Welcome to Advocare Family Skills Institute
Educational Division of Advocare Ministries, Inc.

Affiliate of:
International Association of Christian Counseling Professionals (IACCP)

A Resource Center of: Vision International University (VIU)

Advocare Family Skills Institute offers faith-based training for:
  • Pastors, Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, School Counselors, Criminal Justice Counselors, Addiction Counselors and Christian workers engaged in Pastoral Care.
  • Individuals seeking to enter Pastoral Counseling, or expand their counseling skills.
  • Continuing Education for Licensed/Registered Counselors, Therapists and Facilitators
  • Individuals pursuing Emotional Healing and Personal Development
  • Individuals, Couples, Families and others, desiring to improve their relationship skills.
  • Employees and Employers, seeking to develop, or improve, their communication and conflict-resolution skills.
All Advocare Family Skills Institute courses and training programs are designed to be integrative in nature, integrating theological truths and psychological principles in a biopsychosociospiritual approach for the healing and development of body, mind and spirit.

The Institute offers courses at several levels:
  • For Counselor/Facilitator Pre-certification Training
  • For College Credit
  • For Continuing Education for Pastors, Priests, Chaplains, Counselors, Therapists & Program Facilitators
  • For Compliance with Court Ordered Therapy
  • For Self-help and Improvement and growth
  • For Marriage/Relationship Restoration & Enrichment
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Soul Care & Psychospiritual Counseling:
An Introduction to Pastoral Care
God's Plan for the Care, Cure and Transformation of Man's Soul
An Introduction to Pastoral Care Employing Integrative Therapies

Soul Care & Psychospiritual Counseling is an essential tool for pastors, chaplains, counselors, churches and individuals desiring to provide effective Christian Counseling.

This volume provides a much needed, long overdue, introduction to Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling, employing an integrative (psychospiritual) therapeutic approach: integrating the disciplines of theology and psychology in the practice of pastoral care.

Soul Care & Psychospiritual Therapies examines the history of soul care; the differences between Biblical and secular (or psychological) soul care; reviews a number of integrative therapeutic approaches; and, provides a unique, integrative approach that incorporates sound psychotheraapeutic techniques within a Biblical counseling framework, providing abundant Scriptural support for the techniques thus incorporated.

Chapter Outline:
I. Introduction
II. Prologue
1: Soul Care: A Biblical View - Part 1 [Creation to the Cross]
Primeval Soul Care
Soul Care Archtypes
* Patriarchal Soul Care - Fatherhood
* Bondage - Law, Priests, Prophets and JUdges
* The Christ - Sonship
Man's Degeneration: The Knowledge of Good & Evil
Soul Care & The Psyche
Depravity: Man Minus Soul Care
Hope: Redemption, Restoration & Renewal
Summary

2. Soul Care: A Biblical View - Part 2 [The Spirit and The Bride]
Changing of the Guard: Passing the Baton
It is Finished
The Paraclete Has Come
* The Adoption: Spiritual Renewal
* The Spirit & The Bride
* The Incarnate Counselor
* The Inspirate One
* The Bride of Christ: Soul Care & The Church
* The Paracletic Ministry
* Summary

3. Soul Care: A Psychological View
Psychoanalytic Theory
Christ-centered Theory
* Behavioral Theory
* Cognitive-Behavioral Theory
* Reality Therapy Theory
* Cognitive Therapy Theory
* Existential Psychology & Psychotherapy
* Systems Theory
* Integrity Theory
Summary

4. The Sacred vs. The Secular
Segregation vs. Integration Overview
The Case for Segregation
The Case for Integration
Integration Models
* Pshchoanalytic Therapy
* Client-centered Therapy
* Behavioral Therapy
* Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
* Reality Therapy
* Existentialism
* Cognitive Therapy
* Systems Therapy
* Integrity Therapy
Summary

5. Integrated Soul Care Therapies
An Overview of Integrative Therapies
Integrative Models
* Actualizing Therapy
* Spirituotherapy
* Truth-Therapy
* The Divine Plumbline
* Psychospiritual Therapy
* Creation (or Temperament) Therapy
* Christian Existential Psychology
* Family Therapy

6. Triparte Soul Care
A Model for Pastoral Care/Counseling
Triparte Soul Care Defined
The Model
Divine Soul Care Typologies
* Fatherhood
* Laws, Priests, Prophets and Judges
* Sonship
* Inspiration
* Oneness - spiritual marriage
* A Collective Typology

7. Case Studies

8. Contemporary Soul Care
A Plan for Counseling in the Local Church
Overview
Restoring the Office of Pastoral Counselor
Counseling: Ministry or Profession?
A Three Level Model
Counselor Selection & Training
Psychological vs. Pastoral Soul Care
* The Psychological Model
* The Pastoral Model
A Fivefold Plan for Counseling Ministries
* Level 1 - The Pastor (Shepherd)
* Level 2 - The Professional Counselor
* Level 3 - The Para-counselor
* Level 4 - The Lay Counselor
* Level 5 - The Peer Counselor
Summary

