SMART Recovery Australia works closely with Aboriginal communities and organisations, having helped establish dedicated SMART Recovery meetings in various agencies and communities throughout the country.
SMART Recovery Australia National Program Coordinator Josette Freeman has had significant engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander projects over the past couple of months.
In May, Josette held a presentation on SMART Recovery at the Northern Territory AOD Sector Forum in Alice Springs. Following this, Josette provided Aboriginal-specific SMART training to staff at Banyan House in Darwin.
In July, Josette travelled to Nhulunbuy, located in furthest tip of the Northern Territory, where she provided a unique training course with staff at the Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation.
Upon her return to Sydney, Josette also represented SMART Recovery at the National Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week event.
SMART Recovery Australia runs a tailored facilitator training program specifically aimed at professionals who work Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander clients and communities. Contact head office if you’re organisation is interested in registering or finding out more about the training.
SMART Recovery Australia has also developed a specially adapted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SMART Recovery Participant Handbook. This was created in consultation with Aboriginal Team Leader, Jody Lloyd, as well as Aboriginal artist Jasmine Sarin, ensuring the text is culturally appropriate and accessible. You can purchase a copy of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander SMART Recovery Participant Manual here.