The following classes are available for SMART and SMACNA members to attend.

Class size is limited to 25 seats for intimacy and confidentiality, so please reserve your spot as soon as registration is available.

If you do not have a SMART member number, and want to attend classes, please email azambetti@smohit.org for directions.

In Person

SMART MAP Training  

This three-day training offers theoretical knowledge and the practice of basic skills necessary for crisis intervention. This is an important program for our members and is led by Chris Carlough, SMART International Organizer/SMART MAP Program Coordinator.

The core components that comprise MAP training are:

    • SMART MAP Overview
    • Addiction: The Disease Model
    • Relapse Sequence
    • Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing
    • Confidentiality and Ethics for Peer Representatives
    • Communication
    • Legal Issues
    • Weed Inc.: The Colorado Experiment
    • Navigation of the Health Insurance/Treatment Center World
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Aftercare Programs that Work for a Lifetime
    • Changing the Culture of Our Union: Ending the Stigma of Addiction
Course Dates:

Registration has now closed. Stay tuned for future courses.

Online

Welcome to Weed Country

Welcome to Weed Country

Many of our locals are in states where recreational and/or medical marijuana are allowed under state law. As the list of states allowing the use of marijuana grows, so does the list of questions about its impact on our members and contractors.

This two-hour session will include relevant science and updated statistics to help you navigate this new and often confusing landscape. This interactive session will be led by Ben Cort, our resident expert on cannabis and treatment. Ben will present for roughly half of the session and answer questions during the other half. Please be prepared to ask anything applicable to our members or that you are personally curious about.

Course Dates

August 26, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

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Q&A With Ben and Chris

Q&A With Ben and Chris

Join Chris Carlough and Ben Cort for a two-hour session on questions and answers related to mental health. Typically, at the end of their other courses, Chris and Ben will answer questions about mental health, addiction and stress management, to name a few topics. In response to demand, they will hold this open-format, online session completely dedicated to answering any and all of your questions. Questions submitted before the event will be given priority.

Course Dates

October 12, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

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Managing Stress

Managing Stress

The lives of our members and leaders are hectic and stressful, and we know this nonstop pace can lead to various physical and mental health problems as well as reduced productivity. This two-hour class, led by Ben Cort and Chris Carlough from the SMART MAP team, will briefly look at the issues associated with excessive stress, then focus on what we can do to manage that stress. Expect to answer questions from the instructors and work on your own personal plan to manage stress, by developing and applying the practice of self-care in practical and effective ways.

Course Dates

December 14, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

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Mental Health Break

Mental Health Break

As union leaders, maintaining our own mental health and wellness has become vital in the work we do. With so many of our members facing mental health crises, we need to be aware of strategies to take care of ourselves and to provide support for friends, family and colleagues who are experiencing challenging times. This session of the Mental Health Break will be led by licensed therapist Chris Williams, from Orange County, California, along with Ben Cort and Chris Carlough from the SMART MAP team, who will lead the discussion as a processing group as well as offer timely suggestions and guidance to improve our mental health. We encourage participants to attend ready to talk openly and honestly about mental health and the difficulties we are all facing.

“Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain, and you feel the rain, but most importantly, you are not the rain.” — Matt Haig

Course Dates

September 21, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

This interactive, two-hour class will be led by Chris Carlough and Ben Cort and will cover the basics of how to approach and speak with members and other loved ones who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. We have heard from our members that even after our extended training, they can still struggle with this skill in the moment. In this course, we will discuss real-world cases and role-play certain situations to help participants feel more comfortable.

Course Dates

November 16, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

You must be logged in to register for this course.

If you do not have a SMART member number, and want to attend classes, please email azambetti@smohit.org for directions.