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
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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.