9. Counseling in the Local Church
An implementation & Operation Plan
Overview
Implementation Plan
Site-selection
Implementation Team
* Vision
* Training
Operation
* Clinical Counseling
* Seminars & Workshops
* Mercy Ministries
* Organizational Structure & Finances

III. Epilogue

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring.
Dr. Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators, President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills Institute and AFS Publishing Company.
Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula, are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based, Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk, addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders, and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

Mastery Over Anger
An Information Packed Eight Lesson Course Designed to help the student learn to use anger constructively: to resolve conflicts rather than create them; to love, nurture and care for those they love rather than hurt them.

In eight lessons, the author provides students the keys to stop angry outbursts; how to get below their anger into their real, intense emotions underlying the anger; how to release their negative emotions; how to examine the injustices in their life that gave rise to these negative emotions; and, how to resolve old injustices, improve communication, reconcile wounded relationships, and restore family harmony.

The volume closes with a comparison of frequently used, ineffective, "dirty-fighting" techniques and a proven, dynamic, Ten Step Approach to Effective Conflict Resolution. Past students have said that this lesson alone was worth far more than the cost of the entire course.

Lesson Outline:

I Introduction
1. Understanding Violence: Expressive vs. Instrumental
2. The Cycle of Violence
3. Understanding Relationship Abuse: Power & Control Issues
4. Understanding Anger: A Motivation to Correct Injustices
5. Beneath the Anger: Understanding Our Emotions
6. Releasing Negative Emotions
7. Reconciling Past Injustices
8. Conflict-Resolution vs. Dirty-Fighting Techniques

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr. Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators, President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula, are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based, Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk, addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders, and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.


Assertiveness, Individuation & Autonomy
(formerly Assertiveness & Self-ownership)

Is a Faith-based Assertiveness Training Manual that has been used effectively in the workplace, in family therapy, anger-management and domestic violence abatement programs, in recovery programs and in survivor counseling.

People who lack assertiveness tend to be either very passive, quite aggressive, or a combination thereof, termed passive-aggressive.

Ask yourself these questions:
Have you ever said yes to another's request when you'd rather say no?
Do you feel like others owe you certain help, favors, love, etc., or that you owe these to others?
Do you ever feel like your partner is trying to control you?
Do you sometimes feel trapped, possessed and/or dominated?
Do you ever feel like you're being treated like a piece of furniture or a tool in your relationships, rather than as a unique child of God?
Do you ever tell little "white lies" or avoid answering someone to avoid conflict?

If your answer to any of these questions was yes, you lack assertiveness and will benefit from this information packed, nine lessson assertiveness training manual.
It will change your life. God desires to enjoy relationship with us, not ownership of us. And, our relationship with God should serve as the model for all our relationships.

Lesson Outline:
These nine information packed lessons that will help guide you through the journey from being passive. aggressive, or passive-aggressive; to being assertive in your communication and behavior.
I. Introduction
1. Understanding Assertiveness
2. Conflict De-escalation Skills
3. Saying "NO" Comfortably & Effectively
4. Self-ownership & Self-denial
5. Telling Your Self the Truth
6. Telling Your Partner the Truth
7. Developing Transparency
8. Truth Talk
9. Self-talk & Self-control


Course Author:
James V. Potter, Ph. D.

Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.


Conquering Codependency

formerly
Codependency to Self-Identity


Codependency has aptly been called the "common cold" of relationships. It is not only associated with all addictions and obsessive-compulsive disorders, but, is in many ways, an addiction disorder in its own right: an addiction to pathological relationships, acceptance and approval.


How do I know if I'm a Codependent?
Codependents freequeently feel like they are "walking on egg-shells" around those they love in order to avoid arguments.

They believe that their partner's emotions (i.e., anger, sadness, depression, etc.), affect, or even control, their own emotional state of being.

They tend to have trouble knowing where their personal boundaries end and another person's boundaries begin.

They frequently lack healthy personal boundaries, having few at all, or perhaps having such rigid boundaries that they easily offend others.

They tend to focus on other people's negative characteristics and traits, rather than the positive ones.

They tend to fall in love (or lust) easily, demand total trust but have difficulty trusting others.

They misunderstand relationship dynamics and often fear long-term commitment.

Many codepependents have difficulty surrendering their lives to God.


Codependency to Self-identity is a Faith-based Codependency Recovery Manual that will provide you with the keys necessary to find freedom from codependency and facilitate the development of a healthy self-identity.


