Group Leader Resources Course Specific Training Resources Below are the resources accessible to those who have agreed to begin the training to become Group Leaders: Group Leader Training Manual EMS Online Hope for Healing (Women) Hope for Healing (Men) Harboring Hope Beyond EMS Additional Resources Why become a Group Leader Now? Having past participants like you become Group Leaders is a CRITICAL part of our process. We don't use therapists or professionals as Group Leaders. Our research has proven that past participants working as Group Leaders offer hope and encouragement that professionals cannot. This translates to more significant and positive changes in depression, anxiety, and overall enjoyment in life and marriage where applicable. Past participants offer what professionals cannot. More people are coming to us for help each month. We can only offer groups for them if we have enough Group Leaders. We never want to turn people away from healing because we don't have enough Group Leaders willing to lead a group of their own. So please, take the time to carefully consider this and give it a shot. Many quickly respond that they're not ready because they don't feel they are fully healed and on the other side. Rest assured, the timing of your invitation is not impulsive. Over time we have honed this process and carefully schedule our invitations, training, and new leader assignments based on history for what's best for the leader and for the participants. Healing is our utmost concern and we will not do something that's going to risk your recovery or the recovery of those in your group. Please consider the feedback below from those who have taken the next step of becoming a Group Leader. "Thank you for the opportunity to serve as [Group Leaders] of EMSO. We get back so much more than the participants do." P. & L. | Texas "As I look back over the nine months I've been traveling with these women, I am amazed at the work [God] has done in my own heart. I'm vastly different from the woman I was then. Thank you for allowing me to continue my healing journey in this way. It's been better than dozens of counselors!" T. | California If you've been a part of any 12 step groups or are familiar with then, you'll know that Step 12 is giving back. Those who work the steps turn back and help others do the same while revisiting what they have already learned and solidifying those lessons more so with each person they work with. This is the most important part of recovery. This is where you will see growth in leaps and bounds. This is where you see the purpose of the pain. It worked for the leaders who made the comments above and it will work for you too. We believe "Healed individuals are vital guides" and we have worked this into the process of healing. We know how important this step is and we will support you and train you along the way just like we did through your coursework. You're not alone. Don't worry about committing to leading a group right now, just commit to learning more about it and you can simply mentor a group alongside an already trained leader. After that course you can decide if you want to take this step or not. Don't make the mistake of casting this aside and miss out on a huge opportunity of continued growth and healing. Group Leader Testimonial: Amanda and Kenneth G. This video features Amanda and Kenneth, bewell and kg78. They share their experience of the healing journey they found through leading groups and how it took their healing to a whole new level of understanding. Their full video can be found here: Kenneth and Amanda's Mentor Video. Group Leader Testimonial: Alicia M. This video features Alicia, alicia0815, sharing her experience as a Group Leader for Affair Recovery and encourages you to do the same. Her full video can be found here: Michael & Alicia's Mentor Video. Group Leader Testimonial: Gayle H. The below video includes Gayle H, gayle2012, sharing her journey of becoming a Group Leader as a part of her personal recovery and offers encouragement to you as well. A Conference Call in Real Life Below is a fun video that plays out what a conference call would look like in real life. It really is funny, but it's funny because it's true. I share it with you not only so you can get a laugh, but also to help you have appropriate expectations for your calls. There will no doubt be difficulties from time to time and it's important to expect that and be prepared to respond appropriately to them.