Course curriculum

  • 1

    BALM Family Recovery Specialist Program Overview

  • 2

    Q and A Calls for Specialists - Introduction

    • Why is this important?

    • Calendar of Q and A Calls

    • Link for Cohort Calls - Click here at time of call and you will be connected. (1pm to 2pm ET)

    • Invitation to Scheduled Q and A Calls

    • BALM Family Recovery Specialist Cohort Gatherings Dec 10 2019

  • 3

    Information - The 12 Principles - Introduction

    • Introduction to and Summary of the 12 Principles

    • How Principle 1 and the 12 Principles Can Help You Blaze the Trail to Recovery in Your Home - Lisa Costa interviews Bev Buncher

    • The Origins of the BALM Program

  • 4

    Principle 1

    • Lesson 1 - The Family's Role in Early Recovery

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    • Princple 1 Course Materials

    • The First 90 Days of Recovery

    • When A Loved One Triangulates During Treatment - interview with Eric Bricker

    • A Son Discusses His Recovery Journey and How His Mom Helped Him - an interview with Chris Costa

    • What are you contributing to - addiction or recovery? - discussion

    • A mom and son share their recovery journey and the impact of the BALM Program - interview with Teresa and James Bagnall

    • How to Help Your Loved One Have a Successful Treatment Experience

    • Principle 1 Quiz

  • 5

    Principle 2

    • Lesson 2 - How Change Happens

    • Princple 2 Course Materials

    • Motivational Interviewing – What it is!

    • Medication assisted treatment

    • Season of Joy and Stress-help for the holidays

    • Motivational Interviewing for people in Stages 1-3 of the stages of change

    • Change Happens in Stages

    • James and Janice Prochaska - Change Happens in Stages

    • Principle 2 - Daily BALM - Michael DeForbes - July 25 2018

    • Coaches Share on Stages of Change

    • Families Share on Stages of Change

    • Grief Recovery - How it works

    • Principle 2 Quiz

  • 6

    Principle 3

    • Lesson 3 - How to Let Go Without Giving Up or Giving In

    • Princple 3 Course Materials

    • Alex C. - Interview

    • 27 Year Old Woman in Recovery Shares about Her Treatment Experience and How Her Parents Took Custody of Her Children in the Darkest Days of Her Addiction

    • Love is the Answer - Getting In Touch of That Part of Yourself that is Already Whole and Healthy

    • Mindfulness and the Family's Role

    • 11 Minute Meditation on the Breath with Bev

    • How Grieving Can Affect Family Recovery Even When Your Loved One is Alive

    • Addictions Counselor/BALM Wife Shares How Principle Three Helped Her When Her Spouse Relapsed

    • Discussion on Ways to Help A BALM Family Member Decide: 'Should I Stay or Should I Go? '

    • Discussion on Principle Three

    • A Mom/BALM Coach Shares Her Story of How the BALM Has Transformed Her Relationship with Her Son

    • MAT to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic

    • Under the Iceberg - Letting Go When It Comes to Having a Loved One with a Substance Use Disorder

    • How the BALM's Transformative Process Came to Be and How It Works

    • A Presence Meditation and discussion on the 3rd principle

    • Principle 3 - for Family Members and for Persons in Recovery

    • Positive Psychology

    • Principle 3 Quiz

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    Principle 4

    • Lesson 4 - How to Be Your Loved Ones Best Chance at Recovery

    • Princple 4 Course Materials

    • Denial and Enabling

    • Recovery when there is a gambling addiction

    • How Families Can Be Their Best Chance - A Sober Living Program Director Shares His 27 Year Recovery and Professional Experience

    • A BALM Coach/Mom Tells Her Principle 4 Story

    • How to Be Your Loved One's Best Chance - from a Retired Treatment CEO in Longterm Recovery

    • How Reducing Your Trauma Triggers with the BALM and through other Modalities Can Help You Be Your Loved One's Best Chance

    • Sustaining Your BALM Practice Over the Years through the Ups and Downs of Your Loved One's Recovery - A BALM Mom Shares

    • All About Flooding - An Interview with Andra Medea - Author of Coflict Unravelled: Problem Solving at Home at Work

    • Principle 4 Quiz

  • 8

    Principle 5

    • Lesson 5 - How to Keep the Focus On Yourself and Off of Your Loved One

    • Princple 5 Course Materials

    • A Deeper Look at Self Care - for the Person Advanced in Their Recovery

    • Helping Yourself and Your Loved One to Heal Quickly - Peggy Huddleston, Author of Heal Faster from Surgery

    • Peggy Huddleston - Relaxation Meditation

    • The Importance of Self Care When You Have a Loved One with Opioid Addiction - A BALM Mom Shares

    • Helping Families Fully Understand the Importance of Facing the Life and Death Nature of a Loved One's Malady and Why and How to Help Them Let Go of Obsession as Part of Their Self Care Journey

    • Discussion of Self Care - Workbook Activities, Getting Below the Iceberg, Moving Forward in Your Own Recovery

    • SAM: Smart Approaches to Marijuana - discussion of the effects of marijuana use

    • Pointing to Your True North - The BALM Self Care Journey for a person in long term 12 Step Recovery.