Chapter Outline:

I. Introduction

1. Self-identity & Self-esteem

2. Self-identity vs. Codependency

3. Major Issues in Codependency

4. Shame & Codependency: Roots of Addiction

5. Codependent Family Roles

6. Checking your Personal Boundaries

7. Developing Healthy Boundaries

8. Tracking Your Recovery: The Road out of Codependency

9. Spiritual Awakening: Letting go of Boundaries & Limits


Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.

Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr. Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators, President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula, are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based, Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk, addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders, and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.







Welcome.

All certifications for the training programs offered by AFS Family Skills Institute are granted by the American Association of Christian Therapists (AACT).

Certification requires either:
  • Sucessful completion of the three courses: "Mastery Over Anger," "Autonomy through Assertiveness," and "Conquering Codependency," earning a grade of not less than 60% on any one lesson and not less than 75% cumulative on all lessons in the three courses, including the personal application questions, assignments and quizzes, and
  • Successful completion of a pre-approved practicum. Or.
  • Successsful completion of a similar Domestic Violence Specialist/Facilitator/Counselor training program and successfully passing the pre-certification Domestic Violence Specialist I examination, and successfully completing a pre-approved practicum. Or,
  • Providing evidence satisfactory to the board of prior training and experience equivalent to completion of the referenced courses and practicum, and
  • Successfully challenging the precertification Domestic Violence Specialist I examination.
  • Applying for certification to the American Association of Christian Therapists (AACT) and fulfilling all certification requirements speficied by AACT, including the payment of association membership and certification fees.
The section, "Details for becoming a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist I" provides detailed AACT requirements for certification as a Domestic Violence Specialist
Exposing Jekyll & Hyde
Arrested Development & Dual-personalities
[Understanding Life-span Development, Developmental Wounds & Personality Disorders]. An essential tool for pastors, counselors, chaplains and teachers.

If you have ever been accused of having a "Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde" type personality or, have lived with, worked with, tried to befriend, or counseled an individual of this personality type, this volume is for you.

This volume provides an introduction to human development over the life-span, as one transitions from stage to stage of growth. It examines the process of personality development, demonstrates how one's personality can become bent or distorted through developmental wounding, and how such wounding can predispose an person to various personality disorders and an inability to develop healthy human bonding.

It reveals the underlying cause of personality distortion -- the loss of love -- and describes the resulting manifestations of rejection and rebellion that give rise to addictions, compulsions, codependency and other life-controlling problems.

This volume also lays the groundwork for answering some of life's most important, but sometimes troubling, questions: Who am I? What is the meaning of my life experience? What is my purpose in life? Where am I going? And, How do I get there? It provides keys for restoring that deep felt need for inner wholeness and well-being. Finally, it closes with a powerful exercise that, when used, can help break any compulsivity or addiction.

Course Outline:
I Introduction
1. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: The Dual Personality
2. The Roots of Rejection: Reactive Attachment Disorder
3. The Ravages of Rebellion: Reactive Lifestyles
4. Fools' Gold: Love vs. Lust
5. Who am I? [Developing a Personal Ontology]
6. My Epistemology [Understanding My Life-experience]
7. Life-span Development & Reactive Behaviors
8. Man's Magnificent Mind: The Conscious and Unconscious Mind

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.


Healing Inner-Child Wounds:
Breaking Life-commandments

This course is an essential tool for pastors, chaplains, counselors and those seeking to understand and resolve inner wounds of childhood. It is a ideal resource for use in Inner-child Workshops, Group and Individual Counseling and Pastoral Care.

This volume commences where any volume on inner-child wounds should begin: in the womb. at the moment of conception: the beginning of human development. Each chapter opens with a reexamination of one of life's early developmental stages then moves on to a discussion of the developmental tasks of that stage, the rite of passage from one stage to the next, factors that can sabotage an individual's developmental progress, and the reactive, aberrant behaviors that are often manifest in adulthood and result from one's failure to successfully traverse this pathway of development.

Each lesson closes with specific exercises, prayers and meditations designed to help bring closure to that particular stage of life and facilitate one's growth and progress toward maturity.

Course Outline:
I. Introduction
1. Healing In-utero Wounds [Overcoming Rejection & Abandonment]
2. Healing the Wounds of Infancy [Developing Trust, Hope, Faith & Love]
3. Healing the Toddler's Trauma [Defusing Obstinate-Defiant Disorders]
4. Escaping Early Childhood [Releasing Magic Thinking: Restoring Creativity]
5. Beyond Concrete Thinking [Developing Self-awareness, Industry & Competence]

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr. Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators, President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula, are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based, Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk, addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders, and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

Toxic Shame & The Journey Out
A 12-Step Spiritual Journey

Toxic Shame & The Journey Out is a Faith-based, 12-Step Manual for Recovery From Toxic Shame. It is an essential tool for pastors, chaplains, counselors, therapists, recovery program personnel and, individuals seeking to find a release from the toxic shame that keeps them bound in addictions, compulsive behaviors and other life-controlling problems.

