Facilitator and Champion 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.


If you would like to do the training and think you meet the eligibility criteria below – please complete this form.


The course is open to existing Facilitators, meeting participants interested in becoming Facilitators and people who intend to become ‘Champions’ under our Partnership scheme.

Prospective Champions will be working at a project site that is already or has committed to becoming a Partnership site. If your Partnership agreement is not yet signed off, we’ll look forward to you completing the first half of the course. As soon as the signed paperwork is received, you’ll be provided access to the second half.

About the online course

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. The course is designed to train Facilitators and Champions, though it might also be useful to meeting participants who want to simply deepen their understanding. 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 aimed specifically at people who want to be Facilitators or Champions. This course is also expected to take roughly 8-10 hours to complete.