Reflective Recovery from Addictions

Reflective recovery specialists work in diverse community settings designed to provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation, and support services. Their duties vary greatly, depending on the setting in which they work and the population they serve.
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Certificate in Reflective Recovery Studies
Duration of training
1 year (2 semesters)
Language of instruction
Deadline of application
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Tuition fee: EUR 1,700/sem.
Application fee: EUR 140
Registration fee: -

Reflective recovery specialists work in diverse community settings designed to provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation, and support services. Their duties vary greatly, depending on the setting in which they work and the population they serve. Although the specific setting may have an implied scope of practice, reflective recovery specialists are frequently challenged with children, adolescents, adults, or families that have multiple issues, such as mental health disorders and addiction, disability and employment needs, school problems or career counseling needs, and trauma. Reflective recovery specialists must recognize these issues in order to provide their clients with appropriate counseling and support.


Core areas of the training and the respective credits: 

  • Introductory courses as essentials of the program (fundamentals):
    • Introduction into the concept of reflection: 3 credits 
    • Basics of reflective addictionology: 6 credits 
    • Basics of reflective consultation: 3 credits 
    • Total: 12 credits
  • Advanced courses:
    • Methods of intervention in reflective addictionology 6 credits 
    • The process of ongoing recovery: 12 credits 
    • Family and community aspects of reflective recovery: 6 credits 
    • Ethical and value-based integration: 6 credits 
    • Advanced consultation: 8 credits 
    • Total: 38 credits
  • Credits of the thesis work: 10


 Competencies to be achieved:  

  • Experiential learning and reflection (ability to examine knowledge in the context of experience).
  • Critical thinking (utilization of intellectual skills that effectively identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments and truth claims; discover and overcome personal prejudices and biases; formulate and present convincing reasons to support conclusions and make reasonable and intelligent decisions about what to believe and how to act)
  • Mindfulness (learning to access and use new, relevant information; criticizing and evaluating information sources; integrating and transferring new information across situations; systematic problem solving; and making informed decisions) 
  • Proactivity (anticipating and adjusting oneself to change; ability to look for patterns and trends from diverse perspectives; using self-development and self-promotion to capitalize on opportunities)
  • Developing the habits of lifelong learning, including health-learning (empowering ourselves to overcome passive dependence; the capacity for learned resourcefulness; affirmation of life in relationship with ourselves, with nature, the community; and creativity). 


Certified consultants’ generic and specific knowledge:

  • Alcohol and drug information 
  • Information on the new recovery model, elements and phases of recovery 
  • Understanding the values of the recovery paradigm (person orientation, person involvement, self-determination, choice and growth potential)  
  • Information on reflective thinking and practice
  • Prevention, health promotion, health learning 
  • Mutual help and self-help 
  • Elements of reflective care work 
  • Professional ethics   
  • Reflective diary 


Certified consultants are able to: 

  • Decide on triage (screening, reflective listening, affirming the client) 
  • Orientate (describe the general nature of the given recovery program to the client) 
  • Assess (identify and evaluate an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs for the development of the recovery plan) 
  • Recovery planning (identify and rank problems needing resolution; establish immediate and long-term goals agreed upon by the parties; decide on recovery methods and resources to be used) 
  • Reflective counseling (utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families or groups in achieving objectives through the exploration of a problem and its ramifications; examination of attitudes and feelings; consideration of alternative solutions; and decision making)
  • Reflective recovery care management (bring services, agencies, resources, or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals) 
  • Reflective crisis intervention (respond to an alcohol or other drug user’s needs during acute emotional or physical distress) 
  • Reflective client education (provision of information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources in terms of stereotypes, assumptions and cultural knowledge) 
  • Referral (identification of the client’s needs that cannot be met by the recovery specialist or agency, assisting the client to use the available support systems and community resources) 
  • Report and record keeping (charting the results of the assessment and recovery plan; writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client-related data)
  • Recovery consultation (relating with other recovery specialists in client recovery services to assure comprehensive quality care for the client) 
  • Reflective professional growth (identify one’s own needs for professional development, understanding and maximizing one’s strengths, and pursuing further growth through supervision and training) 


Aptitude and abilities required to practice the profession (standards of practice): 

  • In-depth knowledge of the principles of reflective recovery oriented system of care whose central pillars incorporate:     
  • Providing all drug and alcohol users with hope of recovery and the skills as well as support to help them plan for this journey.  
  • Creating a sense of dynamism that does not accept that clients get stuck’ or that some clients are too chaotic to move forward. 
  • Generating reflective communities of recovery where peers are active participants in recovery journeys and can act as icons of recovery for those starting recovery. 
  • Helping the clients plan their recovery journeys where the role of the professional diminishes over time. 
  • Ensuring that all clients in recovery – maintained or abstinent – have clear goals of participation in their local communities and families and through doing so challenge stereotypes and stigma. 
  • Acknowledging that recovery is seen as a complex and multi-faceted process requiring partnerships that are flexible and fluid and that include not only those in recovery but also their families.  
  • Providing a variety of routes to recovery to enable clients to own their journeys and have real choices about whether treatment is needed; and if so, what that treatment means.

For a successful application please follow the steps below:


  1. To apply, click on the Apply Now button, and start your application.
  2. Register on our application site, fill the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!
  3. After you have submitted your application, you are going to receive information on the further steps.
  4. If we received your application fee, we are going to start the evaluation of your application.


The applicant has to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application portal of the University of Pécs:

  • Copy of degree in either social science or humanities, economics, natural sciences or engineering, technology (including transcript of records)
  • Europass CV in English
  • Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • Medical certificate, (please fill the document and attach the serologic test results)
    • vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B)
    • HEP A/B/C test*
    • HIV test*
    • Chest X-ray: Please attach the chest’s X-ray result (not the film!) in English/Hungarian! (not older than 3 months)
  • Transfer receipt of the EUR 140 application fee
  • Official copy of the following language exam certificates:  
  • Entrance Exam (personally or via Skype


For more information, please contact:


International coordinator

Phone: +36 72 501 500/24126


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