SMART Recovery Online Events & Webinars
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Past Event Information Below
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"How to Overcome Addiction in One Lesson"
Listen to a podcast of this past event
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, www.ThreeMinuteTherapy.com, 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.
This 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
WEBINAR and NEW SERIES: Adventurous Living Part II: Intimate Adventures
with REBT expert Ed Garcia, MA, CSW
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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 smartrecovery.libsyn.com. 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!
Saturday August 31 2013, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
WEBINAR: Integrating ACT into SMART Recovery
with Dr. Hank Robb
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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).
Wednesday 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.
SMART 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.
Dr. 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: www.robertjmeyersphd.com.
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
This Event is Completed
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.
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 www.melissainstitute.org. 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 www.roadmaptoresilience.org.
Julie 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 www.DrJulieMyers.com.
Please note: This session will be recorded and may be made available shortly after on SMART Recovery’s podcast site: www.smartrecovery.libsyn.com.
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