SMART Recovery Online Events & Webinars

Helping Loved Ones Get Sober
A SMART Family & Friends Special Event

Saturday, March 21, 5:00 pm

Dr. Robert Meyers, creator of CRAFT
Dr. Jeffrey Foote, Director, Center for Motivation & Change
hosted by Dr. Tom Horvath, President, SMART Recovery

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SMART Recovery announces a new Special Event Webinar on how the Family & Friends of those with addiction can help those they love, while remaining sane and safe. The foremost experts in this field today, Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Foote, Ph.D. will join SMART President Tom Horvath, Ph.D. to discuss “the CRAFT approach”: How science, combined with compassion, can make a difference.

As friends and family members, our intimate connection should make us natural allies. However, we often don’t know how to talk with each other or work together when it comes to the emotionally intense issue of addiction.
SMART believes that Family & Friends deserve high-quality, compassionate and optimistic support of their own. We know it is possible to get sober. We believe loved ones can help, without becoming codependent, resorting to tough love or enabling. The tools of SMART and CRAFT work beautifully to encourage healthy, productive efforts towards an improved quality of life for all. SMART has been working to create a rich Family & Friends program that includes a vibrant online community, its own Handbook, and both online and f2f meetings. We invite you to learn more at

Dr. Robert Meyers has pioneered the study of how families can help support those with addiction and is a creator of CRAFT – Community Reinforcement and Family Training, a scientifically validated and widely acclaimed approach. He is an internationally renowned speaker and gives CRAFT training workshops all over the world. He has been in the field of addiction treatment for 38 years. He was on the faculty at the University of New Mexico and is currently director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D., & Associates.

Dr. Jeffrey Foote has over 25 years of extensive, well-recognized clinical research and experience in the addiction treatment. He is an expert in motivating clients for treatment.

Dr. Foote is Founder and Director, along with Carrie Wilkens, Ph.D., of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC), which helps both addicts and their loved ones.

Dr. Tom Horvath has been President of SMART Recovery for 18 of its 20 years. His addiction treatment practice, Practical Recovery, just celebrated its 30th anniversary.

SMART Recovery Special Event Webinars and podcasts are free to all who have interest in the topics of addiction and recovery.



Previous Events

Dr. Hank Robb - ACT SMART

Dr. Hank RobbSaturday January 31 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

WEBINAR: Integrating ACT into SMART Recovery
with Dr. Hank Robb

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You are invited to join us for our first Special Event Webinar of 2015 with Hank Robb, Ph.D., presenting: ACT SMART! Does ACT Work with SMART Recovery?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT for short and pronounced as a word rather than three separate letters, is one of several acceptance-based, “second generation,” cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT). ACT has generated considerable empirical research and is showing great promise, clinically. It has much in common with earlier CBT approaches such as REBT, including its focus on acceptance. Many of our professionals are finding its approach and tools intriguing and highly useful.  Dr. Robb is an expert in both ACT and REBT, and we have asked him to share ways in which some of the insight from ACT might fit with and perhaps expand the SMART principles and tools with which we may be more familiar.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a "psychological flexibility model" with 6 key concepts:

  1. • Self as Context
  2. • Acceptance
  3. • Defusion
  4. • Commitment
  5. • Values
  6. • Present Moment Awareness

These six can be captured in the question, "Given the difference between you and the stuff you are struggling with (thoughts and feelings), are you willing to have that stuff as it is, rather than what it seems to be – monstrous; and right here, right now, act in the service of the Big Picture you choose for your life?”

Dr. Hank Robb has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska and is a Supervisor for the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy, New York.  He is board certified in both Counseling Psychology and Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology and is certified in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use. In addition, he is an ACT Trainer. He previously served as President of the American Board of Counseling Psychology. 

Dr. Robb contributes regularly to SMART’s New & Views newsletter. He is a founding member of SMART Recovery and has just been re-appointed to its Board of Directors.

We are pleased to present this SMART Recovery Webinar, as a FREE Public Service.  We believe the general public and the SMART community will find the discussion of great interest.

SMART President Tom Horvath:  Questioning Stanton Peele

Presented by: Dr. Tom Horvath and Dr. Stanton Peele
Thursday, October 9th at 9:00PM EDT


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Stanton Peele and Tom Horvath Podcast

If you spend some time with Stanton Peele, it won’t take long to realize that he asks a lot of questions.  Here we have taken the opportunity to turn the tables, and Dr. Horvath will be the one with the questions!

There are several areas in which SMART’s focus and opinions and those of Dr. Peele differ.  For instance, according to W.R. Miller "The best predictors of relapse for people treated for alcohol problems are lack of coping skills and belief in the disease theory of alcoholism.”  Tom focuses on the former, Stanton on the latter.  Listen to the two of them discuss this difference in their focus -- and watch the fur fly!

