Each of the 12 DivorceCare sessions will include a video on
an issue related to divorce and recovery. The video, which also is
closed captioned for the hearing impaired, is followed by group
"What's Happening to Me?" is the topic to be explored Sept. 8.
Designed to introduce participants to the support group concept, the
first session looks at why divorce hurts so much and how those who
are experiencing separation or divorce can begin to stabilize their
lives. The video features psychotherapist Les Carter of the Minirth
Clinic in Richardson, Texas, and Myles Munroe, Ph.D., author of
"Single, Married, Separated & Life After Divorce."
On Sept. 15 the topic is "The Road to Healing," which looks at
the losses associated with divorce, the importance of grieving, and
some initial steps to take to begin the healing process. The video
features H. Norman Wright, author of more than 70 books, including
"Recovering From the Losses of Life" and "Crisis Counseling." Wright
also teaches at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and serves on the
executive board of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
In the video "Facing My Anger" on Sept. 22, psychotherapist Les
Carter explores eight sources of anger and offers practical
suggestions on how to deal with it. Co-author of "The Anger
Workbook," Carter is known as "America's Anger Expert"; he conducts
anger management workshops around the country.
"Facing My Depression" looks at losses that accompany divorce and
how they contribute to depression, and identifies effective ways of
dealing with that depression. The video, which will be shown Sept.
29, features psychology professor Archibald Hart, Ph.D., and
pastoral ministries professor David Seamands, Ph.D.
Healthy ways to overcome the loneliness of divorce will be the
topic Oct. 6. In the video "Facing My Loneliness," psychotherapist
Les Carter looks at causes of loneliness and pitfalls to avoid when
working through lonely feelings. In addition, Myles Munroe offers
suggestions for moving out of loneliness and into a fulfilling life.
On Oct. 13, "What Does the Owner's Manual Say?" will offer
biblical guidance on issues related to separation, divorce and
remarriage. The video features Tony Evans, Ph.D., author and founder
of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas, Texas; Jim Talley, Ph.D.,
author of "Life After Divorce" and "Reconcilable Differences"; and
Craig Keener, Ph.D., professor of New Testament studies at Eastern
Baptist Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., and author of "And
On Oct. 20, "New Relationships" and "Single Sexuality" will
answer questions such as: Am I ready to begin dating again? How can
I make sure a new relationship will work out? If I don't remarry,
how can I deal with the loss of intimacy? The video features pastor
and author Tony Evans; Gary Richmond, pastor and author of "The
Divorce Decision"; author and speaker Dick Purnell; licensed
clinical social worker Linda Mintle, Ph.D.; and Elsa Kok, former
editor of the single-parent-family edition of Focus on the Family
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"Financial Survival," the topic for Oct. 27, focuses on key
financial issues related to divorce and offers suggestions for
achieving financial stability as quickly as possible. The video,
which features the late Larry Burkett, identifies three "budget
busters" and how to make ends meet. Burkett was founder of the
world's largest Christian financial counseling organization and
author of several books, including "The Complete Financial Guide for
Successful parenting during and after divorce will be discussed
Nov. 3. "KidCare" looks at divorce's effect on children of different
ages, advises parents on how to help their children cope with their
parents' divorce, and suggests ways to minimize the negative effects
of parental dating. Featured experts are Bob Barnes, Ph.D.,
counselor and author of "Single Parenting" and "Raising Confident
Kids"; Archibald Hart; and pastor, author and counselor Gary
The video "Forgiveness" on Nov. 10 compares the emotional and
physical effects of unforgiveness with the freedom and permanent
healing that come through forgiving the former spouse. It features
psychologist and author Robert Abarno, Ph.D., and counselor Doug
Easterday, author of "Restoration Through Forgiveness."
The biblical concept of reconciliation will be discussed Nov. 17.
The video "Reconciliation" looks at reasons to consider
reconciliation and offers practical advice on that process. Pastor,
author and counselor Gary Richmond and author-counselor Jim Talley
Positive experiences that can come out of divorce will be topic
for the final session on Nov. 24. "Moving On, Growing Closer to God"
looks at the spiritual growth and renewal that can result from
divorce. Among the experts featured in the video are Myles Munroe
and Robert Abarno.
Participants may join the DivorceCare group at any time during
the 12-week series; preregistration is not required. Cost of the
DivorceCare workbook is $12. Child care is available. Call
217-732-9294 for more information.
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