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SMART, which stands for Self Management And Recovery Training, is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 with a mission to provide free, self-empowering, mutual-help groups for overcoming substance or activity addiction. Unlike traditional recovery groups, SMART employs science-based techniques, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), to assist individuals in their recovery journey. The program focuses on the present and future rather than dwelling on the past, avoiding labels that might negatively impact self-image. SMART continually updates its programs based on emerging research and collaborates with professionals and researchers in the addiction field to ensure the most effective methods are employed. While the overall effectiveness of SMART Recovery as a whole has limited research, the individual tools and methods have solid evidence supporting their efficacy, and mutual-help groups are recognized to play a crucial role in the recovery process.

Jan has successfully completed the esteemed Facilitator Training course offered by SMART Recovery US, a testament to her dedication and expertise in supporting and guiding those around her.


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"BACK HOME AGAIN," a compelling animated film executive produced by Janet Folk, has received critical acclaim and prestigious accolades. Inspired by the resilience of the community following a devastating wildfire evacuation that impacted Fort McMurray and its residents in 2016, the story unfolds through the perspective of woodland creatures in Wood Buffalo Forest. The short film earned submission at the 2023 Academy Awards, recognition at the Edmonton International Film Festival, winning the Jury Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Choice Award for Best Dramatic Film. Additionally, it secured two Leo Awards for Best Animated Program and Best Screenwriting in an animated program. "BACK HOME AGAIN" features an all-star voice cast, including Jeremy Renner, Martin Short, Kim Basinger, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael J. Fox, and many others, who generously donated their time to the production. Janet is also an owner in Michael Mankowski's new company, which is gearing up to launch their first animated feature film with an impressive lineup. Michael is an animator and the writer and director of Back Home Again.


For more information about "BACK HOME AGAIN," you can watch the trailer here.


Readers' Favorite, the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet, offers invaluable support to authors and publishers alike. Janet is featured among the talented writers on the platform. With a commitment to promoting exceptional literary works, Readers' Favorite provides expert book reviews and hosts prestigious award contests. The site's dedication to fostering a love for reading and connecting authors with their readers has made it a go-to resource in the literary community.


For more information about Readers' Favorite and its services, visit their website here.

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