Facilitator Training

One of the differences between SMART Recovery and most other approaches to mutual aid is the need for the meeting Facilitators to be trained.


The SMART Recovery Facilitator training course is open to individuals who are either: –

  1. Interested in volunteering for UK SMART Recovery and wish to set up a free-standing meeting in their local community; or
  2. Working or volunteering for an organisation that is a member of our Partnership Scheme.


If you wish to be enrolled on the training and you meet the eligibility criteria you will need to: –

  1. Set up a SMART Recovery Community Account (if you have not already done so)
  2. Complete the training application form here
  3. Await confirmation from our Volunteer Training Co-ordinator that you have been enrolled (please allow 24 hours)

About the training

The training site is only available if you are registered and logged in via the community. When you are logged in, the training is available from the ‘Training’ menu.

The course is in two parts and uses a variety of learning materials. This includes over 15 videos (mostly 5 to 15 minutes long), reading material, exercises and a quiz after each section to reinforce the learning. Most of the learning can be structured to the learner’s own timetable.

‘Getting SMART’ provides a thorough introduction to SMART Recovery, including key underlying theory and most of the key tools.  This course is expected to take roughly 8-10 hours to complete.

‘SMART Facilitator’ builds on the first course and focuses specifically on the process of facilitating the meeting. With additional videos (stepping through a meeting) and reading materials.  This course is also expected to take roughly 8-10 hours to complete.