Below every addiction, compulsivity, codependency, and/or other life-controlling problem, lies toxic shame. Shame, unlike guilt, it not about what one has done, but rather, about who one is. Shamed to the very core, we develop a negative self-image and a corresponding poor self-worth. Then, because each of us needs affirmation and approval -- if only from ourselves -- we act-out our negative self-concept, thereby exacerbating the shame we try so hard to excape.

Toxic Shame & The Journey Out provides a gentle and effective faith-based approach to recovery, guiding the student out of the clutches of shame into the embrace of the loving arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It employs the principles of the Divine Exchange offered by Jesus Christ: to take our shame upon himself and bestow upon us His glory. It is an ideal resource for recovery programs, individual and group counseling, pastoral care, and committed individuals seeking self-help and personal improvement.

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr.
Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.



Welcome
.
All certifications for the training programs offered by AFS Family Skills Institute are granted by the American Association of Christian Therapists (AACT).

Certification requires either:
  • Certification as a Domestic Violence Specialist I, in good standing with AACT and AFS Family Skills Institute, and
  • Successful completion of the three courses, "Exposing Jekyl & Hyde: Arrested Development & Dual-personalities," "Healing Inner-child Wounds: Breaking Life-commandments," and "Toxic Shame & The Journey Out," earning a grade of not less than 60% on any one lesson and not less than 75% cumulative grade on all the lessons in each course, including the personal application questions, assignments and quizzez, and
  • Successful completion of a pre-approved practicum, or
  • Successful completion of a similar Domestic Violence Specialist/Facilitator/Counselor training program and successfully completing the pre-certification Domestic Violence Specialist II examination, and completing a pre-approved practicum, or
  • Providing evidence satisfactory to the Board of AACT of prior training and experience in the field equivalent to the completion of the referenced courses and practicum, and
  • Successfully challenging the pre-certification examination for Domestic Violence Specialist II.
  • Applying for certification to the American Association of Christian Therapists (AACT) and fulfilling all certification requirements specified by AACT, including the payment of association membership and certification fees.
The section, "Details for becoming a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist II" provides detailed requirements for certification through AACT.

Growing Beyond Our Genetics:

Adolescence And Beyond

"Growing Beyond Our Genetics: Adolescence & Beyond" is a Faith-based Guide for Parenting Adolescents and the Reparenting of One's Self. An essential tool for pastors, chaplains, counselors, parents of teens, and individuals seeking to understand and resolve their own adolescent wounds.


Adolescence is a troubling, mystifying period of life; a developmental stage commencing around thirteen and continuing until one reaches adulthood, around age twenty-six. It is a season of life during which we leave childhood and journey towards maturity, a time during which we acquire many of our life-management skills: some positive and effective, others rather dysfunctional and ineffective. Adoloescence is a stretch during which we may experience positive parental guidance or profound abuse, either of which will impact every significant relationship we develop, as well as our own parenting skills.

Inheritence vs. Environment
Have you ever wondered about the effect genetics has on the development of personhood, personality, aptitudes, attitudes, characteristics and behavor? This volume examines the life-span development challenges, tasks and potential pitfalls of adolescence; the effect of genetics vs. environment; the etiology (causitive origins) of Misogynists (men who hate and fear women), Misandrists (women who hate and fear men), Misogamists (persons who hate and fear marriage), and Misandrists (persons who disdain the human race).

Moving on from this beginning, this course scrutinizes the impact one's family lineage has on the development of beliefs, misbeliefs, life-commandments, attitudes and values. The manual employs a Family Time Line and Family Genogram (or Family Map) to illustrate the impact of genetics, and shows students how to develop one on their own family.

Armed with an understanding of the effect of genetics, the course then examines the possibilities and probabilities for change, employing the Serenity Prayer in learning to "accept the things we cannot change, (having) courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

In closing, the course introduces a study of the Christian "new birth" which in the original Greek language, means to be "re-gened," demonstrating through biblical and scientific reference, the enormity of change possible to those who just believe. References from Eastern philosophy, Native American tradition, the Bible and Science demonstrate the universality of the belief in and reality of meta-change and quantum-healing.

Course Outline
I. Introduction
1. Individuation & Self-identity
2. Healing Father-Daughter Wounds
3. Healing Mother-Son Wounds
4. Healing Same-sex Child-parent Wounds
5. The Remaking of Misogynists, Misandrists, Misogamists & Misanthropists
6. Creating a Family Time Line
7. Discovering My Origins [Creating a Family Genogram]
8. Walk in My Soul [Embracing My True Identity]
9. Meta-Change & Quantum-Healing

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.

Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr. Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators, President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula, are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based, Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk, addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders, and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.
Bonding vs. Bondage -- Marriage:
A Journey into Intimacy & Fulfillment

Comming Soon!
Purpose Driven Parenting: Positive vs. Punitive

Coming soon!
Pursuing Sexual Wholeness

Coming Soon!