This is an unparalleled opportunity to hear a truly broad-based discussion on addiction in the context of the latest in research and treatment by two unsurpassed experts.  We have no doubt that this will be a lively and intriguing discussion, and there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience as well.  This is a don’t miss!

Dr. Stanton PeeleStanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is a seminal figure in the addiction field.  Dr. Peele has been a pioneer in applying addiction beyond the area of drugs and alcohol, social-environmental causes of addiction, harm reduction, and self-cure of addiction.

Dr. Peele has developed the online Life Process Addiction Program. His most recent book, with Ilse Thompson, is Recover!: Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The PERFECT Program, available at Amazon. Since the publication of Love and Addiction in 1975, He has presented these ideas and data in a series of twelve books and over 250 professional and popular articles. All Treatment awarded him the Best Academic Addiction Blog for 2012.  Recognition for his academic achievements in addiction has included the Mark Keller Award from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drug Policy Alliance.  Dr. Peele lectures internationally on the meaning, treatment, and future of addiction.

Dr. Tom HorvathTom Horvath, Ph.D., is a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP).  He has been President of SMART Recovery® for over a decade and is the founder and president of Practical Recovery, a self-empowering addiction treatment system in San Diego. He is past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society on Addiction Psychology, the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists.  He is also the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions (listed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as a “Self-Help Book of Merit”). 


Behavioral Addictions:  A Look at Gambling and Eating Disorders

Presented by: Dr. Chris Tuell and Ann F. Hull, MSSW
Friday, July 18 at 8:00 pm EDT

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Podcast of Eating Disorders and Gambling Addictions

SMART Recovery is very pleased to present its new Special Event Webinar  "Behavioral Addictions:  A Look at Gambling and Eating Disorders" with Dr. Chris Tuell of The Lindner Center for HOPE in Cincinnati and Ann Hull of The Hull Institute in Cleveland

SMART believes that the principles and tools of our program can be applied to any maladaptive behavior.  There are characteristics, however, that distinguish some addictive behaviors from the alcohol and drug issues that we most frequently discuss. Eating disorders and gambling addiction are two such examples.

Both Dr. Tuell and Ms. Hull have devoted their careers to the study and practice of addictive behaviors, and we are pleased to have their expertise to provide support for those struggling with ED or gambling issues as well as education for our community and the public, so we can strengthen our knowledge, support and compassion for those who come to SMART. 

The Speakers

Chris Tuell, Ed.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Dr. Tuell has worked as a professional counselor in the field of mental health and addictions for the past 30 years. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. 

Dr. Tuell currently serves as Clinical Director of Addiction Services at the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, Ohio, and is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati. 

Linder Center for HopeHe serves as an instructor and lecturer at the university level, as well as for national, regional, and state level conferences and organizations on topics of chemical and behavioral addictions.

In addition, Dr. Tuell is certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, as well as by EMDRIA in EMDR.


Ann HullMs. Hull is Founder and President of The Hull Institute.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 22 years of experience, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, obesity and addictions.  Ann received her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating cum laude. 

As a public service, Ann served for 4 years on the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board of Governors, chairing the Planning, Programs and Oversight Committee. 

Hull InstituteAnn also facilitates free groups in the community and offers free consultation on eating disorders, obesity and corporate wellness to community mental health centers.  She belongs to several national eating disorders organizations, and she worked in the Cleveland Clinic's Eating Disorders Program until opening The Hull Institute in 2004. 

This will be a fascinating discussion for the SMART community and the general public.  Please share our invitation to attend with your friends, family and colleagues. 

"How Science and Kindness Help People Change"

Dr Jeffrey FootePresented by Dr. Jeffrey Foote
Saturday May 17 2014, 4:00-5:00 PM EDT


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SMART Recovery welcomes Dr. Foote as he speaks about the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) approach to helping families, which includes CRAFT, and introduces the CMC's best new tools to help our loved ones. 

The new book, Beyond Addiction, by Jeffrey Foote, Ph.D., Carrie Wilkens, Ph.D., Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D., and Stephanie Higgs is complimented by an amazing interactive web resources: The 20-Minute Guide – especially for parents.

The Center for Motivation and Change (CMC), wishes to:not only help everyone in the world access high-end, evidence-based treatment,” but also:

“To change the conversation.  From the language of stigma to the language of growth. From defects to strengths. From shame to pride and an open heart. From punishment and confrontation to an invitation to truly change. And to change that conversation, we rely on science and kindness.

Beyond Addiction and the 20 Minute Guide are already receiving high acclaim!

