Q: Can I train to become a Sober Coach if I do not have human services background?
A: Absolutely! Often times, people who are new to the field bring the best qualities. Being fresh brings enthusiasm, vitality and new perspectives.
Q: Can the “Sober Coach” training really teach me what I need to know in only forty eight hours?
A: I address this answer with an emphatic YES! I believe the training I have created will give the new Coach Professional enough information and most importantly, self confidence to begin accepting clients immediately. Many of the Coaches who have completed the training say the information in conjunction with their commitment and passion to provide the best Coaching experience for their clients has proven more than enough to seek additional education and training but also to refer others to our training.
Q: Does training through the Sober Network Inc. mean I get certified?
A: The Sober Network Inc is a private company providing training that will meet the educational standards implemented in the State of Florida by the Florida Certification Board. Our Provider Number is: 5087-A. We are also pleased to share we are also a certified provider for NAADAC, A nationally recognized professional association. We are listed under Harold Jonas, PhD, LMHC, CAP/Sober Network Inc./Sober.com, LLC.
Q: What kind of degrees do you need to be a recovery coach? And can I be certified in Minnesota and/or New York?
A: At this point the field of Recovery Coaching is in its infancy. The most exciting break-through to date has been recognition as a profession and an asset by the treatment industry and also the movement towards certification by individual States. Florida has been a pioneer and instituted credentialing in 2008. The requirement at this point is a High School education or equivalent, plus specialized training. Sober Coaches can coach within the parameters of their training and expertise and are not bound by States boundary.
Q: I am wondering – Do you have to be in recovery to become a coach.
A: It our belief that a professional does not have to be in “recovery” from substances to be an effective Coach. Having a thorough understanding of the multiple paths to recovery is essential, but a professional will not walk down each one in their own life.
Q: Is California ok with this certification? I am a CADCII?
A: To the best of our knowledge, Florida has the highest standards of most States and is recognized as a leader for developing criteria other states use to measure their programs. We are confident Florida will meet or exceed reciprocity in most states that institute certification for coaches.
Q: What does it cost for your various classes/courses?
A: Our current price for the complete All Access Pass is $1,350. You are able to purchase the two courses individually as well, courses ranging from $750-$850. This provides you with an accredited certificate of attendance sanctioned by the Florida Certification Board and also access to class material as long as needed. We also offer individual and group supervision on a fee for service basis. What we want for you most importantly is your own success. The training fee includes all the material you need to get started. The most useful tool included is the “Sobersystems” proprietary software that you will be trained to utilize as an adjunct to your own style. We designed and developed “Sobersystems” as a web based application that is also downloaded as a mobile app to assist in establishing and maintaining client accountability and recovery management. It is a proven method to keep focus and priorities directed toward success for the coach and client/user.
Q: How much can a sober coach earn per hour/week ?
A: The rate of a professional consultant like a Sober Coach varies significantly. The floor, or lowest price we suggest is about $25.00 per hour and we have heard of Coaches charging as much as $250.00 per hour. So our strategy for our new Coaches is to negotiate a flat rate for a block of hours and evaluate fees/goals upon execution and completion. We have found this area of Coaching to be one of the biggest hurdles for coaches to scale. It seems establishing, asking for and obtaining a reasonable fee for service is challenging. We are here to help.
Q: Do you have a payment plan for the training?
A: We usually do not encourage a payment plan, but all applicants can request assistance and are evaluated on a per request basis.
Q: I want to get more involved in recovery but no one can direct me to a career that has an income that can be lived on?
A: It has been our experience many human service professionals will adjust their standard of living to meet their passion in life, service to others Clients expect to pay a fee for service, especially when they are contracting a self employed professional. The committed and dedicated Sober Coaches can make a living. This is really no different than any other professional entering the marketplace. Physicians, Massage, Chiropractors, Psychotherapists and other professions interacting with the private client all have to self promote and be prepared for the next time the phone rings.