Welcome to our "Get SMART FAST" Training Program… we're glad to have you joining us! Thank you for taking this step to become a SMART Recovery Facilitator or Volunteer!
Our “Get SMART FAST” Facilitator training course has been created to provide you with the necessary knowledge of SMART Recovery and our 4-Point Program®, allowing for you to proceed capably, comfortably (and authoritatively) in your upcoming role as a SMART Recovery Facilitator or Volunteer.
Once you’ve received your training account and access information and you’ve logged into the training site and course, you’ll find the various segments of the training course. All of the training materials and content is provided online, within the course. In the most basic of terms, you'll be “clicking” your way through the course, progressing from one segment to the next. There are different ways in which to navigate within the course, either by using the "Navigation" block, by clicking or “jumping” to the segment(s) within the course, or through the “breadcrumbs” at the top of the webpage. The course is set up to track of your progress; after you’ve clicked on an activity or link and reviewed the content, a completion “check-mark” will appear next to it.
The training course has been designed with each segment providing the basis and foundation for the next, so please review the training materials in the order they are given. Each segment contains various materials for your study and review. Once you’ve reviewed all the materials, you’ll complete the segment training exercise. These exercises will help solidify what has been presented in the training materials, and allow you to apply what you've learned. Upon posting your answers (and after a 1-minute “editing” period), you’ll be able to review the answers submitted by your classmates.
When submitting your answers to the training exercise, you become “subscribed” to the forum and you’ll receive a daily email digest of subsequent posts made. If you’ve chosen not to receive these emails via the settings in your account profile, we do ask that you take the time to go back and review the answers submitted by others. We’ve found this “open book” format provides for an expanded learning experience gained from the thoughts and perspectives of others. After completing the training exercise, you’ll review the answers we provide and then complete the segment quiz. Once you’ve completed the quiz, the next training segment “opens” and you’ll repeat the same process in the next segment.
Included in the training exercises are some “optional” activities. While not required, we do hope you participate in them. One of the optional activities is the “Treasure Hunts”, where a clue is given relating to a post, article or something found on the SMART Recovery Online (SROL) Message Board. Some of the “treasure hunts” are for learning, as they contain a worthwhile “SMART” thought or concept; others are on the lighter and fun side (though you may just learn something as well!) Despite the seriousness of the issues found and dealt with on the Message Board, there is also a lot of fun and humor shared; we’re trying to interject some “fun” into your training as well!
Another optional activity listed is the posting of replies to other online member’s posts on the Message Board. For those taking the training to become face-to-face meeting Facilitators, you might be wondering, “Why should we do this? It's got nothing to do with the facilitating of a face-to-face meeting!” This may appear to be the case, but we do have reasons for including these in the training. The posting of replies to SROL participants provide an avenue to apply what you’re learning and you’ll be helping others at the same time. Practice is practice! This “practice” will help you become familiar with the application of the SMART tools in real-life situations, albeit in an online environment.
These optional activities involve the exploration of the Message Board, where you may come across individuals with specific issues you may not encounter in a face-to-face meeting. We’re hoping that from this exploration, you’ll discover the wealth of information and resources available, and that you’ll continue to use the Message Board after you’ve completed the training. We also hope you’ll promote its use as an additional “tool” available to your meeting attendees for the time between your meetings. The Message Board and Chat Room is available 24/7/365 and we have various online meetings available every day of the week. (NOTE: A separate registration and account is required to access SROL)
At the top of the training course main page are the various general discussion forums, one being the “feedback from others. The “Hints, Tips & Tricks” and “Other Stuff” forums contain additional information which may be helpful to you. We hope you will utilize these various forums for additional interactions with your fellow classmates. In the past, we’ve found these additional discussions and interactions have added significantly to the overall learning experience of the training.” forum. Any updates or other information relating to the training session will be posted there. The “Got Questions??? Comments???” forum is where you can post any general questions or comments you may have. The "Let's Talk About It!" forum is a place you can post about any specific topics you'd like to discuss or get
Like the SMART Recovery program itself, there’s a strong element of "self-management" in our training program. We’ve estimated the self-study portion to take approximately 30 hours to complete. The training spans over approximately 8-weeks, typical sessions being 55 – 60 days, start to finish. Please keep this time frame in mind and schedule your training time accordingly. All coursework needs to be completed within the session time frame—there are no extensions past the session closing date. Participation/completion is expected throughout the session; extended periods of inactivity without progress may result in your training account being suspended. There are two optional “live” training meetings that wrap up and complete the training session.
REVISED: OCTOBER 2017