Dr. Foote is a nationally recognized clinical research scientist who has received extensive federal grant funding for his work on motivational treatment approaches. He has worked in the addiction treatment field as a clinician and researcher since the late 1980s, and has developed a unique motivational treatment approach that incorporates principles of group treatment as well as research-based principles of human behavior change.

Previously, Dr. Foote was the Deputy Director of the Division of Alcohol Treatment and Research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, as well as a Senior Research Associate at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) in NYC. Dr. Foote also served as Chief of the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center as well as Director of Evaluation and Research between 1994 and 2001. Dr. Foote was also team Psychologist for the New York Mets.

SMART Recovery is honored to welcome Dr. Foote and pleased to be able to offer this FREE event to its worldwide community and to the general public.


"How to Overcome Addiction in One Lesson"

Dr. Michael EdelsteinPresented by Dr. Michael Edelstein
Saturday April 12 2014, 12:00 Noon EDT

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This is a lesson for any harmful behavior – drugs, gambling, eating disorders, smoking, self-harm -- substance-related or not. Bring your questions! We think you’ll find, as one book reviewer noted, that: “Michael Edelstein cuts through the psychological jargon and makes clear how all of us can effect powerful changes in our psyches, in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones.”

Dr. Michael R. Edelstein is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years’ experience and has a private practice in San Francisco, offering in-person as well as telephone/Skype sessions. He is famous as the author of Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, with David Ramsay Steele, a self-help book for overcoming common emotional and behavioral problems. Most recently, he published Stage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America's #1 Fear, with Mick Berry, Therapy Breakthrough: Why Some Psychotherapies Work Better Than Others, with Richard Kujoth and David Ramsay Steele, and Rational Drinking: How to Live Happily With or Without Alcohol, with Will Ross. He is a long-standing SMART Recovery Volunteer.

Dr. Edelstein is a Training Supervisor and Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute. He holds a diplomate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy from, and is on the Board of Advisors of, the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. He is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. In addition, Dr. Edelstein lectures nationally and internationally, has appeared on television as well as over 300 radio shows, trains professionals, and has published in psychological journals. Dr. Edelstein’s website,, has rich resources and includes links to some of his past presentations. We are thrilled that he has so generously offered his time to join us.

St. Gregory's Non-12 Step Treatment CenterThis free webinar and podcast is made available by the generous sponsorship of the St. Gregory Retreat Center of Des Moines, Iowa.

SMART would like to thank the St. Gregory for its support of this event for the benefit of the public as well as the SMART Recovery Community.

Ed Garcia - Adventurous Living, Part II

Adventurous living with Ed GarciaFriday November 15 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

WEBINAR and NEW SERIES:  Adventurous Living Part II: Intimate Adventures
with REBT expert Ed Garcia, MA, CSW

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Ed Garcia Part 2

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Part II:  Intimate Adventures: Close Associations

In Mr. Garcia’s words: “Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and having a sense of belonging. It is a familiar and very close emotional connection with another person as a result of a bond that is formed through knowledge and experience with that person. Intimacy is highly desired and yet thwarted and rejected by many individuals. This segment of Adventurous Living will explore the various types of intimacy, as well as the issues that prevent many people from experiencing the joy of that feeling.”

Among many achievements, Mr. Garcia has an extensive and diversified background in the field of human behavior. He holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from New York University. His post graduate work was conducted at the Institute for Advanced Study in Rational Emotive Therapy, where Mr. Garcia worked extensively with Dr. Albert Ellis. He became a Fellow of the Institute and was appointed Co-Director of Clinical Training there, a position he held for five years until his move to Atlanta, GA, where he currently resides.

Mr. Garcia developed and appeared in a five hour TV presentation for PBS entitled Developing Emotional Muscle. He currently teaches at Emory University's Life Long Learning Institute, and he has hosted several Special Event Webinars for SMART Recovery® Online (available as free podcasts at He is a highly acclaimed speaker both within and beyond the SMART and larger REBT community.

Ed Garcia’s current "adventurous living" includes being a world adventure traveler, a sculptor, a photographer, mentoring young physicians on issues affecting the elderly, and volunteering at The Fernbank Museum of Natural History working with exotic snakes, lizards, and tarantulas. Watch for future series topics and dates, and please join us on the 15th!


Dr. Hank Robb - ACT-ing SMART

Dr. Hank Robb - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and SMART RecoverySaturday August 31 2013, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

WEBINAR: Integrating ACT into SMART Recovery
with Dr. Hank Robb

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Hank Robb on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


Join us as Hank Robb, Ph.D., one of SMART Recovery’s founding members, speaks about SMART Recovery and how ACT can fit into that framework.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) takes the view that trying to change difficult thoughts and feelings as a means of coping might can be relatively unhelpful, but new, powerful alternatives are available, including acceptance, mindfulness, cognitive defusion, values, and committed action ~ Steven Hayes, ACT creator. Dr. Robb brings a unique perspective as an expert in CBT, REBT, and as an ACT practitioner. Join us to hear him speak about topics such as:

* Being flexible WITH our thinking, versus being flexible WHILE we’re thinking.

