1.D.10.a. Social model skills


Policies that value individuals chosen for leadership roles who are versed and trained in the Social Model of recovery and best practices of the profession.







This rule does not apply to level Is, because they do not have direct support staff.


Based on social model principles, recovery residence staff are typically promoted from within the community because advances in personal recovery are rewarded with greater responsibility. This is not always an option or the best option. Regardless, recovery residence providers must ensure that staff understand social model recovery and how to apply it in their role. Without this foundation, staff can undermine the fidelity of the recovery residence and the culture of the community. This is often seen when staff with a clinical background or clinical aspirations steer the recovery residence towards a treatment model. The social model and clinical model can be integrated, but this requires substantial role clarity and appropriate supervision.


  • Is there one or more policies that outline the expectations for all staff to maintain their training?


  • Documentation

    • Staff / Peer leadership role description- Qualification criteria that prefers or requires: a) lived experience in recovery residence or other social model program, b) formal or informal training in social model of recovery,  and/or c) confirmed knowledge, skills and abilities related to social model and best practices of the profession


Course Syllabus

  • NARR 3.0 | 1.D.10.a. Social model skills