I like that SMART is strengths-based, harm-minimising and let's people decide when they're ready to do the work towards making a change. It's practical and a really important part of the jigsaw of letting people do what they need to do to get ready to milk life for all that it's worth.
I love working with switched on people who really want to make a difference. The intensity of it is also a bit like speed dating. In the beginning, everyone is a stranger to each other, reticent and a bit shy. After two days of training, that's no longer ever the case. People are endlessly surprising.
I love SMART because it can be applied to anyone who wants to make change. It doesn’t matter if you have an issue with alcohol or drugs or you just want to make changes around a healthier lifestyle (or my Netflix binges). You can apply the SMART principles to your life. I really love seeing participants come into the meetings with a purpose and leaving with a plan. Seeing people equip themselves for a more fulfilled life is a great privilege to be part of.
I really enjoy seeing those who attend training grow and develop even in such a short space of time. Being a facilitator of SMART isn’t easy and even though some may feel overwhelmed to begin with it is amazing to see them ‘get it’ and start to apply some new skills and go onto to running their own groups.
I like the simplicity of SMART Recovery. It is very practical and solution-focused and I like the fact that people can get it very easily. It is rewarding to see people making changes, no matter how small.
I love meeting new people and I enjoy the challenge of training people that I have no idea who or what they are like. Mostly this is a very positive experience. It is good to see the group cohesion after the 2 days of training and their appreciation that they have learnt a new program and new skills.