The National Board of Abuse-Recovery Professionals is the certifying body for ARCS Coaching Certification Program; furthermore, we sanction CARC practice and issue CARC certificates:
Certified Addiction-Recovery Coach, for specialized, independent Addiction-Recovery Coaching and intervention with both substance and behavioral addicts and their respective family members.
Certified Abuse-Recovery Coach, for specialized, independent Abuse-Recovery Coaching with trauma survivors, including but not limited to childhood abuse survivors, domestic abuse survivors, soldiers and other PTSD sufferers.
Your inquiries have been passed to me because both ARCS Support feels that they have attempted to answer your questions, faithfully.
The ARCS Coaching Certification Program is accredited by the National Board of Abuse-Recovery Professionals. We are a private board (not a State board); thus, CARC Certification will likely not receive the same recognition as a State-board certification, if seeking employment in large social-service facilities.
Most life coaching and addendum certification programs (such as hypnotherapy, somatic experiencing and other methodology based certificates that many therapists acquire) are private certificates, supported by private accreditation bodies.
If your aspirations are to be employed as a counselor in a facility, then we recommend that you follow a more conventional path to get a Masters degree and subsequent State licensure.
If your aspirations are to practice private coaching (seeing clients in your own practice/office/business), then the CARC allows you to do this in much less time and with much less expense that does the more conventional path outlined in the paragraph above. In fact, it is for this specific function that CARC Certification has been designed.
Please understand the following, regarding the ARCS Program:
1. ARCS can offers multiple hours of online, group-coaching and certification classes, per week, as well as a comprehensive online video-workbook curriculum (over 80 video-workbook lessons, in total) and subsequent coaching certification (detailed above), at a fraction of what any other entity charges for just one of those services. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find even one hour of group counseling for 25.00 per week, and many life coaching and similar certification programs can cost many thousands (and, even, tens of thousands) of dollars!
2. The reason that ARCS can offer so much for so little is made possible by (a) Grant Funding, which covers about 100.00 per week, per student, and (b) the fact that ARCS waives a minimum of 125.00 per week, of their standard tuition rate, on behalf of each student. In short, ARCS is committed to both the emotional and economic empowerment of their students. The ARCS Program to which you applied has been specifically designed to help trauma survivors with no formal education in counseling to become certified coaches (prior to the inception of this program, ARCS only certified licensed therapists who wanted additional specialization in addiction and correlated trauma); furthermore, it's integral to ARCS Mission that this Program is accessible to ALL qualified trauma survivors who wish to become certified --- not just wealthy individuals.
3. Because ARCS waives such a great deal of its tuition to ensure that all qualified trauma survivors who want to "heal, and help others" have access to the Coaching Certification Program, ARCS MUST KEEP ITS ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS TO A MINIMUM. In short, if we had to hire extra staff to consult with each applicant, we would have to pass those costs forward to our students!
This Program is not for everyone.
We do not feel that the ARCS Program is well-suited for everyone. Just as students learn to do with their future clients, we respect each individual's right to self-determination. Essentially, we want each person to choose whatever resources and programs most effectively meet their individual needs.
Considering the level of trepidation that you are experiencing and have expressed in your correspondence, I am going to recommend that you NOT enroll in ARCS, Rather, I suggest that you pursue a more conventional path to entering the helping field. I want you to have the security that you need, and I believe that a State-recognized program may offer you that.