ACA WSO Literature Committee projects strive to incorporate the following principles in their message:
ACA is a spiritual, not religious, program
ACA is inclusive of people from homes where alcohol and drugs were not present
Simple language that translates easily into many languages
Brief, clear and concise content (limited word count, avoided redundancy)
Below are the current projects of the ACA WSO Literature Committee.
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ACA Bill of Rights
In February 2019, the Literature Committee created the Bill of Rights development team. The team is nearing completion of an ACA Bill of Rights for consideration as fellowship-approved literature. This is an important document, as many adult children approach life from a “less than” position.
The Bill of Rights Committee compiled 147 “rights” statements and surveyed the fellowship. The committee whittled down fellowship favorites to 20 statements. After further wordsmithing, they structured the list to be read as a narrative from early recovery to later stages. For example, Statement 1, “I have the right to say No,” to Statement 20, “I have the right to be happy, joyous, and free.”
As of November 2020, the Bill of Rights is being evaluated by the Literature Evaluation Subcommittee.
The Boundaries Subcommittee’s was formed after the passage of a 2020 ballot proposal. Its purpose is to create educational resources that help adult children establish healthy, safe boundaries. The subcommittee first met in August 2020 and meets monthly.
The Subcommittee is creating two Boundary Meeting Formats and working with ACA members to get more input. One will be based on literature and the other will focus on practice. Once they’ve been tested they’ll be made available to the fellowship. Offering two different types of meetings will allow members to choose the type of meeting that works best for them.
Once approved, a resource guide, practice worksheets, and a boundaries PowerPoint presentation will eventually be made available to the fellowship. The subcommittee has also begun exploring the creation of a “Boundaries Book” and trifold.
In late 2017 the need was identified to better serve at least three distinct ACA audiences that have been imperfectly served by the Big Red Book: Newcomers, who must quickly figure out what is needed to get launched in their recovery; non-English communities, who struggle to translate long complex ACA literature; and sponsors/fellow travelers, who could benefit from an accessible reference in aiding newcomers.
The initial rough draft is in progress.
Loving Parent Guidebook
The WSO Literature Committee is near completion of the Loving Parent Guidebook (LPG) which supports adult children to reparent themselves. This experiential project was unanimously authorized by the 2017 ABC delegates and has been in development since December 2017. The fourth draft moved to the Literature Evaluation Subcommittee for evaluation in December 2020. A decision on if it will move to the publishing phase or return to the subcommittee for further development is expected by the end of January 2021.
“Fellowship Review” lasts between one to three years. During that time members can purchase a copy and submit feedback before it is eventually revised and submitted to an ABC for Conference approval. The LPG’s content, questions, and experiential exercises are intended to serve as a guide both for meetings, study groups, and personal recovery.
Ready, Set, Go
Ready Set GO!! (RSG) is an Introductory 12 Steps Starter Guide Book. It s in final pre-publication editing and will soon move to the Lit Eval Subcommittee for evaluation.
RSG is an introduction to the ACA program, the ACA 12 Steps, and the Inner Child. Developed especially for newcomers, yet also helpful for experienced members. RSG may be done in 5 or 6 closed, 2 hour weekly meetings/workshop online, phone and/or face-to-face.
The structured and detailed material is a great way to gather together to gain more clarity and understanding of ACA, ACA Steps and the Inner Child. Also containing Ready Set GO!! One Day Event for those seeking knowledge of the ACA program using a workshop presentation in 7 or 8 hours.
Spiritual Inclusiveness Working Group
This Literature Committee working group held their first meeting on October 12, 2019. The group focuses on how ACA addresses matters of religion and spirituality in its fellowship texts. The purpose of the group is to review existing ACA literature and recommend alternative ways to discuss ACA’s spiritual dimension that are inclusive of all ACA members.
EXCERPT Connections: Giving and Receiving Support in ACA Recovery – Download the NOV. 2020 Draft Here
A Guide for both those seeking and offering support in working an ACA program of recovery. The Sponsorship Study Team was formed after ABC passage of a 2017 ballot requesting a clarification of the Fellow Traveler and Sponsor terms along with some contradictory information in the Sponsorship Trifold and BRB Chapter 13.
The guide is organized to discuss the features of working together that are common to those seeking and offering support. It addresses a range of ways of working a program with others, supporting the understanding that different relationships work for different people at different times It also contains sections directed specifically to either the person seeking support or to the person offering support. A writing team is preparing an initial draft. It is expected to go to the Literature Evaluation Subcommittee for evaluation in early 2021.