SMART Recovery Training for Volunteers
Help your community overcome addiction by leading
Face-to-Face or Online SMART Recovery meetings. A
variety of training options and volunteer positions available.
Do you have a group of individuals (professionals or volunteers) who wish to become trained in the SMART Recovery program? Check out our group training options.
Come and learn with us! You can learn "on-the-go" no matter where you are or what device you're using. With Moodle Mobile (available for Android and iPhone/iPad mobile devices), you can access your training course at anytime... anywhere!
Dan Hostetler, Executive Director of Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center in Chicago, IL shares some of his own personal reflections and experiences in his role as a SMART Recovery meeting facilitator.
Join Dan and our world-wide team of volunteers in the quest to help people learn to help themselves. In doing so, you’ll not only be helping others “Discover the Power of Choice” … you’ll also experience the enduring, rewarding satisfaction that comes with being of service to others as a SMART Recovery volunteer!
Jim Braastad is the Training Program Manager/Coordinator for SMART Recovery. He has been with SMART Recovery since 2009. He came to SMART Recovery because AA was not a good fit for him. Jim has served in many volunteer roles including Message Board Volunteer on SMART Recovery Online (SROL), Message Board liaison for SROL and has been a part of the online training team since 2009. Jim is now the Online Training Program Manager/Coordinator. Jim believes in SMART Recovery’s focus on empowering people to “Discover the Power of Choice”. He hopes that as you move forward with your plans to help people help themselves, that you find time spent volunteering with SMART Recovery to be richly rewarding.
Katie Mackey is the E-Learning Coordinator at SMART Recovery. She began at SMART Recovery in 2018. She has fantastic technological skills along with a passion for helping others. Katie is a vital part of the National Office team and also works with SMART Recovery International where her work has been praised. Katie has seen how addiction can impact individuals and their families personally. Katie believes strongly that the training program offers the skills and information for a facilitator to be effective in meetings, but also for an individual to make everyday choices whether they are in recovery or not.
Sarah E. Lauzen found SMART Recovery while frantically looking for an alternative to AA/Quad A in January 2013. Sarah believes that everyone’s addiction is somewhat unique and that each person should be empowered to find what works for them in their recovery. For Sarah that was SMART Recovery. She believes that many people, like her, use substances and behaviors in an attempt to take control of their lives, and the unintended consequence of that is addiction. She is looking forward to getting to know you and to learn alongside you in your training experience.
The GSF 200: Meeting Host Training is our training program for individuals who wish to start a new hosted SMART discussion meeting.
The GSF 201: Facilitator Training is our training program for those seeking to volunteer and start a new (or take over an existing) SMART Recovery meeting in their community or online.
The GSF: 202 Family & Friends Training is an "add-on" training (prior completion of the Facilitator training being a prerequisite) for those who wish to start a SMART Recovery group for Family & Friends.
The GSF 203: Facilitator/Family & Friends Training is a "combo" course, containing both the GSF 201 and the GSF 202 trainings.
The GSF 301: SMART Recovery for Professionals course is a training offering for licensed health care professionals who wish to use SMART Recovery’s program and tools in their professional role and with patients. CEs are available.
If you wish to use a mobile device for your participation in the training, you’ll need to install the Moodle app on your device and enter the full training site address https://smartrecoverytraining.org/moodle/ to access. (Be sure to include the backslash on the end… you’ll get an error message without it.)
Continuing education credits are available to those who complete the GSF 301: SMART Recovery for Professionals training course. CEU's are also available for most of our Onsite and Zoom trainings courses.
In a standard meeting, the facilitator focuses the discussions on the specific issues attendees raise during the check-in portion of the meeting.
In a discussion meeting the meeting host uses one or more exercises based on handouts from the SMART Recovery Handbook centered on a specific SMART Recovery tool.
The training course offers online group meetings and SMART Meeting Management (SMM) meetings that you can attend as a trainee or graduate. You will receive detailed information for ongoing support within the training course.
All of the materials that you need to complete the training course are included in the online training portal.
SMART Recovery is unique in the way it supports those desiring to abstain from various forms of addictive behavior. The way we train individuals to become a SMART Recovery meeting facilitator is also unique. We believe our recovery concepts, tools, and meeting facilitation quality play a very significant role in helping individuals abstain from their addictive behavior and in developing life-long healthy self-management choices.
Our training will help you learn about multiple pathways to recovery. "Discover the power of choice!"
COME LEARN WITH US! Our training offerings will give you the knowledge, confidence, and support you need to start a SMART Recovery meeting in your community. Scroll through our training course offerings above to decide which training is right for you!