Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) Training

Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) Training


Join us on Saturdays in the spring or the fall for the Certified Recovery Specialist 54-Hour Training Program.  Class time is 9am-4:30pm.

We strive to offer relevant programs on convenient days and times to fit into your busy schedule.

NEW: The Pennsylvania Certification Board will begin work on a credential for family members/family advocates.  When the credential becomes available, it will be on the PCB website at www.pacertboard.org.   The anticipated arrival date for this new program is late 2017-early 2018.

If you would like to be placed on a listserve to be notified when registration opens for the spring session please send a note to tmb17@psu.edu.

Fall Schedule:

9:00AM – 12:15PM, morning session

1:15PM – 4:30PM, afternoon session

September 9, 2017

Foundations of Recovery & PBRSS/CRS Role

Fred Shue

September 16, 2017

Multiple Pathways & Message & Media

Adam Sledd

September 30, 2017

Co-Occurring Disorders & Process Addictions

Dave Fialko

October 7, 2017

Ethics & Ethics

Jack Land

October 14, 2017

Self Disclosure & Ethics & Self Care

John Carlson

October 21, 2017

Confidentiality & Confidentiality

Melissa Groden

October 28, 2017

Science & Trauma

Shannon Hayes

November 4, 2017

Documentation & Recovery Planning

Fred Shue

November 11, 2017

Family Impact & Communication

Denise Peters

November 18, 2017

CRS Exam Prep Session

Fred Shue

When: September 9-November 18, 2017. No class on September 23 so those who would like to participate in the Recovery Walk are able to do so.


Penn State Abington

1600 Woodland Road, Abington, PA  19001

Specific building and room is to be determined

Cost: $995

Registration and tuition payment is completed with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania.

Are you ready to become a CRS?  Visit the Council's webpage to learn more:

Council of Southeast Pennsylvania

Campus Directions

Campus Map

Please contact the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania for more information: 215-345-6644. 

General Information: Theresa Bloom at 215-881-7402

The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) Training Program consists of 54 hours of instruction.

The program is designed to meet the current educational requirements for the CRS credentials as set forth by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB).  

The 54 hours meet specific requirements of education in the domains specified by PCB.

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


For individuals to become a CRS they must meet the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements which include:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of the Certified Recovery Specialist 54-Hour Training Program
  • Successful completion of the Pennsylvania Certification Board CRS exam
  • Sign an ethical code of conduct

Those in recovery are welcome to register for this program.

This program provides participants with the required hours of education to apply for the CRS credential.  Please note that Penn State Abington/Council of Southeast Pennsylvania is the education provider only and our training is one part of the larger process to become a successful CRS.  Participants must meet all of the other requirements before being certified.

Need more information?  Call Theresa Bloom at 215-881-7402.

Program Details:

The CRS program meets on Saturdays from 9am-4:30pm at Penn State Abington.

Tuition: $995, includes all materials*


The Pennsylvania Certification Board requires candidates to have a High School Diploma, GED, or college transcripts, obtain 54 hours of education, complete the CRS exam application, sign an Ethics agreement.  The cost of the exam is $100 payable directly to the Board with the application and requisite documents.

For information please contact Theresa Bloom at 215-881-7402 or tmb17@psu.edu

The Council's Information, Intervention, and Recovery Support Line is 800-221-6333.