 40 hours of theoretical training and coaching (live and/or online).

  • 12 hours of online groups and calls to support experiential learning.

  • Access to U-ACT's e-learning platform on Teachable.

  • Online and downloadable recovery coach manual.

  • Ongoing professional development opportunities.

  • Access to U-ACT's Workplace platform for professional connection, collaboration & development.

  • Opportunities to collaborate professionally with South African and international coaches.

  • Lifetime access to our online e-learning platform.

  • National and international accreditation opportunities.

meet the Facilitation Team

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Attie van Buuren

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  • Teachable

Attie is a Professional Recovery and an international CPRC facilitator. He coaches both live and online. Attie is an accomplished coach and facilitator, and is currently living in Canada where he is establishing his coaching practice and spending time with his young family.


Emma de Crespigny

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Emma is a certified recovery and systemic business coach. She is trauma trained in TRE, and is part of the online and live facilitation teams. Emma is also studying TA. Emma is educated in design and philosophy which she marries with her lived experience and training to create a unique approach.


David Collins

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David is a Master Coach, OD Professional and the U-ACT founder. He leads the international facilitation team, training in the fields of recovery, systemic wellness and corporate coaching. David has extensive executive coaching experience, as well as being the CEO of The Foundation Clinic.


Tia Boulton

  • Teachable

Tia is a CPRC and International Facilitator. Tia coordinates the UK training for U-ACT. She works closely with Recovery Connections in the UK to support the training of their recovery and substance use professionals. She has extensive coaching and training experience.

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Leigh-Anne Brierley

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Leigh-Anne is a Certified Master Coach, and U-ACT facilitator. She is the organisation's course creator and coordinator, and facilitates the recovery wellness outpatient programme at The Foundation Clinic, as well as running her own coaching practice.

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Nikki Edwards

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Nikki is a CPRC and is the lead CRPC facilitator for the Western Cape. She is also the international facilitator for the peer recovery specialist training. Nikki combines lived experience and training to deliver high-standard facilitation and training live and online.


Helena Wagener

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Helena is a certified U-ACT Recovery Coach and Facilitator. Her facilitation experience ranges from formal corporate and university projects to meditative and transpersonal processes and recovery. She has a background in anthropology.

u-act and gwen Training Events

  • Certified Professional Recovery Coach
    Certified Professional Recovery Coach
    Fri, Jul 19
    Jul 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 21, 2024, 2:30 PM
    Johannesburg, 41 Pretoria St, Oaklands, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa
    Jul 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 21, 2024, 2:30 PM
    Johannesburg, 41 Pretoria St, Oaklands, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa
    Be Part of the Solution!
  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
    Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
    Time is TBD
    Pocket Rehab Zoom Room
    Time is TBD
    Pocket Rehab Zoom Room
    Time is TBD
    Pocket Rehab Zoom Room
    Anyone! Anywhere! Anytime!
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