Counseling Addicts & Offenders:
A Guide to Criminal Justice Counseling

This course provides essential tools for pastors, chaplains, recovery facilitators, counselors, criminal justice personnel and others working with addicts and offenders, as well as those addicts and offenders who have had enough and are truly commited to changing their life.

If you have ever been involved in counseling addicts, perpetrators of domestic violence and/or other criminal justice offenders, or have had the misfortune to have personally experienced the criminal justice experience, you are all too familiar with the Judicial System's revolving door: a merry-go-round of arrest, conviction, incarceration, release, arrest, etc., etc.

Why, knowing the outcome, do addicts and offenders keep on doing the same old things?

In this volume you will learn just how differently addicts and offenders process information: distinctly different from other people. Their cognitive and affective thought processes are different; their foundational beliefs, life-commandments and value systems are different. And alas, their goals, purposes, and motivations are different. Attempting to correct their problematic behaviors through behavior-modification therapy is much like trying to treat a skin cancer by covering it up with a band-aid.

Counseling Addicts & Offenders will help you understand the mental processes of the addict and/or offender; discover new therapeutic approaches, techniques and modalities that have proven successful with this population. You will gain important insight that will help you select the most appropriate treatment setting, treatment team and therapeutic approach.

Course Outline:
I. Introduction
1. The Profile of A Perpetrator
2. The Axiology of Addicts' & Perpetrators' Twisted Thinking
3. The Etiology of Addicts and Offenders
4. Fractured, Fused and Frozen Emotions
5. Destructive Defense Mechanisms
6. Malevolent Misbeliefs & Life-commandments
7. Treatment Considerations
8. Selecting Treatment Settings
9. Treatment Methods & Modalities
10. Innovative Interventions
12. Case Studies & Considerations
13. Enduring Ethics
14. Judicial Jargon
15. The Last Word

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several external study colleges and universities, and continues to serve as a faculty member of Vision International University. He is a leader in online counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr. Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators, president of Jubilee Entrprises, and CEO of AFS Family SkillsInstitute and AFS Publishing Company.

Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula, are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based, Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk, addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

Dr. James V. and Paula Potter, MA, have authored numerous books, including seven that have been used collectively as the curriculum in judicial system certified anger-management, domestic violence abatement and batterer's intervention treatment programs that have a proven track record of recovery, with a recidivism rate among graduates of less than ten percent (10%).
Clinical Supervision of Addiction & Criminal Justice Counselors

Coming soon!
Welcome to AFS Family Skills Institute.
The courses offered under this division are college credit courses. Similar courses may be found on some topics under the certification or self-help courses, if you are not seeking college credit.

AFS Family Skills Institute operates as a satellite resource center under the auspices of Vision Bible College & Vision International University. As a subordinate resource center, AFS Family Skills Institute subscribes to, and upholds, all administrative, faculty and student policies, procedures and requirements. Please take time to throughly familiarize yourself with these policies and procedures prior to enrolling so that your educational program will be smooth, fulfilling and profitable in helping you achieve your goals.
Mastery Over Anger
An Information Packed Eight Lesson Course Designed to help the student learn to use anger constructively: to resolve conflicts rather than create them; to love, nurture and care for those they love rather than hurt them.

In eight lessons, the author provides students the keys to stop angry outbursts; how to get below their anger into their real, intense emotions underlying the anger; how to release their negative emotions; how to examine the injustices in their life that gave rise to these negative emotions; and, how to resolve old injustices, improve communication, reconcile wounded relationships, and restore family harmony.

The volume closes with a comparison of frequently used, ineffective, "dirty-fighting" techniques and a proven, dynamic, Ten Step Approach to Effective Conflict Resolution. Past students have said that this lesson alone was worth far more than the cost of the entire course.

Lesson Outline:

I Introduction
1. Understanding Violence: Expressive vs. Instrumental
2. The Cycle of Violence
3. Understanding Relationship Abuse: Power & Control Issues
4. Understanding Anger: A Motivation to Correct Injustices
5. Beneath the Anger: Understanding Our Emotions
6. Releasing Negative Emotions
7. Reconciling Past Injustices
8. Conflict-Resolution vs. Dirty-Fighting Techniques

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr.
Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.


This course is for self-help and personal improvement. If you wish to obtain a certificate of completion for judiciary purposes, please enroll under one of the appropriate programs (i.e., Anger-management, Domestic Violence Abatement, or Batterers' Intervention Treatment). If you are seeking training, leading to certification, please enroll under the appropriate specialist's course.


Assertiveness & Self-ownership
A Faith-based Assertiveness Training Manual that has been used effectively in the workplace, in family therapy, anger-management and domestic violence abatement programs, in recovery programs and in survivor counseling.

