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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.

certified peer recovery specialist

Pocket Rehab PRS

U-ACT in partnership with PocketRehab (USA) offers an online peer recovery specialist training and certification. Peer Recovery Specialists are trained to support individuals needing support and assistance with their substance use and addiction recovery.

PocketRehab offers real-time, online support through their recovery support app. Peer Recovery Specialists are trained to coach and support those in need towards their own solutions. Callers are able to connect with a recovery specialist via text, call or video functions within the app.


What is the role of a PRS?

  • Advise on detox and rehab admission protocols.

  • Understand the nature of addiction and substance use disorders.

  • Share information on available support groups.

  • Engage clients in a coaching conversation to determine the best way forward.

  • Coach, listen and understand how to support individuals in crisis.

  • Make recommendations for ongoing support and care.


The U-ACT Facilitation Team


Attie van Buuren

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Attie is a Professional Recovery and an international CPRC facilitator. He coaches both live and online. Attie is an accomplished coach and facilitator.

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Leigh-Anne Brierley

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Leigh-Anne is a Certified Master Coach, and U-ACT facilitator and assessor, She is the team's coordinator and facilitates the recovery wellness programme. 


David Collins

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David is the U-ACT founder and leads the international facilitation team, training coaches in the fields of recovery, business and corporate wellness.


Tia Boulton

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Tia is a CPRC and international facilitator. Tia coordinates the UK training for U-ACT. She has extensive coaching and training experience.


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.

CPRC and PRS Training Events

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