    • The Real Difference Self Care Makes when sharing life with struggling loved ones - a BALM mom

    • Principle 5 Quiz

  • 9

    Principle 6

    • Lesson 6 - How to Be A Truly Loving Person

    • Princple 6 Course Materials

    • The Research on Addiction and the Family's Role - Interview with Dr. John Kelly, author, Addiction Recovery Management: Theory, Research and Practice

    • Love-based Parenting - Deborah Chellette MSW and Research shares the BALM through the research on the role of love in healing

    • DBT and Harm Reduction - Interview with Trauma Therapist Dr. James Campbell

    • Donald Blackwell, Author of Letters to Ashley, shares his journey as the dad of a daughter with an eating disorder

    • How the Loving Approach Works with All Relationships - A BALM Daughter shares how she applied what her relationship with her atypical son taught her to her relationship with her parents' struggling with Alcohol Use Disorder

    • Willing to Go to Any Length - A Person in Long Term Recovery Shares His Journey

    • Keeping Love the Main Thing

    • Dealing with a Loved One's Mental illness During the Third Act of Your Life

    • Discussion: Family Members Share How they Apply Principle 6 in Their Relationships at Home

    • BALM Mom Shares How the BALM Approach to Love Helped Her Reach Her Son and Improve Her Relationships with Both of Her Adult Children

    • The Origins of Principle 6 - an Interview with Bev Buncher, creator of the BALM Programs

    • The BALM Path to Learning to Love and Live in the Present when Living with an Opioid Addicted Loved One - whether they are in Recovery or not

    • The Evolution of the Seven Steps to Be A Loving Mirror - How Families Grow Into BALMing and Pitfalls Along the Way

    • Principle 6 Quiz

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    Principle 7

    • Lesson 7 - The How and Why of Setting Boundaries and Sticking to the Boundaries You Set

    • Princple 7 Course Materials

    • Clinical Advice on Boundary Setting with Young People

    • How to Help People in Early Recovery Set Boundaries

    • The Key to Family Recovery - Learning How to Set and Stick to Boundaries

    • Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving an Addict - interview with author Candace Plattor

    • The Role of Values in Boundary Setting - Interview with MSW and author Deborah Chelette Wilson

    • When Families Refuse to Set Boundaries, They Are Contributing to Their Loved One's Use Disorder

    • What It Takes to Set Strong Boundaries and Why It's Essential - BALM Mom Shares Her Experience with Boundary Setting

    • Discussion on the Principle Seven Section of the Fast Track Track Workbook

    • John Houton

    • Adrianne K.

    • A Mom and Son Share How His Mom's Boundary Setting Saved the Son's Life and Led Him to Become a BALM Coach

    • How Harm Reduction Can Save Lives - David Duffield Shares His Work Giving Out Needles to Those On the Streets

    • Principle 7 Quiz

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    Principle 8

    • Lesson 8 - Why Getting Support is So Important

    • Princple 8 Course Materials

    • SMART Recovery - Another way of getting support

    • Learn to Cope - A Support Group for Parents in Massachusetts

    • A Gambler Who Lost It All and Travels the Country Sharing His Story in Exchange for His Freedom

    • Getting Support for Sex Addiction

    • What Happens When Your Loved One Just Keeps Slipping? Working the BALM in the Middle of Chaos

    • A BALM Mom and Her Daughter Share their Recovery Journey

    • How Psychodrama Can Help Family Members Heal

    • Discussion The Power of Group Coaching

    • Colleen McManus

    • Mindful Compassion - An Interview with Author Julie Potiker

    • How Alanon and BALM Go Well Together - A BALM Mom and Coach Shares Her Story

    • A BALM Mom and Coach Shares Her Family's Story of Getting and Giving Support along with her son's recovery

    • Principle 8 Quiz

  • 12

    Principle 9

    • Lesson 9 - Explore andor Heal Your Relationship with Spirituality

    • Princple 9 Course Materials

    • The Importance of a Mindfulness Practice

    • The Enhancement of 36 Years of AA Recovery through Mindfulness and Spiritual Direction - A Rabbi's Story

