“While our Distance Training Program has continuously received high marks from our training participants, we knew we weren’t able to keep up with the increased demand for the training. We were in a situation where individuals expressing a desire to train to start a SMART Recovery meeting were being told they had to wait up to three months before being able to attend a training session”, said Jim Braastad, Volunteer Distance Training Program Coordinator. “It’
Using a team of volunteers, Jim and Distance Training Team members began exploring various options, with the goal to increase the both the availability and the flexibility of the program for training participants.
September will debut the new “Get SMART FAST” (Facilitator and Support Team) Distance Training Program utilizing the online Moodle training platform. The use of this new format will allow for training sessions to take place every month, instead of every other month as in the past. Training participants will view all reading materials, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations, and other training materials online. Upon completion of the “study” portion, participants will attend two “live” meetings, taking place in the voice Distance Training meeting room on the SMART Recovery Online (SROL) Message Board. The first meeting is a role-play of a SMART Recovery meeting, where trainees take on the various roles of individuals and participants of a SMART Recovery meeting. The final meeting, consisting of a presentation and Q & A session with SMART Recovery President Dr. Tom Horvath, wraps up and completes the training session.
“We believe this new training platform will meet the increasing demand for the training of our online and face-to-face meeting Facilitators, online Message Board and Chat Volunteers well into the future”, said Dr. Horvath. “A number of volunteers participated in a ‘test-run’
In addition to those volunteers participating in the “trial run”, access to the new platform was also provided to the participants of the (final) session utilizing the “old” training format. In comparing the two, one training participant stated: “I just now had a chance to take a peek and I am blown away! It is excellent! The format is very approachable and well organized … I was immediately drawn in and engaged. I am envious of the opportunity your future students have with this new format…” Another stated, “Things look really good for the new “Get SMART Fast” program. You and others have done a great job on this and I wanted to show my appreciation, since creating training materials is part of my business…”
If you are interested in becoming a SMART Recovery meeting Facilitator or assisting with any of our online activities, please visit our website at www.smartrecovery.org for additional information on our volunteer opportunities and our “Get SMART FAST” Distance Training Program.
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