Please download this flyer and share it with fellow DA and BDA members, groups, and Intergroups.
Our workshop schedules for the current and next 6-month "Bill and Bob Do BDA" cycles are available below:
OUR SUMMARY WORKSHOP FORMAT
10 minutes: Monthly moderator opens with Serenity Prayer and workshop leaders provide housekeeping details plus any new, vital information
15 minutes: Workshop leader #1 shares experience, strength, and hope on the three DA/BDA topics scheduled for the current workshop
15 minutes: Q&A and/or group discussion with workshop leader #1
15 minutes: Workshop leader #2 shares experience, strength, and hope on the three DA/BDA topics scheduled for the current workshop
15 minutes: Q&A and/or group discussion with workshop leader #2
45 minutes (in increments of 15 minutes per workshop topic): Monthly moderator 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 from workshop leaders
5 minutes: Monthly moderator leads us through wrap-up, preparation for next session, and close with Serenity Prayer
NOTE: For the 2020 cycles of "Bill and Bob Do BDA" workshops, Bill is workshop leader #1 and Bob is workshop leader #2 — every week — unless one of them needs to be absent and to request a substitute facilitator. Although we have heard requests for guest speakers, most of those who have continued through the workshop cycle have assured us that the consistency and continuity of hearing two members share on all of our 36 principles, 24 tools, and 12 promises is of greater value than any of us could have imagined. Having said that, we would LOVE to engage other facilitators for other workshops and series in 2021 and beyond. Please send an email to email@example.com if this is of interest to you.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE "BILL AND BOB DO BDA" WORKSHOP CYCLE
The first workshop in our July-December 2020 cycle will include an extra one-hour orientation, then we will jump 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, we are happy to supply any or all of them at no cost. If you are committed to attending and participating in the upcoming workshop cycle, please email your name, physical mailing address, and whether you need the DA book, BDA pamphlet, DA pamphlet, some combination, or all three to firstname.lastname@example.org and your literature will be gratefully sent to you.
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 "BILL AND BOB DO BDA" WORKSHOP MATERIALS
The "Bill and Bob Do BDA" workshop materials you can see and download below are those that we will use for the Ones of our program principles and resources, directly related to the first two workshops in the 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 will be provided every other week once we've started the cycle, for a total of 12 sets of materials, plus a participant survey for review in week 25. Only the Ones will be posted here. All other sets will be posted in the participants-only section of this website. We will begin taking new website members for cycle two on July 7th. More resources will be available to you once you're a website member.