What is the difference between a psychosocial recovery coach and a support coordinator?

Psychosocial recovery coaches and support coordinators are two different roles that share a common purpose: to help individuals achieve mental health goals. Although both roles assist people in attaining their desired outcomes, they have distinct functions that require different sets of skills and competencies.

The role of a psychosocial recovery coach

A Psychosocial Recovery Coach is responsible for working with an individual to identify mental health goals, develop the skills and strategies they need to reach those goals, and provide them with the support they need to stay on track. Recovery coaches use a holistic approach that includes an assessment of multiple areas of self-care such as emotional, physical, spiritual, and practical needs. They provide personalised guidance as opposed to ‘one-size-fits-all’ advice and work alongside their clients over long periods of time.

The role of a support coordinator

Support Coordinators typically work with people who have been diagnosed with mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They are responsible for providing comprehensive assessments of individuals’ physical and psychological needs, developing individual recovery plans, and linking them to appropriate resources in the community. It is also the responsibility of the support coordinator to ensure that their clients are receiving the services they need, staying on track to reach their goals, monitoring progress regularly and updating their plan based on changes in their circumstances.

When to use a psychosocial recovery coach? 

Psychosocial Recovery Coaches help people to identify and build on their strengths, and work with them to recognize the impact of trauma or other mental health issues on their life. They use person-centred approaches such as Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist individuals in developing insights into how distress can be managed. Recovery coaches provide a non-judgmental space in which their clients feel free to discuss their needs and feelings, enabling effective problem-solving strategies that lead to long-term positive change.

When to use a support coordinator?

Support Coordinators focus more on providing practical and social support to people dealing with mental health issues. They help individuals find ways to access local resources, such as housing, food banks, and employment opportunities. Additionally, they work with communities to create environments that are supportive of those recovering from mental health challenges. Support Coordinators also provide ongoing guidance and mentorship services such as teaching job readiness skills and life skills workshops.

How to find a qualified professional for each position?

It’s important to choose a qualified professional when it comes to mental health services. Whether you need a Psychosocial Recovery Coach or Support Coordinator, be sure to look for someone with background knowledge in the field of mental health or experience working with individuals either recovering or struggling with mental health issues. Do your research and ask potential professionals whether they have relevant qualifications, review any accreditations held, and check references where available.