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  • Region I Conference: Understanding Alcoholism & Steps 1,2,3: The ABCs of AA part 2

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar is 0.3 CEUs in the category of Professional Studies (PS) and is presented at the Little/None Knowledge level. Alcoholism is a fatal disease, killing Deaf people because they don’t have access to the way out presented in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and literature. What is the difference between “alcoholism” and “heavy drinking” (what might be called alcohol abuse)? The general public and even the treatment community confuse the two frequently. This distinction is of utmost importance when interpreting in AA. Following a skit to introduce AA’s beginnings and key figures, we will use Alcoholics Anonymous (fondly known as the “Big Book”) as our guide to explore what alcoholism is and how it affects alcoholics. Along the way we will encounter the ideas of physical allergy, phenomenon of craving, obsession of the mind, powerlessness, and Higher Power. In studying Steps 1, 2, and 3 (both enumerated form and actual directions in the Big Book), we will examine concepts such as admitting powerlessness and unmanageability, coming to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, and turning over our will and lives. The ABCs of AA summarize “The Doctor’s Opinion” and the first four chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous, and are found on page 60 in chapter 5, “How It Works.”

    Alcoholism is a fatal disease, killing Deaf people because they don’t have access to the way out presented in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and literature. What is the difference between “alcoholism” and “heavy drinking” (what might be called alcohol abuse)? The general public and even the treatment community confuse the two frequently. This distinction is of utmost importance when interpreting in AA. Following a skit to introduce AA’s beginnings and key figures, we will use Alcoholics Anonymous (fondly known as the “Big Book”) as our guide to explore what alcoholism is and how it affects alcoholics. Along the way we will encounter the ideas of physical allergy, phenomenon of craving, obsession of the mind, powerlessness, and Higher Power. In studying Steps 1, 2, and 3 (both enumerated form and actual directions in the Big Book), we will examine concepts such as admitting powerlessness and unmanageability, coming to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, and turning over our will and lives. The ABCs of AA summarize “The Doctor’s Opinion” and the first four chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous, and are found on page 60 in chapter 5, “How It Works.”

    David Evans

    David N. Evans is a student of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which allows practitioners to analyze their work in holistic, non-evaluative terms, and is dedicated to the practice of reflective dialogue at the Etna Project (ask about it). A nationally-certified practitioner providing ASL–English interpretation and translation services since 1987, David works extensively in conference, recovery/12-step, and community settings. Educating interpreters for over 25 years, David's sessions are interactive, entertaining, and informative—creating a relaxed, safe environment for all audiences. Accomplishments include presenting three keynotes, two National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI) conferences, one National Association of the Deaf (NAD) conference, five national RID conferences (once with a record attendance of over 1,250 participants), numerous regional and state conferences, as well as local seminars and workshops. David established Bridge Communications in 1996 to further his goals of providing skill-building and video materials for interpreters. David makes his home in Minneapolis where he owns a beautiful 1911 house. He loves Frisbee, reading, roller skating, music & dancing, and walking around the city's many lakes.



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    RID is providing this workshop as an opportunity for safe, respectful learning and will not permit harassment, discrimination or horizontal violence based on another's comments, questions, schema, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other protected class.
    At the end of the webinar participants will be able to:

    1. List two key figures and two important events in AA’s history.
    2. Describe the three components of alcoholism.
    3. Differentiate between alcoholism and alcohol abuse.
    4. Explain the ideas of physical allergy, phenomenon of craving, obsession of the mind, powerlessness, a Power greater than oneself, and turning over one’s will.
    5. Summarize the problem, solution, and program of action.