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Training and Presentations

Recovery Ally Training

The Recovery Ally Training program was developed by the Center for Students in Recovery as another way to support students in recovery on the UT Austin campus.

Upon completion of the Recovery Ally Training, a participant will be able to:

  • Describe the science of substance use disorders and recovery,
  • Demonstrate how to have a conversation with a person who seems to be struggling with substance use,
  • Demonstrate how to effectively express support for a student in recovery, and
  • Describe on- and off-campus resources.

The full training (90 minutes) includes role-play and small group interaction.

A short version of the training (50 minutes) that does not include role-play or small group activities is available for classroom settings.

This training is designed to reduce stigma toward people with substance use disorders or who are in recovery, and to increase awareness about the millions of individuals living in healthy recovery across the country. You can help make campus a more recovery-friendly place.

The Recovery Ally Training dates for the fall semester are listed below. To sign up for a virtual training, fill out this form.

  • Friday 9/10 from 9-10 am
  • Friday 10/1 from 12-1 pm
  • Friday 11/5 from 3-4 pm

Request a training for your group!

We will do our best to accommodate your requested date and time, but due to the limited availability of trainers during this early phase, we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate all requests. Request a training.


What is SMART Recovery?

Our Center offers virtual 30-minute introductory presentations to SMART Recovery and SMART Recovery Family & Friends, two weekly drop-in meetings offered by our Center. What is Smart Recovery? will introduce staff, students, and faculty to SMART Recovery’s 4 Point Program, tools and techniques, and overall approach to the recovery journey. What is SMART Recovery Family & Friends? will introduce participants to the tools and support offered to family and friends with loved ones in or in hope of recovery with effective and non-confrontational methods.

What is SMART Recovery? presentation dates for fall 2021

  • Wednesday 9/8 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday 10/13 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11/10 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Register for one of these presentations

What is SMART Recovery Family & Friends? presentation dates for fall 2021

  • Wednesday 9/15 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday 10/20 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11/17 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Register for one of these presentations


Introduction to the Center for Students in Recovery

This 30-minute presentation introduces staff, student, and faculty to our collegiate recovery community. Learn about our weekly drop-in groups, training, scholarships, and recovery-supportive events. Join us to learn about the culture of recovery we've created at UT Austin and exactly how our Center supports students in their recovery journeys so they can enjoy a genuine college experience.

Request a presentation

UT Center for Students in Recovery


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