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Calm Lion & UACT
Certificate in Professional
Recovery Wellness Coaching

Course Outline



The Calm Lion Certificate in Professional Recovery Wellness Coaching as developed by David Collins and U-ACT is offered to individuals and groups that are interested in understanding how a coaching intervention can be used to assist individuals, families, communities and organisations that are challenged with addictions (repetitive harmful behaviours) be they substances, food, relationships or work for example. To move from the Culture of Addiction to the Culture of Recovery. Calm Lion and U-ACT have trained more than 1000 Recovery coaches around the world.

The training is delivered in a way that is experiential and practical to accommodate learners from all backgrounds, cultures and education levels.  English literacy is required for certification & assessment purposes, but not for training attendance.  However, community training can be offered in languages other than English and overseen by Calm Lion and U-ACT facilitators working in collaboration with the local facilitation team.



There are no formalised admission requirements and prospective students are considered for enrolment and registration on an individual basis.  This may include an informal interview to determine the prospective students’ ability to handle the course material that is presented. 


No prior addiction or recovery education is required, but an interest in the subject is important. Prospective coaches that have experienced personal addictions are encouraged to focus on their personal recovery for at least six months prior to enrolling in the training. Calm Lion coaches and recovery resources can assist in this regard.


The objective of the Calm Lion Certificate in Professional Recovery Wellness Coaching is to:

  1. Introduce and develop core coaching competencies through the delivery of theory & practical lectures, tasks and assignments.  The core competencies are:

    • Tools, Methods & Techniques

      • Delivering measurable results

      • Facilitate learning & development

      • Powerful questioning

    • Coaching Process & Practice

      • Being fully present and authentic

      • Co-creating the relationship with the client and the system

      • Deep listening

    • Coaching Model | The GROW Model

      • Communicating effectively

      • Client focus/presence

      • Building rapport

    • Ensuring continuous learning and development


This is achieved by:

  1. Introducing students to practical coaching tools and techniques,

  2. Giving students an opportunity to practically experiment with the tools over the course of the trainings,

  3. Delivering theory about addiction & recovery to students for integration into their coaching conversations,

  4. Assigning students practical tasks to complete during and after the trainings, including completing coaching practice hours, session recordings, a case study, a self-reflection journal and an open-book exam, and finally a live coaching assessment,

  5. Assessing & certifying students in a process that is in-line with the coaching competencies outlined above, that reflects the competencies outlined in the training accreditation with the ICR.

The coach training comprises of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Adult Archetypes and Spiritual Principles.

  • Adult learning and communication theories and tools.

  • Coaching Contracting.

  • Listening Techniques.

  • Powerful Questioning Techniques.

  • Recovery Coaching Frameworks.

  • Recovery Coaching Tools and Models.

  • The Brain and Coaching Tools for overcoming Triggers and Urges.

  • The Coaching Continuums.

  • The Coaching Conversation.

  • The Major Causes of Addiction & Treatment Methodologies/Models.

  • The Stages of Change Model.

  • The Systemic Approach to Recovery and Wellness.

The course is delivered over 40 hours is as follows:

  1. What is Coaching?

  2. What is Recovery Coaching?

  3. From a Culture of Addiction to a Culture of Recovery

  4. The Recovery Coaching Framework

  5. The Adult Learning Model

  6. Recovery Coaching within the David Collins’ Coaching Window

  7. Session Contracting

  8. Recovery Coaching Contract

  9. Listening Skills

  10. The Power of Open Questions

  11. Coaching Techniques

  12. Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change

  13. Powerful Questioning Techniques

  14. The Coaching Continuum

  15. The (Recovering) Brain

  16. The SCARF Model

  17. Mindsight and Conscious Awareness

  18. The Wheel of Life

  19. The GROW Model

  20. Recovery Capital

  21. The Four Archetypes and Spiritual Principles

  22. Transactional Analysis

  23. Recovery and Resiliency

  24. The Integrated Systemic Model

  25. The 4Q Model

  26. Reflection and Feedback

  27. Certification and Assessment

  28. Coach Feedback Form [Template]

  29. Recommended Reading


Your Professional Recovery Wellness Coaching journey with Calm Lion.

  • Initial training:

    • 40 hours of live training and practical activities (in person and/or online) on the intensive course

    • Students complete 60 hours of practical coaching between and/or after live training sessions.

    • Students are required to complete assessments to be awarded the Certificate in Professional Recovery Wellness Coaching (see details below).

      • On completion of the training there is a national examination and assessment process, with accreditation by the Calm Lion/U-ACT coaching body.  

      • We are also aligned internationally with the International Coaches Register (ICR) [ISO 9001] and the Calm Lion certificate can be used to register with this international registry. 

  • Students are given access to our online coaches network, which is a source of online learning, professional development, support, and industry networking.

  • There is also access to ongoing professional development workshops and individual support sessions during and after the training. 

  • Individual coaching and group coaching support and supervision is also offered to certified coaches at a discounted fee following completion of the training.

  • The learning material is available after the course to ensure that students do not develop pre-determined ideas about the programme material. 

  • The course content is available in hard- and soft-copy and is used to complete the open-book examination at the end of the training. 

  • Students have eight months following the in-person training to complete the assessment process.  This is the recommended time to complete the practical requirements following the training.

  • We have coaching opportunities for external recovery coaches to contract to our treatment facility and Calm Lion to work in strong and supportive collaborations around the treatment and recovery of individuals, groups and organisations faced with substance use and addictive behaviour disorders.



The training is delivered online, or at select venues in person throughout the world.


Training can also be delivered at an organisational or community venue if the training is being delivered at an offsite location of the client’s choosing. Local coaches and co-facilitators may be contracted to assisted on training that takes place outside in international locations.


These arrangements will be discussed individually with the organisation or group that is planning the training. Our training offering can be adjusted to suit your specific organisational needs and requirements.  For example, the length of the training can be varied to fit into the time your team has available.  

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