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 for directions.

In Person


This three-day session 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 SMART MAP 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
Session Information:

May 9-11, 2023

Travel in: May 8, 2023
Travel out: May 12, 2023

Location: Alexandria, VA

Registration for this session will close on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 5:00 PM Eastern.

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

Online course registration will close two weeks before each class date. A minimum of seven students must register before the deadline or the class will be subject to cancellation. If you register for a class that is cancelled, your registration will transfer to the next available course date.

Course Dates

April 11, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

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 for directions.