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.

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:
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Welcome to Weed Country

Many of our locals are located 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 do questions around its impact on our members and contractors.

This two-hour session will include relevant science and updated statistics to better 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 for the other half. Please be prepared to ask anything that is applicable to our members or that you are personally curious about.

Course Dates
  • August 26, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET

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 helping 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, 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 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET