Monday, May 24, 2010

Support for “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” Class Instructors

Support for “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” Class Instructors

By Ken B.
© 2010 Anonymous. All rights reserved
One of our major focuses is on "training the trainers." In fact, that is the subtitles of one of my dad's books:
Real Twelve Step Fellowship History: The Old School A.A. You May Not Know: Training the Trainers by Dick B.

That book is one of the 29 titles included in the "Dick B. Christian Recovery Reference Set" that we recommend to groups hosting the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” (“IFCR”) class.

Here are some of the resources we make available to help train and support class instructors who will present the IFCR class:

1. Each student has access to a Class Guide for Students which presents many of the key points covered in the IFCR class. This makes it possible for the students both to see and hear the material on the DVD's, and to read along in the Class Guide for Students. (Because the students can watch the DVD's and follow along in the Class Guide for Students, the class instructors do not have to do a great deal of teaching and don't have to "master" the material to the extent a teacher presenting the material "live" would need to do.)

2. The class instructors have access to the Class Instructor's Guide which includes a considerable amount of background material relating to the IFCR class, the complete text of the Class Guide for Students, questions and answers for each of the four class sessions, and "transcripts" from the audio version of the IFCR class. The Class Instructor's Guide provides the key materials class instructors will need to present the class effectively.

3. We provide to the class instructors access to The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B. (2010) which includes very considerable background information for the IFCR and specific documentation for just about all the statements of an historical nature made in the IFCR class. The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide represents our best effort to date to consolidate in one place the key findings of our 20 years of research into the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.'s astonishing successes. And the third edition was prepared in conjunction with our putting together the audio and video versions of the IFCR class, so The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., is closely aligned with the IFCR class.

4. IFCR class instructors associated with groups, programs, or ministries who choose to purchase “The Dick B. Christian Recovery Reference Set”—see the center column of the front page for more information—will have access to 29 key volumes by the “unofficial historian of A.A.,” Dick B., on early A.A.'s astonishing successes. These titles provide a nearly-exhaustive presentation of the roles played by GOD, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in the 75% success rate early A.A. claimed among "seemingly-hopeless," "medically-incurable," "last-gasp-case," "real" alcoholics who thoroughly followed the original Akron A.A. "Christian fellowship" program developed by A.A. cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob beginning in the summer of 1935. Much of the thoroughly-documented historical information contained in these titles is almost unknown outside of the people to whom Dick B. has been sharing over the past 20 years.

5. My dad and I also make ourselves available by phone, email, and regular mail to answer a reasonable amount of godly questions relating to the IFCR class from class instructors (after they have studied the Class Instructor's Guide and The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed.).

6. If items 1-5 above still don't answer godly questions from IFCR class instructors relating to the IFCR class, my dad and I are available on a paid consulting basis to handle further questions.

I hope this brief review of resources that my dad (Dick B.) and I make available to IFCR class instructors will help with your presentation of the IFCR class. You can reach me (Ken B.) by email at or by phone at (808) 276-4945. Please remember that 2:00 PM on the east coast of the U.S. is 8:00 AM in Hawaii, and 11:00 AM in California is 8:00 AM in Hawaii.

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