CRAFT Based Training

Allies in Recovery CRAFT based training workshop

CRAFT is an evidence-based method created specifically to train families of loved ones struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Learn to communicate, intervene, and guide your loved ones toward recovery.

This four-day, 9AM to 3PM virtual training is open to professionals, individuals, peers and peer coaches looking to support loved ones and limit impact on family.

This four-day workshop is geared to professionals and individuals working formally and informally with family members impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD). It is also open to peers with lived experience of SUD in the family alongside peer coaches that can utilize this training to diversify their toolbox. All participants will learn about the only evidence-based method designed for families affected by SUD.

Upon completion of the training, attendees will gain member access to the Allies in Recovery online learning platform. Allies in Recovery is the leading provider of the CRAFT curriculum and a guide for families. Its Founder and Director, Dominique Simon-Levine, a training facilitator, has been using CRAFT to help families for over 17 years. Features of the Allies in Recovery member site include:

An eLearning center with CRAFT-based curriculum. CRAFT is the only widely used and scientifically proven method based in social principles.
Expert-moderated Discussion Blog where members receive guidance based on the site modules.

Support groups, podcast episodes, message boards, and expert guidance.

Co-facilitator of this training, Laurie MacDougall, is the Family Program Manager at RICARES and brings her years of teaching experience to the workshop. She has been implementing the Allies curriculum in her own life for almost a decade, as well as, 4 years in an educational group setting.

This workshop will help attendees will be better prepared to facilitate CRAFT based educational meetings and to support family’s one-on-one as a peer. Those wishing to pursue the creation of an educational group for families will have a solid base to begin. Participants will also receive an e-workbook designed to help you support and engage members of educational groups or individual clients.

Attendance Requirements:

Participants are expected to attend all training days and training hours. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of training only to participants who have attended fully. Attendees will be expected to actively engage with their trainers throughout the workshop, so please come prepared to participate. For online workshops, participants must keep their camera active during the training calls to confirm their attendance.


Dominique Simon-Levine, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of Allies in Recovery, a website launched in 2003, that serves families of those struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Her work has been featured on HBO and NPR. She has worked extensively developing and evaluating federally funded substance use programs for organizations and clinics throughout Massachusetts and New York.

Laurie MacDougall, BA, Podcast Host & Guest Author, is the Program Manager of REST, the family program at RICARES. The REST is an educational program for families and friends with a Loved One with SUD. REST uses the CRAFT based curriculum on the Allies website. She is a former high school math teacher and brings both her teaching skills and personal experience to facilitating. She is a Certified Family Peer Specialist in the state of Rhode Island. Laurie often writes blogs for the Allies website, and she is the co-host of the podcast, Coming Up for Air.

Sign up for Allies in Recovery CRAFT based training workshop September 21, 22, 23, & 24 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

Sign up for Allies in Recovery CRAFT based training workshop September 28, 29, 30, & October 1 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST