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    S3 training – Strength-based, Solution-focused Supervision

    Supervision can be done in a variety of ways. We recommend it is done in a way which helps the supervised

    Appreciative and Calm

    We are now delivering two new training/development workshops:

    Appreciative Recovery Coaching -

    What we have achieved so far

    What we have achieved so far:



  • Evaluation of ARC - Mental Health Peer Health Coaching Initiative

    “Training and supervision for peer coaches Peer coaches were positive about the training they received. They enjoyed the fact that the training was interactive and drew on peer coaches’ personal experiences. They also appreciated that the atmosphere was kept light and humorous, despite the difficult subject matter.”


    “Peer coaches felt that the training enabled them to develop skills such as open questioning, active listening and motivational interviewing, sharing personal experiences appropriately, reinforcing an individual’s strengths and pacing sessions. They described being able to put these skills into practice both in and outside work. Suggestions to improve the training included focusing on diversity, and providing more opportunities for practice through role play. There was also a suggestion that one-to-one supervision slots would be helpful, particularly focusing on self-care.”

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    About ARC


    The Academy for Recovery Coaching provides affordable, high quality, evidence based, sustainable training in self-management and peer support, across all of health and social care. Training is delivered in an interactive, ‘addictive’ and engaging way to create change that sticks.


    There is growing evidence that supporting people with long term conditions to look after themselves better can improve outcomes and satisfaction more than traditional ‘treatment’ approaches. People want to help others but they don’t know how to effectively. Thanks to our strong links with the health and social care ‘industry’ and knowledge of the top problems in and around the area of recovery and recovery training, our events and learning packages quickly enable learners with powerful and relevant tools. Our training events are delivered in groups at location up and down the UK.


    We will also soon be offering online training and support. As a not-for-profit organisation.  If the company makes any surplus it will be used for:


    • enabling individuals to access free / heavily subsidised places on training which will enhance their own wellbeing and empower them to help others using proven methods, and
    • creating new digital health products including online courses and games


    What is Recovery?


    Recovery is not the same as treatment or cure. It is the “lived or real life experience of people as they accept and overcome the challenge … they experience themselves as recovering a new sense of self and of purpose within and beyond the limits” Deegan, P. (1988) Recovery: The lived experience of rehabilitation So, recovery is a natural process which health professionals (and organisations) can facilitate or get in the way of.


    Recovery Coaching is an approach to working alongside people with health problems which draws on recent insights from health psychology, positive psychology, motivational theory and coaching. Broader than the useful but limited medical model, it encourages a positive view of human nature and works with peoples innate tendency towards growth, wellbeing and development even in the face of adversity and disabling ill-health. It does not involve telling people what to do, but emphasises empathic listening, skillful questioning, the sharing of what other people have found helpful and the drawing out goals, plans, options and ways forward from the individual. It includes specific skills for building confidence, autonomy and a greater sense of control, as well as the collaborative development of wellness recovery and relapse prevention plans. There are many definitions of recovery.