    • Discussion on The 3 Relationships - Sacred, Self, & Others

    • Discussion on Relationship with Sacred/Spirituality

    • Growing Up as a Christian Scientist, Becoming Sober as a Teen and Finding BALM 30 years Later - A BALM Coach Shares His Spiritual Story

    • A BALM Coach Shares the Story of her 20 years in NA as a Christian and how the BALM Enhanced her Journey

    • Interview with Lisa Smith Author of Girl Walks out of a Bar - A Memoir

    • A BALM Coach Shares Her Spiritual Connection and How Artistic Expression Has Enhanced the Journey

    • A Christian BALM Coach Shares Her BALM Journey of Helping Her Daughter and Herself Find Recovery through the BALM

    • Darrell Fusaro

    • A Pastor Who is Also a BALM Coach and BALM Wife Shares Her Spiritual Journey

    • Jill Prevas - How the BALM has affected her Spiritual Journey

    • Two Way Prayer and Dialogue

    • A Young Person Recovering from a Heroin Use Disorder Shares Her Story and How Her Mom's Practice of the BALM Helped Her Find Recovery

    • Principle 9 Quiz

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    Principle 10

    • Lesson 10 - Heal Your Relationship with Yourself

    • Princple 10 Course Materials

    • How Direct Inquiry Can Help You Heal your Relationship with Yourself - interview with Scott Kiloby author of Natural Rest from Addiction

    • Health, Body Image, and Weight-loss

    • Amy Hughey - Interview

    • Jake Jansen - Interview

    • Discussion - Daily BALM - Principle 10

    • How Massage Can Enhance Family Recovery

    • How Financial Coaching Can Help Families and Loved Ones Devastated by Addiction

    • Stacey Karchner

    • Discussion

    • Beth Gross/Andrea Young

    • Beth Gross/Andrea Young

    • Denny Coates

    • Chris Prevas

    • JoAnne Richards

    • Tracy Ward

    • Michael Wilson - Interview

    • Mindfulness as a Path to Healing Your Relationship with Yourself

    • Principle 10 Quiz

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    Principle 11

    • Lesson 11 - Heal Your Relationhip with Others

    • Princple 11 Course Materials

    • Bev and Alan Buncher Talk About Their Marriage Through the Ups and Downs of Addiction

    • Forgiveness

    • Discussion with Bev on Healing Relationships with others - Forgiveness

    • A BALM Coach Shares how the BALM Helped Him Heal His Relationships with Others

    • A BALM Coach in longterm recovery shares how her relationships have evolved through her involvement with BALM

    • Discussion - Fast Track Workbook

    • Chris Prevas - Misery Index - part #2

    • A BALM Sister Discusses How Her Brother's Struggles Led her deeper into her own BALM Recovery

    • Recovery From Gambling Use Disorder for a BALM Loved One

    • After 18 years in NA, the BALM Helped this BALM Coach Heal Her Relationships with Others

    • Principle 11 Quiz

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    Principle 12

    • Lesson 12 - Be A Loving Mirror is the Journey and the Destination

    • Princple 12 Course Materials

    • Lisa Costa Interviews Beverly Buncher on the History & Method of the BALM.

    • A BALM Dad Shares How the BALM Helped Him Encourage His Daughter in Her Recovery and Brought the Family Together

    • A BALM Mom Shares How Her BALM Journey Helped Her Help Her Daughter Embrace Recovery from a Longstanding Heroin Addiction

    • A BALM Mom Led the Way to Family Recovery and shared her BALM Story

    • A BALM Mom/BALM Coach Discussed How BALM Education and Coaching Completely Transformed Her and Her Family's View of Recovery and Relationship with their Son

    • BALM Couple Used the Program to Enhance Their Own Relationship and Their Relationship with their Adult Son After Years of Struggle and Fear

    • Discussion - Support for the Holidays

    • Discussion - P.12 - Week 2 - Support for the Holidays

    • After Years of Listening to Free BALM Calls, This BALM Life Partner Joined the Community and Got a Coach and Became Her Loved One's Best Chance

    • A BALM Mom Shared Her Journey to Helping Her Son Face His Use Disorder

    • Principle 12 Quiz

  • 16

    Transformation - The 7 Steps - Introduction

    • All About the 7 Steps to Be A Loving Mirror

  • 17

    7 Steps to BALM

    • Step 1

    • Step 2

    • Step 3

    • Step 4

    • Step 5

    • Step 6

    • Step 7

    • Wrap Up

    • 11 Minute Meditation on the Breath with Bev

  • 18

    BALM 12 Principles Live Facilitator Certification Course Introduction

    • 12 Principles Facilitator Course