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SMART Conference 2017 “Rising Strong”

Posted on July 11, 2017

Join us September 22-24 in Ft. Lauderdale
by Bill Greer, SMART Board Member

We are looking forward to seeing you in sunny Florida at #SMARTcon2017 as we celebrate National Recovery Month.

Under the theme Rising Strong, the 2017 SMART Recovery Annual Conference features numerous training and learning opportunities for SMART meeting facilitators, recovery professionals and others dedicated to helping people overcome addictions.

The theme recognizes SMART’s exponential growth to more than 2,400 weekly meetings in over 20 countries – up from less than 700 as recently as 2011.

 

The event will take place September 22-24 at the GALLERYone DoubleTree Suites hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The program highlights:

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2013 Volunteer Recognition

Posted on October 22, 2013

Annual Conference Recap

2013 Annual ConferenceThe 2013 SMART Annual Conference was held in San Diego this year, at the beautiful Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn. The conference was well attended with many states and many countries represented: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, Scotland and the USA. Attendees included members of the Board of Directors — President Tom Horvath, Elaine Appel, Patrick Garnett, Joe Gerstein, Lorie Hammerstrom, Brett Saarela, Claire Saenz, and Shari Allwood, Executive Director.

Day 1:

Many attendees took advantage of the planned tour of the San Diego area in the afternoon. The official kick-off of the conference began in the evening with a pleasant light dinner, and the hysterically funny SMART Jeopardy game that has become a tradition. Gameplay was spirited and lively.

Day 2:

The following day included a packed schedule of presentations and discussions on recent research findings, mindfulness, regional and international SMART Recovery developments and tool updates. The afternoon was concluded with an address from Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery on future growth plans.

The highlight of the evening was a fabulous dinner provided by the Aton Center in San Diego. Conference attendees enjoyed socializing over appetizers on the deck overlooking the marina at the San Diego Bay Club, followed by dinner and the 2nd Annual SMART Recovery Community Awards Recognition Ceremony.

The evening ended with a brief award ceremony in which the following volunteers were recognized:

    2013 Volunteer of the Year: Jim Brastaad
    2013 Volunteer of the Year: Jill O’Neil

    2013 Leadership Award: Darren Ripley

    Joseph Gerstein Award for Exemplary Service: Long-term volunteer Dee Cloward was awarded the The Joseph Gerstein Award for Exemplary Service to SMART Recovery. This award was created in 2012 in honor of SMART Recovery’s Founding President, Dr. Joe Gerstein.

Day 3:

The final day of the conference started with an engaging and thought provoking presentation from Dr. David Saenz on Locus of Control and Empowerment, followed by facilitator presentations and a round table of questions and answers to a panel of Master Facilitators.

The was a valuable opportunity for SMARTies from all over the world to touch base in person to celebrate SMART, talk about the future and make new friends.

Said one attendee: “I didn’t know what to expect, but I was truly impressed by the quality and “meatiness” of the presentations and the friendliness, warmth and devotion of all the attendees I met. It was great to share and get the perspective of other SMART facilitators and the founders of SMART, which gave me a boost in enthusiasm and pride for what we do.”

Thank you

We appreciate the efforts of all who attended the 2013 conference and are already looking forward to the 2014 Conference.

We are grateful to our sponsors: Aton Center, Muscala Chemical Health Clinic, Practical Recovery, Prominence Treatment and Sunset Malibu, who made this conference possible.


Missed it?

Selected videos and slide-shows from the conference are available online.



Join the Fun! Full Day of Speakers and Online Auction

Posted on October 11, 2011


SMART Recovery® Online Hosts 14th Annual Fall FUNdraiser on November 5th, 2011

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The SMART Recovery Online community is excited to again host its annual fall FUNdraising event, featuring a lineup of outstanding speakers and a fabulous array of auction items donated by SMART Recovery volunteers and participants. Speakers include recovery experts, book authors, professors, therapists, the founding President of SMART Recovery. A wide array of recovery topics will be explored throughout the day.

Fall FUNdraiser

Guest Speakers:
Speaker Schedule – all times Eastern Daylight

8:00 a.m. – Bill White, MA, Author, SMART Recovery® International Advisory Council, The Changing Culture of Recovery in America, hosted by Knittingkris

9:00 a.m. – Dr. Michael Edelstein, clinical psychologist, author of Three Minute Therapy, The REBT Roots of SMART Recovery®, hosted by Dee

10:00 a.m. – Jonathon Von Breton, Counselor, MA, LMHC, LCDP, An Insider’s Guide to the ABCs, hosted by Aeptennislvr

11:00 a.m. – Dr. Henry Steinberger, Psychologist, MSSW, Ph.D., APA-CPP, Acceptance: The ABCs of REBT Version 2.0, hosted by Jib

12 Noon – Bill Knaus, Ed.D., Clinical psychologist, bestselling author of 25 books on practical applications of psychology, including End Procrastination Now, Procrastination & ADD/ADHD, hosted by Ohansen

1:00 p.m. – Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP, SMART Recovery Growth in Australia, the UK and Africa: Compared with the US, hosted by Bill_D

2:00 p.m. – Anne Fletcher, author of Sober for Good and Thin for Life, Many Routes to Recovery, hosted by MomRox

3:00 p.m. – Steve Gumbley, Director of NE Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown U., MA, LCDP, Being a Face in Voice of Recovery, hosted by JvB

4:00 p.m. – Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D., internationally known speaker and trainer on CRA/CRAFT, author of Get Your Loved One Sober, CRAFT and Trust Issues, hosted by TwoPutts

5:00 p.m. – Dr. Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP, Being Where You Are and Doing What’s Important, hosted by GJBXVI

6:00 p.m. – Final Auction moments…WHO will win WHAT???

7:00 p.m. – Auction Bidding ends at 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – Telethon – All lines are open for donations at the Central Office Toll free: 866-951-5357

8:00 p.m. – Volunteer Hour and SMART Birthday Celebration Finale! hosted by Kalar

The closing events of the FUNdraiser will be from 6 to 9 p.m. as we close out our online FUNdraising auction of items donated by SMART participants. Many of the donations are hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items and come from a variety of countries. A few of the many items available: handcrafted jewelry, an Australian Didgeridoo, hand-painted travel mugs, autographed books, an autographed Yankees baseball, a vibrant painting, beautiful photography … and more! Slide show preview of auction items . Bidding closes at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a telethon beginning at 7 p.m. and Volunteer Hour and SMART Online Birthday Celebration in the chat room beginning at 8 p.m.

Please Join Us: Our speakers will be hosted in The SMART Room – one of SMART Recovery Online’s voice chat rooms, November 5, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT. To access the SMART Room: Register for SMART Recovery Online. If you would like to attend our speaker event, we recommend registering in advance. Once registered, access the SMART Message Board and when logged in, select “SMART Recovery Chat and Meeting Rooms” – from the blue drop-down bar near the top left of the page. From there, you can select The SMART Room. (Microphones are not required, but sound and a keyboard are necessary to participate in the presentation.) More Info: Registration Accessing the SMART Room

All funds raised during the FUNdraiser are used to keep SMART Recovery Online growing and thriving. Contributions are tax deductible and donors will receive a thank you and an “official” letter for tax deduction purposes at the end of the year.

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