During the six years since the launch of our online “Get SMART FAST” training program in September 2011, interest in SMART Recovery and the participation in our training program has experienced significant growth. As a result, we “outgrew” our previous website and training platform.
In December, our new “Get SMART FAST” training program Online Learning Center website at https:// smartrecoverytraining.org/ was launched, bringing with it a new “tiered” training program and course offerings.
Our “Get SMART FAST” (Facilitator And Support Team) Training Program courses have been designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge of SMART Recovery and its 4-Point Program for you to proceed capably and comfortably in your role as a SMART Recovery volunteer… no matter what that “role” might be! No matter which SMART Recovery volunteer role it is that you wish to pursue, we’re here to work with you and provide you the training to make it happen!
There are currently two “tiers” in place, with additional tiers and course offerings being planned and developed:
TIER 1: Get SMART FAST Host & Advanced Host Training
Each of the Tier 1 training courses are tailored to the specific situation and your desired entry-level volunteer role, providing you with the needed knowledge and resources to proceed comfortably and capably in your meeting host, co-host, or in a SMART Recovery Online (SROL) message board, chat, or online Meeting Helper volunteer role:
• Get Smart Fast 101: Host / Co-Host
Upon completing this training course, you’ll be authorized to Host or Co-Host an existing SMART Recovery meeting (under the guidance and supervision of the meeting Facilitator) using the provided discussion meeting format. SMART Recovery discussion meetings are designed to support individuals in their journey to overcome an addiction and provide a platform for lively and helpful group discussions.
• Get Smart Fast 102: Advanced Host
When completing this advanced host training, you’ll be authorized to start and host a NEW SMART Recovery discussion meeting in your area, or become a SMART Recovery Online (SROL) online meeting helper, message board, or chat volunteer. During this training, you’ll gain the needed skills to recognize and ask for topics to discuss, be able to identify and apply a SMART tool relevant to the topic, and provide questions based on the SMART Recovery tools. You’ll also be provided with information for getting a new SMART Recovery discussion meeting started and underway.
As you become comfortable in your new meeting host or other volunteer role, you may desire to become more involved in helping others. When that time comes, we encourage you to move up to the next level (tier) and complete the Facilitator training course on Tier 2. In doing so, you’ll obtain a deeper knowledge and stronger understanding of the SMART Recovery program and the application of the SMART tools. You’ll also gain additional meeting management skills and strengths to proceed capably in the advanced role of a SMART Recovery Facilitator.
TIER 2: Get SMART FAST Facilitator Training
Our most popular training, the Facilitator training course provides you with an in-depth, comprehensive training on the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program, the SMART Recovery tools… and MORE!
• Get Smart Fast 201: Facilitator
Our Facilitator training course is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge of SMART Recovery and its 4-Point Program for you to proceed capably, comfortably (and authoritatively) in your role as a SMART Recovery meeting Facilitator. It is a requirement of all our meeting Facilitators– whether face-to-face or online—to complete this training program course, where you’ll review the various video presentations, reading materials, videos, and complete segment training exercises and quizzes. All of the training materials are provided online within the training course, requiring no additional purchase of course materials.
• Get Smart Fast 202: Family & Friends
Being an “add-on” module to the Facilitator training, this additional training is for meeting Facilitators who desire to provide a support group for those individuals having a loved one with an addictive behavior. Upon completing this additional “add-on” module to the required Facilitator training course, you’ll be able to provide a Family & Friends meeting to address the specific issues encountered when a family member or friend tries to reach out and help a loved one affected by addiction.
Come and learn with us! You can make a difference and touch the lives of many people in your community by expanding the reach of SMART Recovery to your area. When doing so, you’ll become a community leader who’s providing a vital service with proven methods and resources to individuals who are seeking help to overcome an addictive behavior. You’ll be empowering people by helping them learn how to help themselves… providing them with an opportunity to “Discover the Power of Choice.”
For additional information on our training program courses and program offerings, please visit our new “Get SMART FAST” Training Program and Online Learning Center website at https://smartrecoverytraining.org/
We’ll be thrilled to have you come and learn with us!
Training Program Manager
Each April, SMART Recovery celebrates Volunteer Month as a way to recognize the efforts of our many dedicated volunteers and encourage others to help meet the demand to bring SMART Recovery to others.
A number of scholarships for local and online volunteers are available each April for those who require financial assistance to cover the cost of SMART Recovery FAST Online Training.
Experience the rewards of helping others make a difference in their lives!