"Get SMART FAST" Distance Training Program
SMART Recovery® offers an online Distance Training Program for individuals who are interested in joining us to become one of the ever-growing number of our SMART Recovery® meeting Facilitators or Volunteers. Our training program is provided for individuals who are planning to start a new (or to facilitate an existing) SMART Recovery® face-to-face or online meeting within 3 months of their training, or for those who are becoming a SMART Recovery® Online (SROL) Volunteer.
The Get SMART FAST (Facilitator And Support Team) training program and course has been created to provide our training participants with the necessary knowledge of SMART Recovery® and the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program®, allowing them to proceed capably and comfortably in their role as a SMART Recovery® meeting Facilitator or Volunteer.
Note: For UK and Australian trainees, see our International Training Links.
The Get SMART FAST course consists of 30 hours of information-packed self-study provided in our Distance Training platform to prepare you to start, facilitate and promote SMART Recovery meetings with confidence.
The training materials are presented in various multi-media formats, including video presentations and reading materials which guide you through the course. The Distance Training Team is on hand throughout, supporting you with online forum discussions, while the training exercises and handy reviews let you measure your progress with the completion of each of the training segments.
Two live training meetings take place in each training session, following the completion of the self-study coursework. The first meeting consists of multiple role play scenarios and exercises presented for discussion and application of the SMART Recovery tools and techniques. The final meeting, which is a presentation by and a Question & Answer session with SMART Recovery President Dr. Tom Horvath, PhD wraps up and completes the training.
Training sessions take place monthly. Registrations for the upcoming training session are taken through the 15th of the month immediately prior to the monthly session. Any registrations received after the deadline will be placed in the next available training session.
For example, registrations for the January training session are taken through December 15th. Registrations received after December 15th will be placed in the February training session.
(Registering a group? Please contact our Central Office for assistance.)
There is a $75.00 non-refundable registration fee to help cover some of the costs associated with providing the training.
On-Site Training for Professionals
Looking to get the staff at your rehab or counseling center quickly up to speed with SMART Recovery?
SMART Recovery offers professional on-site training for
staff and groups.
Call us toll free at 866-951-5357 for more information.
Upon the successful completion of the training and the receipt of your Volunteer Registration Form containing your meeting information by the Central Office, you will receive a Meeting Starter Kit (a $45 value) consisting of 4 DVDs, a SMART Recovery® Handbook, and a SMART Recovery® hat to use when "passing the hat" at your meeting. The SMART Recovery® Facilitator's Manual is available as a free downloadable PDF when you register for the training. (If you wish, you may also purchase a printed copy in our online Bookstore.) This complimentary Meeting Starter Kit is just a small token of our sincere appreciation and gratitude for your help in expanding the reach of SMART Recovery® to your area.
We are continually striving to increase the number of SMART Recovery® meetings that are available to individuals who may benefit from our program. At the 2012 Annual Conference held in Chicago, we announced our goal of having 5000 meetings available by the year 2020. It is people just like you who will turn our goal into a reality, and we are looking forward to your participation!
Training Program Outline and Requirements