Monthly Archives: July 2011

Stay Current and Sound SMART

Posted on July 26, 2011

Continuing Education Opportunities for SMART volunteers
John11, SMART Recovery® Tool Training Host and Message Board Volunteer


Online Volunteer Training

How do SMART Recovery® volunteers and facilitators ensure they are providing the highest level of help to other SMART members? One way is to stay current by taking refresher courses. In my career, construction, I am expected to hold several certifications: first aid, fall protection, WHMIS, operator’s ticket for forklifts and various machines. All these licenses are only valid for 2 to 5 years and require costly refresher courses and re-certification. Pilots have to take periodic check rides with a flight instructor to keep their licenses.

Fortunately for SMART facilitators, volunteers and anyone considering volunteering in the future, ongoing tool training discussions are provided online and free of charge. These discussions may also be of great interest to family & friends (CSOs) of those with addictive behaviour. The goal of these discussions is to keep volunteers informed and up to date on Rational Emotive Behavior Theory (REBT) principles and practices. Past topics have included:

    • Motivational interviewing
    • The CBA ( simple method of evaluating the pros and cons of a behaviour)
    • The ABC (behaviour chain tool) for urge coping & for managing emotional upsets
    • The Stages of Change

The speakers at these sessions are very Continue reading

Flip The Tables On Your Procrastination Wheedler

Posted on July 19, 2011

New Anti-Procrastination eBook & “Flip Technique” by Dr. Bill Knaus
Dee, SMART Recovery® Special Events Coordinator


ProcrastinationWorkBookDr. Bill Knaus, clinical psychologist and foremost expert in the field of procrastination, has joined with SMART Recovery® to produce the first-ever online Anti-Procrastination Mini-Workshop.

As the author of over 20 books, Dr. Knaus’s expertise is vast, in a variety of psychological areas. He has written five separate books on procrastination, including The Procrastination Workbook – a definitive handbook for working through procrastination issues in a step-by-step approach.

The workshop meetings address the many ties and complications that procrastination presents in the pursuit of freedom from addictive behavior, as well as in practically every area of our lives. Dr. Knaus examines the roots of procrastination, how to recognize it, and how to combat it.

This groundbreaking series introduces many new materials, some of which have not yet been published elsewhere.

SMART is grateful to Dr. Knaus for the time, efforts and cutting edge resources he is sharing with our community.

Beat the Wheedler: Introducing the “Flip Technique”

In a recent Psychology Today article, Dr. Knaus suggests visualizing the source of our procrastination thinking and impulses as an imaginary character, such as the Procrastination Wheedler. Continue reading

REBT for People with Co-occurring Problems

Posted on July 12, 2011

Albert Ellis in the Wilds of Arizona
by Emmett Velten, PhD, & Patricia E. Penn, PhD
(with inspiration from the real Albert Ellis)
Professional Resource Press, 2010

Reviewed by A. Thomas Horvath, Ph.D.

REBTbyVeltenPerhaps you think Albert Ellis’ REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) involves the mindless but forceful repetition of a few simple concepts. This book should change your mind. REBT, presented by Velten and Penn as RAPT (Rational Assessment and Personalized Treatment), is capable of deeply responding to the complexities and nuances of life.

Just as medical illustrations can be a better teaching tool than actual photos, the authors’ constructed session ‘transcripts’ are an excellent tool for teaching the subtleties of REBT, particularly as applied to individuals with serious and combined substance and mental health problems. The transcripts are interspersed with highly helpful explanations of what is happening in the sessions and how it is being responded to.

The book is set as an imaginary visit to Arizona. Ellis visits several treatment settings and conducts ten demonstration sessions. Continue reading

Tracking Your Progress With SMART Recovery®

Posted on July 5, 2011

The SMART Recovery® Activities Scale (SRAS)
by Julie Myers, Psy.D. and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

SRASChecklistThe SMART Recovery® Activities Scale (SRAS) is a new tool to help those engaged with SMART Recovery®. The SRAS was developed by Julie Myers, Psy.D.1 and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.2 The SRAS is designed to be used by participants to assess how far they have come in their own addiction recovery. A separate version is available for use by facilitators and by professional therapists/counselors with their clients.

Professionals may wish to use the SRAS in order to:

1. Assess what SMART Recovery® activities clients have already engaged in and what SMART Recovery® beliefs they have embraced.

2. Assess the reasons why clients have, or have not, engaged in these activities (possible barriers, lack of motivation, confidence, or skills) and how these obstacles can be addressed. Continue reading