540 Using Scientifically Based REBT to treat Addictions with SMART Recovery

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The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in colaboration with the Brown University Distance Learning Program, is offering a credited, on-line course on using scientifically based REBT to treat addictions with SMART Recovery.

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) is a scientifically based approach to counseling that involves teaching people to counsel themselves. REBT was established in the 1950s by Albert Ellis (previously a psychoanalyst) as a technique born out of philosophy that enables people to change how they feel and behave by changing the way they think. It empowers the clients to counsel themselves and ultimately heal their emotional/behavioral disturbances. SMART Recovery born out of Rational Recovery was officially began operating in 1994. SMART has a variety of meeting approaches, meetings take place in the community, online, correctional facilities and all meetings are free. SMART Recovery is not disease model based, SMART sees addiction as a maladaptive behavior, which one can overcome using psychological/philosophic scientific tools.

This four week course will explore the following aspects of both REBT and SMART; the history and growth of REBT, the philosophical underpinnings of REBT, the SMART four point program and implementation of the techniques.

This course is intended for anyone in the addictions field looking for an adjunct approach to the disease model.

Goal: To introduce and teach science based/philosophical approaches to addiction treatment in an organized format.


John C. Gramuglia. MBA, LICSW, MLADC, LCS, is Clinical Services Coordinator for Eckerd Youth Alternatives in New Hampshire. He has worked in the behavioral health field for approximately 20 years, specializing in substance abuse with both juvenile and adult offenders. Mr. Gramuglia earned advanced certification in rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, working directly with Dr. Ellis. Using the principals of SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training), he authored the SMART Recovery Teen Manual, and facilitated the Inside Out SMART Recovery video for Inflexxion, developer of scientifically based programs designed to promote behavioral change. Mr. Gramuglia has extensive experience as an educator, and currently serves as a trainer on licensing preparation curriculum for the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Course Objectives

  • To educate people about the work of Albert Ellis and the introduction of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • To discuss the theoretical underpinnings of REBT and how they are used to teach clients to self counsel
  • To introduce the SMART Recovery approach to addictions and learn about the first two points of the SMART four point program
  • To introduce the SMART Recovery approach to addictions and learn about the second two points of the SMART four point program

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on April 11, 2011. Requirements are:

  • Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
  • Completion of pre and post test
  • Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
  • Participation in the weekly course forum
  • Completion of an on-line course evaluation

*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class home page on Tuesday and responses are due the following Monday. With the exception of the first weeks lesson which will be posted Monday with the responses due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant’s convenience.

A full refund is available up until April 19, 2011 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on April 11, 2011, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 educational credits. It is being provided by the Brown Distance Learning program, which is accredited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151).
  • This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for 8 Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC’s). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate.
  • The New York State OASAS does accept distance learning CEUs provided by institutions of higher learning for individuals pursuing or renewing a CASAC, CPP or CPS.

*Combined certificates are available upon request.

Certificates will be mailed within two weeks to participants in the program for its duration who submit all required materials.

Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of Brown Distance Learning contact hours.

To participate, you must have:

  • An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
  • Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher is the preferred browser for Brown DLP online courses
  • The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
  • A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 11, 2011 or when the course limit is reached.

To register for this course please log into your account or create your account then log into your account and click the Enroll in a New Course link at the bottom of your account page. On the Enrollment page select ‘540 Using Scientifically Based REBT’ using the pull down menu and click on the enroll button. Having enrolled into the course you will be prompted for payment. You may make your payment online or by regular mail. To view payment information please use the payment policies.

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