Certification and Instructor Program
12 - Module
Ceasing Control: The Pathway to Surrender
Breaking Free From Denial
Receiving the Gift of Forgiveness
Offering the Gift of Forgiveness
Building Healthy Boundaries
Balancing Principles & Promises
Upcoming Codependence Certification and Instructor Training Workshop Series
Workshop 1:Assessing Codependence
Saturday, February 12th
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 12th
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Living Beyond Codependence
Saturday, April 16th
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New Life Spirit Recovery
18652 Florida Street, Suite 200
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
OR REGISTER FOR WEBINAR - LIVE STREAMING VIDEO OPTION
RSVP required - limited seating
For training only (no certification):
$25 per session or $60 for all three
($15/CEU total (no other fees apply) - Offering 3 per workshop session and 9 total)
Codependence Certification -
$395 includes training material, testing,certificate - must be a certified counselor to receive certification).
The Christian Codependence Recovery workbook must be purchased beforehand or at the day of the event. Click here.
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Association of Christian Alcohol & Drug Counselors Institute
Based on "The Christian Codependence Recovery Workbook: From Surviving to Significance"
ACADC Advanced Codependence Curriculum
Material: The Christian Codependence Recovery Workbook: From Surviving to Significance
by Stephanie Tucker
Spirit of Life Recovery Bookstore
www.spiritofliferecovery.com or www.amazon.com
About the Certification
The certification is to coincide with the drug and alcohol certification program through ACACD Institute where it can then be recognized and affirmed at a state level. The cost of the codependence certification is $395, which includes materials ("The Christian Codependence Workbook" is purchased separately), testing and individual completion plan. This is paid separately from any fees paid to the Institute for other certifications or degrees.
Pre-Requisite: The Christian Codependence Recovery Workbook: From Surviving to Significance
About the Approach to Codependence
Training to become a counselor or group leader to the codependent or the family members of an alcoholic/addict is an important and much-needed area of specialization, both in the professional arena and in the church community. What makes it stand out from other addictions isn’t the immoral or behavioral aspect to it, it’s the deceitfulness of it, making it much more difficult to understand and assess. Most people who suffer from codependence are doing "good things," often things they believe would reflect the general principles of Christianity. But seen closer up, and in context to what’s going on inside their heart, it quickly unfolds as something altogether different from what God intended in relationship styles.
While you may encounter people who "get" codependence, there is a good chance you’ll find more people that are confused by the terminology. In fact, there simply isn’t an easy way to define it: it’s an entire set of mentalities, coping skills and compensation behaviors that attempt to fix, change and balance relationships that are imbalanced.
As we attempt to dig deeper into an explanation - we’ll discover quickly that a person can’t just "snap out of it." The roots of codependence go deep, and are often formed as coping mechanisms early in childhood. Therefore, we can hardly approach codependence as something that could somehow be resolved through the current circumstances the individual is facing (i.e, change the relationship, change the job, etc.).
As counselors, we are constantly vacillating between the present realities of the counselee’s current circumstances, and the past experiences and events that shaped them up to this point. While being overly focused in the past can be negative, only dealing with the "here and now" is like trying to understand someone’s entire "life book" by only reading the cover. The "contents" of their life are what is telling, not just the current circumstances.
That’s why the approach this material has in dealing with codependence requires a dramatic self confrontational process. It a process that asks the participant to evaluate both the current and past systems of love, family, relationship skills, boundaries, etc. The reason? Quite simply, it’s a method of diagnosing the problem in order to properly apply the remedy.
Think of it this way—if we were to get a physical exam by a physician, he would be looking to evaluate if there was something about our health that might be dangerous or a cause for concern. He would base his evaluation of our health on the measurements of what constitutes "normal and healthy." He has the ability to clearly differentiate "healthy" from "unhealthy" based on his own medical understanding. He uses things like our blood work, physical stress tests, and other technology-based diagnostics to evaluate our symptoms and conditions.
Now, imagine if the doctor had no training or understanding of what "normal and healthy" was. It would be disastrous - he wouldn’t be able to help us find the problems or disease that threaten our lives, and therefore we would get sick and possibly even die. That’s why before he even attempts to help others, he needs to get the proper training.
As we answer the calling in our own lives to be equipped, trained and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be Christian counselors, we need both practical understandings as well as in-depth spiritual remedies. We need to be able to "read" the narratives of people’s lives, asking God to begin to sort and sift between the lies and distortions, and the truths of what God says.
While knowledge isn’t everything, it’s always the first start. This book is a tool that can be used along with many others. Of course, our true "tool" as a Christian counselor is simply the Word of God. But through this workbook, it’s our desire that you may learn better the nature of the counselee’s "soul sickness." Understand, it’s not just a matter of diagnosing "symptoms," it’s understanding the deeper spiritual implications in their life such as not trusting and surrendering their will over to the care of God.
What will truly prepare you the most? Your qualification to help walk someone through the bondage of codependence is to assess your own life and relationships, especially your relationship with Jesus Christ. By living, walking and encountering God personally and through the filter of truth, the lies and distortions (the disease of our soul) become easily recognizable. Therefore, when we go through the "diagnostic" tests of the Holy Spirit - we can see (in ourselves and our counselees) how we are sick, so we can ask God to offer us the cure.
The wonderful news about helping people as a spirit-led counselor is that it ultimately isn’t up to us anyways — we are just the Great Physician’s assistants. And even more comforting, He has the tools, equipment, ointments and prescriptions to help someone that is diagnosed with this soul and spiritual condition.
As you begin your training, be willing to allow God to first deal with you—ask Him to show you anything that may be covered under codependence, and be willing to allow God to completely empty you and fill you with His resources.
We look forward to being a part of this journey!
Sign up today - or e-mail the coordinator of this program directly for more information.
Stephanie Tucker, MDAAC, M.Min email@example.com