People who lack assertiveness tend to be either very passive, quite aggressive, or a combination thereof, termed passive-aggressive.

Ask yourself these questions:
Have you ever said yes to another's request when you'd rather say no?
Do you feel like others owe you certain help, favors, love, etc., or that you owe these to others?
Do you ever feel like your partner is trying to control you?
Do you sometimes feel trapped, possessed and/or dominated?
Do you ever feel like you're being treated like a piece of furniture or a tool in your relationships, rather than as a unique child of God?
Do you ever tell little "white lies" or avoid answering someone to avoid conflict?

If your answer to any of these questions was yes, you lack assertiveness and will benefit from this information packed, nine lessson assertiveness training manual. It will change your life. God desires to enjoy relationship with us, not ownership of us. And, our relationship with God should serve as the model for all our relationships.

Lesson Outline:
These nine information packed lessons that will help guide you through the journey from being passive. aggressive, or passive-aggressive; to being assertive in your communication and behavior.
I. Introduction
1. Understanding Assertiveness
2. Conflict De-escalation Skills
3. Saying "NO" Comfortably & Effectively
4. Self-ownership & Self-denial
5. Telling Your Self the Truth
6. Telling Your Partner the Truth
7. Developing Transparency
8. Truth Talk
9. Self-talk & Self-control

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr.
Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

This
course is for self-help and personal improvement. If you wish to obtain
a certificate of completion for judiciary purposes, please enroll under
one of the appropriate programs (i.e., Anger-management, Domestic
Violence Abatement, or Batterers' Intervention Treatment). If you are
seeking training, leading to certification, please enroll under the
appropriate Specialist's course.
Codependency to Self-Identity
Codependency has aptly been called the "common cold" of relationships. It is not only associated with all addictions and obsessive-compulsive disorders, but, is in many ways, an addiction disorder in its own right: an addiction to pathological relationships, acceptance and approval.

How do I know if I'm a Codependent?
Codependents freequeently feel like they are "walking on egg-shells" around those they love in order to avoid arguments.
They believe that their partner's emotions (i.e., anger, sadness, depression, etc.), affect, or even control, their own emotional state of being.
They tend to have trouble knowing where their personal boundaries end and another person's boundaries begin.
They frequently lack healthy personal boundaries, having few at all, or perhaps having such rigid boundaries that they easily offend others.
They tend to focus on other people's negative characteristics and traits, rather than the positive ones.
They tend to fall in love (or lust) easily, demand total trust but have difficulty trusting others.
They misunderstand relationship dynamics and often fear long-term commitment.
Many codepependents have difficulty surrendering their lives to God.

Codependency to Self-identity is a Faith-based Codependency Recovery Manual that will provide you with the keys necessary to find freedom from codependency and facilitate the development of a healthy self-identity.

Chapter Outline:
I. Introduction
1. Self-identity & Self-esteem
2. Self-identity vs. Codependency
3. Major Issues in Codependency
4. Shame & Codependency: Roots of Addiction
5. Codependent Family Roles
6. Checking your Personal Boundaries
7. Developing Healthy Boundaries
8. Tracking Your Recovery: The Road out of Codependency
9. Spiritual Awakening: Letting go of Boundaries & Limits

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr. Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators, President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula, are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based, Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk, addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders, and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

This
course is for self-help and personal improvement. If you wish to obtain
a certificate of completion for judiciary purposes, please enroll under
one of the appropriate programs (i.e., Anger-management, Domestic
Violence Abatement, or Batterers' Intervention Treatment). If you are
seeking training, leading to certification, please enroll under the
appropriate Specialist's course.




Arrested Development & Dual-personalities
[Understanding Life-span Development, Developmental Wounds & Personality Disorders]. An essential tool for pastors, counselors, chaplains and teachers.

If you have ever been accused of having a "Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde" type personality or, have lived with, worked with, tried to befriend, or counseled an individual of this personality type, this volume is for you.

This volume provides an introduction to human development over the life-span, as one transitions from stage to stage of growth. It examines the process of personality development, demonstrates how one's personality can become bent or distorted through developmental wounding, and how such wounding can predispose an person to various personality disorders and an inability to develop healthy human bonding.

It reveals the underlying cause of personality distortion -- the loss of love -- and describes the resulting manifestations of rejection and rebellion that give rise to addictions, compulsions, codependency and other life-controlling problems.

This volume also lays the groundwork for answering some of life's most important, but sometimes troubling, questions: Who am I? What is the meaning of my life experience? What is my purpose in life? Where am I going? And, How do I get there? It provides keys for restoring that deep felt need for inner wholeness and well-being. Finally, it closes with a powerful exercise that, when used, can help break any compulsivity or addiction.