* On the subject of “mindfulness”, is anyone really in favor of living life more mindlessly?

* And, finally, how about that distinction between “true” and “helpful.” This is a distinction that might prove – well – HELPFUL!

Dr. Hank Robb has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska (1978), and is a Supervisor for the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy, New York. He is board certified in both Counseling and Behavioral Psychology and is certified in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use.

He previously served as President of the Am. Board of Counseling Psychology and is listed as an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Trainer. Dr. Robb is a founding member of SMART Recovery and continues to write regularly for the SMART New & Views newsletter on topics related to cognitive behavioral (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

Robert J. Meyers - Help for Family & Friends

Dr. Robert J. MeyersWednesday July 31 2013, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT

WEBINAR: Help for Families & Friends
with CRAFT Creator Dr. Robert J. Meyers

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Dr. Meyers is co-creator of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach which provides a foundation for SMART’s program for Family and Friends. He is co-author of the book Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening, used extensively by SMART Recovery as a reference.

Get Your Loved One SoberSMART has found this a groundbreaking, effective approach directly in line with its own evidence-based views on helping those with addiction, and it has been received with great enthusiasm in our SMART community. The CRAFT approach provides a practical, compassionate framework for family interactions and getting people help for their addictive issues and creating lives worth living.

Two weekly online meetings are available for SMART Recovery Family & Friends (Mondays at 9:00 PM EDT and Thursday at 1:30 PM EDT) in its voice chat venue, and SMART has also began launching local Family & Friends meetings around the country, including Chicago IL, San Diego CA, Columbus MD, Belmont MA, Cincinnati and Mentor OH, and Portland OR in the past year with great attendance and response: SMART Recovery Family & Friends.


Dr. Meyers has been prominent in the addiction field for 37 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and is a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction. He has been involved in over a dozen clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, including Project Match and the Clinical Trials Network.

Bob MeyersDr. Meyers began his work with the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) in 1976. He also developed the new innovative "intervention" program used to engage resistant substance abusers to enter treatment – CRAFT - an evidence-based protocol, which has been shown to be superior to the “traditional” interventions in several randomized clinical trials. This work has led Dr. Meyers and CRAFT to be one of the 14 featured segments on the Emmy Award-winning HBO Addiction series. Dr. Meyers has also been featured in Oprah magazine for his outstanding work using the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA). He is an internationally known speaker and trainer who has delivered training on his methods throughout the United States and in countries around the world. For additional information about Dr. Meyers and his work, please see his website:

Both SMART Recovery and Dr. Meyers are pleased to offer information and support to the family and friends of those with addictive issues. We believe they can help in a non-confrontational, positive manner -- without nagging, pleading or threatening.


Checklists for Successful Recovery - The SRAS Tools

Presented by CBT Founder Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. and Julie Myers, Psy.D.
Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:00PM EDT

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SMART Recovery Webinar featuring Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. and Julie Myers, Psy.D. discussing checklists such as the SMART Recovery Activities Scale (SRAS.)

This exciting new tool can be used by participants and facilitators, as well as professionals, to help guide and assess the addiction recovery process. Dr. Meichenbaum, one of the founders of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), will be sharing with the audience his extensive knowledge and experience with such checklists in both self-help and therapy settings.

SMART Recovery participants have found the SRAS, created for our community by the speakers, to be helpful and grounding for participants and facilitators. The response since its introduction to our community has been highly positive, and we're are delighted to see a discussion of this practical, effective tool.

The SRAS has been newly updated and is available on the SMART Recovery website.

SMART Recovery, as well as Drs. Myers and Meichenbaum, believe that this webinar will be of tremendous value to all involved with or interested in the recovery community.

The Speakers

Donald Michenbaum Ph.D.Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). In a survey of clinicians, Dr. Meichenbaum was voted "one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." He retired as Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo 17 years ago to become Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association and has presented in all 50 U.S. States and internationally. He has published extensively. His most recent book is Roadmap to Resilience and more information can be found on his website at

Dr. Julie MyersJulie Myers, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in San Diego, who specializes in teaching self-regulatory strategies for coping with addictive behaviors, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. She is a Master Addiction Counselor, holds a Postdoctoral Masters Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology, and serves on the California Psychological Association, Psychopharmacology Division Board. Dr. Myers has been a long-time contributor to SMART Recovery and is the co-author with Dr. Meichenbaum of the SRAS. You can find her blog at

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