“Recovery Navigator” is a term for an exciting new role developing nationally that allows peers with lived addiction experience to work directly with individuals suffering from substance use disorders utilizing the REC-CAP Assessment and the REC-Connect Recovery Planning Tool; both parts of an evidence-based practice developed by Dr. David Best. Guided by the REC-CAP assessment, the Navigator’s role is to foster the individual’s development of a concrete recovery plan centered around connection with pro-social networks and the community at-large.
Navigator Eligibility Criteria
Individuals interested in becoming a Recovery Navigator in Training must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of 21 years of age
- Attestation of 1-year sustained recovery
- Level 2 background clearance
- Must possess one of the following MCAP, CAP, CAC, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) Certification, or be willing to obtain CRPS certification within one (1) year.
- Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License and have reliable transportation
- Must possess a WIFI-enabled laptop or tablet device
- High School Diploma or GED
- Good interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
- Knowledge of population served and principles/philosophy of recovery
* Provided other eligibility criteria are met, Navigators may achieve their peer credential while engaging in Recovery Navigational Support (RNS) service delivery under supervision.
Recovery Navigation has a lot of moving parts. Assessment, goal setting, motivational interviewing, and node-link mapping are some of the more mechanical pieces, however, building an effective therapeutic relationship with each of your clients is anything but mechanical. In the hopes of facilitating these processes, we’re gathering up a host of resources to help you. Keep an eye on this page, as we will be rapidly expanding its content in the coming months!