Course Outline:
I Introduction
1. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: The Dual Personality
2. The Roots of Rejection: Reactive Attachment Disorder
3. The Ravages of Rebellion: Reactive Lifestyles
4. Fools' Gold: Love vs. Lust
5. Who am I? [Developing a Personal Ontology]
6. My Epistemology [Understanding My Life-experience]
7. Life-span Development & Reactive Behaviors
8. Man's Magnificent Mind: The Conscious and Unconscious Mind

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr.
Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

This
course is for self-help and personal improvement. If you wish to obtain
a certificate of completion for judiciary purposes, please enroll under
one of the appropriate programs (i.e., Anger-management, Domestic
Violence Abatement, or Batterers' Intervention Treatment). If you are
seeking training, leading to certification, please enroll under the
appropriate Specialist's course.

Healing Inner-Child Wounds:
Breaking Life-commandments

This manual is an essential tool for pastors, chaplains, counselors and those seeking to understand and resolve inner wounds of childhood. It is a ideal resource for use in Inner-child Workshops, Group and Individual Counseling and Pastoral Care.

This volume begins where any volume on inner-child wounds should: in the womb. at the moment of conception: the beginning of human development. Each chapter opens with a reexamination of one of life's early developmental stages then moves on to a discussion of the developmental tasks of that stage, the rite of passage from one stage to the next, factors that can sabotage an individual's developmental progress, and the reactive, aberrant behaviors that are often manifest in adulthood and result from one's failure to successfully traverse this pathway of development.

Each lesson closes with specific exercises, prayers and meditations designed to help bring closure to that particular stage of life and facilitate one's growth and progress toward maturity.

Course Outline:
I. Introduction
1. Healing In-utero Wounds [Overcoming Rejection & Abandonment]
2. Healing the Wounds of Infancy [Developing Trust, Hope, Faith & Love]
3. Healing the Toddler's Trauma [Defusing Obstinate-Defiant Disorders]
4. Escaping Early Childhood [Releasing Magic Thinking: Restoring Creativity]
5. Beyond Concrete Thinking [Developing Self-awareness, Industry & Competence]

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr.
Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

This
course is for self-help and personal improvement. If you wish to obtain
a certificate of completion for judiciary purposes, please enroll under
one of the appropriate programs (i.e., Anger-management, Domestic
Violence Abatement, or Batterers' Intervention Treatment). If you are
seeking training, leading to certification, please enroll under the
appropriate Specialist's course.

Toxic Shame & The Journey Out
A 12-Step Spiritual Journey

Toxic Shame & The Journey Out is a Faith-based, 12-Step Manual for Recovery From Toxic Shame. It is an essential tool for pastors, chaplains, counselors, therapists, recovery program personnel and, individuals seeking to find a release from the toxic shame that keeps them bound in addictions, compulsive behaviors and other life-controlling problems.

Below every addiction, compulsivity, codependency, and/or other life-controlling problem, lies toxic shame. Shame, unlike guilt, it not about what one has done, but rather, about who one is. Shamed to the very core, we develop a negative self-image and a corresponding poor self-worth. Then, because each of us needs affirmation and approval -- if only from ourselves -- we act-out our negative self-concept, thereby exacerbating the shame we try so hard to excape.

Toxic Shame & The Journey Out provides a gentle and effective faith-based approach to recovery, guiding the student out of the clutches of shame into the embrace of the loving arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It employs the principles of the Divine Exchange offered by Jesus Christ: to take our shame upon himself and bestow upon us His glory. It is an ideal resource for recovery programs, individual and group counseling, pastoral care, and committed individuals seeking self-help and personal improvement.

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr.
Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

This
course is for self-help and personal improvement. If you wish to obtain
a certificate of completion for judiciary purposes, please enroll under
one of the appropriate programs (i.e., Anger-management, Domestic
Violence Abatement, or Batterers' Intervention Treatment). If you are
seeking training, leading to certification, please enroll under the
appropriate Specialist's course.

Adolescence & Beyond: Growing Beyond Our Genetics

Adolescence & Beyond is a Faith-based Guide for Parenting Adolescents and the Reparenting of One's Self. An essential tool for pastors, chaplains, counselors, parents of teens, and individuals seeking to understand and resolve adolescent wounds.

Adolescence is a troubling, mystifying period of life; a developmental stage commencing around thirteen and continuing until one reaches adulthood, around age twenty-six. It is a season of life during which we leave childhood and journey towards maturity, a time during which we acquire many of our life-management skills: some positive and effective, others rather dysfunctional and ineffective. Adoloescence is a stretch during which we may experience positive parental guidance or profound abuse, either of which will impact every significant relationship we develop, as well as our own parenting skills.

Inheritence vs. Environment
Have you ever wondered about the effect genetics has on the development of personhood, personality, aptitudes, attitudes, characteristics and behavor? This volume examines the life-span development challenges, tasks and potential pitfalls of adolescence; the effect of genetics vs. environment; the etiology (causitive origins) of Misogynists (men who hate and fear women), Misandrists (women eho hate and fear men), Misogamists (persons who hate and fear marriage), and Misandrists (persons who disdain the human race).

