Please download this flyer and share it with fellow DA and BDA members, groups, and Intergroups.
Our workshop schedule for the current 6-month "Let's Do BDA Together" cycle is available below, plus a schedule for our next cycle of the 6-month workshop cycle, beginning in January 2021:
OUR SUMMARY WORKSHOP FORMAT
7 minutes: Host opens with Serenity Prayer and gets the workshop started
15 minutes: Guest speaker shares experience, strength, and hope on the three DA/BDA topics scheduled for the current workshop
12 minutes: Q&A with guest speaker
7 minutes: Host provides mid-workshop details and housekeeping details plus any new, vital information
15 minutes: Host shares experience, strength, and hope on the three DA/BDA topics scheduled for the current workshop
12 minutes: Q&A with host
47 minutes (2-minute setup plus 15 minutes per workshop topic): Host invites workshop participants to share on each of the topics for the week individually — usually six or seven 2-minute shares per topic with a timer and no feedback
5 minutes: Host leads us through wrap-up, preparation for next session, and close with Serenity Prayer
AN OVERVIEW OF THE "LET'S DO BDA TOGETHER" WORKSHOP CYCLE
The first workshop in our July-December 2020 cycle included an extra one-hour orientation, then we jumped immediately into the core topics of this 25-workshop, six-month series. During this workshop cycle, we will cover most of the 12s in DA and BDA — Steps, DA Tools, Traditions, BDA Tools, Concepts, and DA Promises (see our Contact page for downloadable pdfs of each list). For the primary program principles, tools, and promises, we will offer specific applications for DA and BDA members who own, operate, manage, or work for businesses, either for-profit or not-for-profit. Each numbered set of recovery topics (i.e. Step One, Tradition One, etc) has been allotted two workshop sessions.
The first session of each pair will cover Steps, DA Tools, and Traditions. The second session of each pair will cover BDA Tools, Concepts, and Promises. Our focus is recovery, and everyone is eligible. We recommend that you prepare for each pair of workshops by reading the distributed workshop materials in full. Then please do the relevant readings from DA
publications, jotting down notes and questions as you go:
Matching Step, Tradition, and Concept from our DA “12, 12, and 12” book
Full description of the matching DA and BDA Tools (you can download the DA Tools for free from www.debtorsanonymous.org; we can provide the BDA Tools pamphlet)
Full description of the matching DA Promise from the new DA Promises pamphlet
For workshop participants who do not have the DA “12, 12, and 12” book, the BDA Tools pamphlet, or the DA Promises pamphlet — and who have a financial need for free books — we are happy to supply any or all of the related eBooks to workshop participants at no cost. If you are committed to attending and participating in the upcoming workshop cycle, please email your name, best email address for receiving eBook links, and whether you need the DA book, BDA pamphlet, DA pamphlet, some combination, or all three to email@example.com and links to your literature will be gratefully sent to you. (Based on availability of funds.)
For workshop participants who can easily afford to purchase their own conference-approved literature, we do suggest eBooks as an excellent delivery method.
Next, as the workshops progress, please answer some of the questions posed in the workshop materials for the relevant sessions that are coming up. Focus only on the questions that resonate for you. We don’t expect anyone to answer every question we’ve posed; most will answer fewer than half. That’s okay. The questions are primarily meant to help focus your thinking on the topics at hand. Meditating on the questions may provide just as much value as writing out answers. You’ll also find occasional exercises and activities to prepare for the upcoming workshops, especially related to the DA and BDA Tools.
While “yes” and “no” answers are rarely enough, more than a paragraph or two per question is rarely necessary or desired. Because time for sharing will be limited, we suggest finding a “study buddy” in the group and reading your written responses to one another.
Our 25th session will be a wrap-up, review, and discussion of “What’s Next?” Of more than 90 DA and BDA members who joined us for the Twos in cycle one, only 24 were still with us when we got to the Twelves. We're hoping for a higher retention rate for cycle two, and hope you will be one of the DA and BDA members still with us at the end of December 2020.
AN EXAMPLE OF THE "LET'S DO BDA TOGETHER" WORKSHOP MATERIALS
The "Let's Do BDA Together" workshop materials you can see and download below are those that we used for the Threes of our program principles and resources, directly related to the fifth and sixth workshops in the current cycle. As you'll see in the links below the image, each set of materials comes with a multi-page pdf and a much briefer word doc, containing only the questions we've posed for meditation and writing. A new set of workshop materials is provided every other week during the cycle, for a total of 12 sets of materials, plus a participant survey for review in week 25. Only the Threes will be posted here. All other sets will be posted in the participants-only section of this website. We don't mean to be discouraging, but once we get past the Threes in the cycle, which we have, we suggest new workshop participants consider waiting to start at the beginning of the next cycle. See the flyer and calendar above for next cycle details. Our experience in cycle one this year was that no one who joined us after we had covered the Threes of the program stayed with us for more than a week or two.
The related recordings from the current cycle can be heard by using the buttons below: