SMART Recovery Training for Professionals
Use SMART Recovery tools in your profession and community. Choose
the training format that best meets the needs and your organization.
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.
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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.
Melina Gilbert is the Volunteer Outreach Coordinator for SMART Recovery. Melina has worked at SMART since 2016 as a part time employee. In 2019 she accepted the full-time position of Volunteer Outreach Coordinator. Part of her role is to make sure all our SMART volunteers have the resources they need to start and maintain meetings. Being part of the training team has taught her so much about SMART and their dedication to our volunteers. The skills and tools that she learned while taking the facilitator training have been helpful not only in supporting her children with addictive behaviors, but also her communication and problem solving in general. Melina is so happy to be part of such an amazing family of volunteers, staff, and board members.
Gloria Garrison found SMART Recovery through her son who introduced her to SMART because of his 2 DUI experiences. She has seen both sides of recovery. She is in recovery herself and now is a parent of a son with alcohol issues. Gloria entered her 70th year in 2015 and has more purpose now than ever before. After nine years of caregiving for her parents she decided not to wait until her life was perfectly adjusted to take facilitator training. She believes her life has taken on new meaning since completing the training in 2015 and wants to give back and pay it forward.
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.
Gayeanne "Sam" Lester has volunteered for SMART Recovery since 2005 as an Online Facilitator, Facilitator Liaison and a team member of the Online Facilitator’s Get SMART Fast training course. Since 2016 she has been conducting Onsite Facilitator Training at facilities for the two-day training course. Sam shares, “Throughout the years, I have always enjoyed being a part of the SMART Recovery community, not only for others but for my own wellbeing. When I am not ‘doing SMART Recovery’, I enjoy my time with our two adult boys and their families while working as a professional photographer.”
Kevin Minnick has been an addictions professional for 30 years in all phases of the field. His involvement with SMART Recovery began in the late 90’s and continued to where he is now, serving as the Chair of the Regional Coordinators Committee. He has served as a volunteer for United Way and other local non-profits in the Indianapolis area over the last 12 years. He is currently a Court Treatment Specialist for the State of Indiana and Hancock County Government.
Yes, there are CE credits available for SOME of our training course offerings. SMART Recovery, USA is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (Provider #86948) and CE credits are available for some of our training course offerings.
The courses and offerings which CE credits are available will be indicated specifically within the course description and will also be designated with the NAADAC Approved Education Provider logo displayed on the left.
There is a 150-day enrollment period upon registration.
A listing of the organizations and boards that NAADAC continuing education (CE) hours are accepted can be found here.
NOTE: There may be other licensing boards or organizations not listed where NAADAC's Continuing Education offerings meet the standards for acceptance. Due diligence should be performed to assure these CEs will be accepted by your board or licensing authority.
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!