Moving on from this beginning, this manual scrutinizes the impact one's family lineage has on the development of beliefs, misbeliefs, life-commandments, attitudes and values. The manual employs a Family Time Line and Family Genogram (or Family Map) to illustrate the impact of genetics, and shows students how to develop one on their own family.

Armed with an understanding of the effect of genetics, the volume then examines the possibilities and probabilities for change, employing the Serenity Prayer in learning to "accept the things we cannot change, (having) courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

In closing, the volume introduces a study of the Christian "new birth" which in the original Greek language, means to be "re-gened," demonstrating through biblical and scientific reference, the enormity of change possible to those who just believe. References from Eastern philosophy, Native American tradition, the Bible and Science demonstrate the universality of the belief in and reality of meta-change and quantum-healing.

Course Outline
I. Introduction
1. Individuation & Self-identity
2. Healing Father-Daughter Wounds
3. Healing Mother-Son Wounds
4. Healing Same-sex Child-parent Wounds
5. The Remaking of Misogynists, Misandrists, Misogamists & Misanthropists
6. Creating a Family Time Line
7. Discovering My Origins [Creating a Family Genogram]
8. Walk in My Soul [Embracing My True Identity]
9. Meta-Change & Quantum-Healing

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr.
Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company. Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

This
course is for self-help and personal improvement. If you wish to obtain
a certificate of completion for judiciary purposes, please enroll under
one of the appropriate programs (i.e., Anger-management, Domestic
Violence Abatement, or Batterers' Intervention Treatment). If you are
seeking training, leading to certification, please enroll under the
appropriate specialist's course.


Bonding vs. Bondage -- Marriage:
A Journey into Intimacy & Fulfillment

Comming Soon!
Parenting: Positive vs. Punitive

Coming soon!
In Pursuit of Sexual Wholeness

Coming Soon!
The Family Crucible:
A Biblical Perspective of Family Systems

Coming Soon!
Counseling Addicts & Offenders:
A Guide to Criminal Justice Counseling

An essential tool for pastors, chaplains, recovery facilitators, counselors, criminal justice personnel, and those addicts and offenders who have had enough and are truly commited to changing their life.

If you have ever been involved in counseling addicts, perpetrators of domestic violence and/or other criminal justice offenders, or have had the misfortune to have personally experienced the criminal justice experience, you are all too familiar with the Judicial System's revolving door: a merry-go-round of arrest, conviction, incarceration, release, arrest, etc., etc.

Why, knowing the outcome, do addicts and offenders keep on doing the same old things?

In this volume you will learn just how differently addicts and offenders process information: distinctly different from other people. Their cognitive and affective thought processes are different; their foundational beliefs, life-commandments and value systems are different. And alas, their goals, purposes, and motivations are different. Attempting to correct their problematic behaviors through behavior-modification therapy is much like trying to treat a skin cancer by covering it up with a band-aid.

Counseling Addicts & Offenders will help you understand the mental processes of the addict and/or offender; discover new therapeutic approaches, techniques and modalities that have proven successful with this population. You will gain important insight that will help you select the most appropriate treatment setting, treatment team and therapeutic approach.

Course Outline:
I. Introduction
1. The Profile of A Perpetrator
2. The Axiology of Addicts' & Perpetrators' Twisted Thinking
3. The Etiology of Addicts and Offenders
4. Fractured, Fused and Frozen Emotions
5. Destructive Defense Mechanisms
6. Malevolent Misbeliefs & Life-commandments
7. Treatment Considerations
8. Selecting Treatment Settings
9. Treatment Methods & Modalities
10. Innovative Interventions
12. Case Studies & Considerations
13. Enduring Ethics
14. Judicial Jargon
15. The Last Word

Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr.
Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several
external study colleges and universities, and continues to serve as a faculty member of Vision International University. He is a leader in online
counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr.
Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators,
President of Jubilee Enterprises, and CEO of AFS Family Skills
Institute and AFS Publishing Company.

Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula,
are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based,
Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two
decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk,
addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,
and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.

Dr. James V. and Paula Potter, MA, have authored numerous books, including seven that have been used collectively as the curriculum in judicial system certified anger-management, domestic violence abatement and batterer's intervention treatment programs that have a proven track record of recovery, with a recidivism rate among graduates of less than ten percent (10%).

This
course is for self-help and personal improvement. If you wish to obtain
a certificate of completion for judiciary purposes, please enroll under
one of the appropriate programs (i.e., Anger-management, Domestic
Violence Abatement, or Batterers' Intervention Treatment). If you are
seeking training, leading to certification, please enroll under the
appropriate specialist's course.


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