Working as an NDIS Recovery Coach

May 3, 2022 | Blog, Recovery Coaching

Working As An NDIS Recovery Coach

Working as an NDIS Recovery Coach

The heart of One Good* Day is our passionate team of Psychosocial Recovery Coaches. They’re champions for the value of lived experience in mental health and are a solid support for our clients on every step of their recovery journey.


If you’re interested in learning how to be a Recovery Coach, then this blog is for you. Below you’ll find information on what’s required and how you can join the team at One Good* Day if that’s one of your career goals.


What does a Recovery Coach do?


Recovery Coaching is for people who have a psychosocial disability and is funded under the NDIS. An NDIS Recovery Coach meets with an NDIS participant at the point of their recovery journey where they want to invite someone in for support.


One Good* Day Recovery Coaches listen carefully to understand what ‘one good day’ looks like to participants and then coaches them to get there. From there, the goal is to build on that one good day and turn it into one good week, month, year, etc, while also being there for the shitty days.


Our team all bring their own lived and learned experience from the mental health sector to their work with an authentic, no judgement attitude. Their aim is to understand each person’s recovery goals and be there, walking alongside them, no matter what kind of day they’re having (both good and bad alike).


How to become a Psychosocial Recovery Coach


To become an NDIS Recovery Coach, it’s recommended you get a Certificate IV in Peer Support or Community Mental Health, or possess lived experience (or a combination of both work and lived experience). We’ve also seen people from adjacent fields – like Social Work, Counselling and Psychology – find working as a Recovery Coach very rewarding.


Recovery Coach training


We’ve partnered with DSC Consultants to host NDIS Psychosocial Recovery Coach Training as a 2-day intensive course. These Recovery Coach classes will give you the tools you need to get started in the field. However, it’s important to get ongoing supervision and mentoring to be sustainable in the role, as it can be quite demanding.


How much does a Recovery Coach make?

In a permanent role, you can expect to earn around $68-75K a year depending on your experience and qualifications. This is a Recovery Coach hourly rate of approx. $34-38.


Contractor or casual roles will pay a higher hourly rate, but these roles can come without access to paid leave and sometimes without a team to be a part of. These can be important protective factors in a rewarding, but sometimes challenging role, so it is good to think through the costs and benefits for your situation.


Are you interested in starting your Recovery Coach career?


What you’ll find in a Psychosocial Recovery Coach job description often centres on identifying, planning and coordinating supports for clients. There’ll also be requirements for your qualifications, ability to coach and assess people’s progress in relation to their goals.


Working as a Recovery Coach can be challenging but it’s one of the most rewarding jobs. When your clients see progress and start to live life on their own terms again, it makes all of your effort and dedication worth it.


One Good* Day advertises Recovery Coach jobs four times a year. We recruit in cohorts to build team connections as we’ve found it creates a stronger team across the board. So if you’re interested in taking the next step, check out our career page for more information.

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