Boundaries (Leader's Guide)
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- Do you have trouble saying no? - Can you set limits and still be a loving person? - Is your life out of control? - What are legitimate boundaries? - Do people take advantage of you? - How do you answer someone who wants your time, love, energy, and money? Healthy relationships and sound living depend on maintaining smart personal boundaries. But many people don't know where to start. Here's where -- with the Boundaries Zondervan Group Resource. Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, these nine interactive sessions can make a life-changing difference. Drawing on principles from the Bible, Boundaries guides small groups on a journey of discovery and practical application. As a small group leader, you play an integral part in helping your group members learn how to live their lives more fully and display Christ's love more freely. This guidebook will greatly simplify your job. Information is organized clearly and logically to minimize your preparation time
Meet the Authors
Dr. Cloud is a clinical psychologist with a unique ability to connect with his audiences. Drawing upon his broad range of experiences in private practice, leadership consulting, and media, he simplifies life's issues and gives easy-to-understand, practical advice. It is Dr. Cloud's humour, compassion, and 'in the moment' confrontation that make his approach to psychology and spirituality such a success.
He has written or co-written 19 books, including the best-selling Boundaries. His most recent books are Integrity, Necessary Endings and The Law of Happiness. He has earned three Gold Medallion awards and was awarded the distinguished Retailers Choice award for God Will Make A Way.
Dr. Cloud has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts and has been featured in many publications. Millions of listeners have benefited from his wit and wisdom for over a decade.
As president of Cloud-Townsend Resources, he has produced and conducted hundreds of public seminars around the country. He speaks on relationships - marriage, parenting, dating, personal growth, and spirituality. His seminars are often broadcast live to over two thousand venues at a time.
In his consulting practice, he works with leaders of organisations and corporations, from family-held firms to Fortune 25 companies and non-profit organisations. With his extensive executive coaching background and experience as an organisational and leadership consultant, he speaks regularly at corporate and leadership events held across the United States and internationally.
Dr. Cloud co-founded a health-care company that operated treatment centres in 35 cities in the Western United States; he served as Clinical Co-Director for ten years. In that context of hands-on clinical experience, he researched and developed many of the treatment methods and principles he communicates to audiences today. Since then, he has devoted his time to spreading principles of hope and life change through speaking, writing, and the media. His books have sold over four million copies.
He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, having earned a BS in psychology with honours. He completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Biola University and his clinical internship at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. His philanthropic interests lie in the area of homelessness and the inner city, as well as Third World missions and development. He serves on the board of the Los Angeles Mission, a rescue mission on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.
Dr. Cloud is an avid golfer and enjoys boating, deep sea fishing and scuba diving. He lives in Los Angeles.
Dr. John Townsend (Psy.D., Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology) is a psychologist, popular speaker, radio host and the bestselling author and co-author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion award-winning Boundaries and God Will Make a Way. He is co-founder of the Cloud-Townsend Clinic in Southern California.
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Excerpt from: Boundaries (Leader's Guide)
Laying the Foundation Each Boundaries Kit Contains * Boundaries --- In this longtime best-seller, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based guidelines for setting healthy boundaries with our parents, spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even ourselves. * Boundaries Video --- This nine-part video features the wisdom and insight of Drs. Cloud and Townsend, popular speakers and experts in the integration of Scripture and psychology. Interspersed are helpful real-life vignettes of people struggling to establish and live by godly boundaries. * Boundaries Leader's Guide --- This comprehensive, user-friendly guide provides all the information you need to lead your group through the nine sessions of this course. * Boundaries Participant's Guide --- This guide provides valuable notes and practical exercises (small group discussion starters, independent Bible studies, 'Boundary Building' questions, etc.) that will help individuals apply to their own life the principles they learn. Additional kits and copies of the Participant's Guide are available from: Zondervan Publishing House 5300 Patterson Avenue SE Grand Rapids, MI 49530 Phone 1 -- 800 -- 727 -- 3480 How This Leader's Guide Is Organized The Boundaries course is divided into nine sessions ranging in length from 45 -- 50 minutes. This guide walks you through each session to help you prepare. You will also rely on this guide during the sessions, when you'll find the pages reprinted from the Participant's Guide very helpful. For each session, the leader will need: Leader's Guide Bible Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend Video player, monitor, stand, extension cord, etc. Videotape For each session, the participants will need: Participant's Guide Bible Pen or pencil You may want to encourage your participants to purchase a copy (or have copies available for them to purchase) of Boundaries and the Boundaries Workbook, both by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Each session includes the following parts: Before You Lead Key Points is a list of the session's main ideas. The Synopsis is a more detailed overview of the session's main points. Recommended Reading encourages you to read the corresponding chapter(s) of Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend's book Boundaries in preparation for each session. Introduction The Introduction includes calling the class together, welcoming them, opening in prayer, and a short overview of the session's main points to guide the participant. Discovery The bulk of the session material is found on the left-hand page of the Leader's Guide. You may want to read the material word for word, or you might prefer to highlight the key words and phrases. Get to know the participants and let them get to know you a little. Make your teaching personal. On each facing right-hand page is a copy of the corresponding Participant's Guide page(s). There is also space on these right-hand pages for you to write in any additional planning notes. Having the corresponding Participant's Guide page in front of you allows you to view the page the participants are seeing as you talk without having to hold two books at the same time. It also lets you know where the participants are in their book when someone asks a question. The Discovery section also includes the following key typographical elements: 1. The instructor narrative is shown in standard typeface. 2. Directions to the instructor are shown in a contrasting typeface and enclosed in a shaded box. These directions are not meant to be spoken by the instructor. Participant's Guide page 13. 3. Occasionally you'll find statements which you should read verbatim. These statements (set off with a special bullet u) correlate to statements also included in the Participant's Guide. Words shown in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS are words the participants need to fill in the blanks found on the corresponding pages in their Participant's Guide. u Boundaries help us distinguish our property so that we can TAKE CARE OF IT --- and we are responsible for taking care of it. Each of the sessions has at least one corresponding Video Segment. The video portion of the session will provide a springboard for class discussion and activities. Exercises in the session will be done either alone ('On Your Own'), in small groups ('Let's Talk'), or with the group as a whole. Directions are included for each exercise. (These directions are also included in the Participant's Guide.) Accompanying various exercises are 'Boundary Building' questions for the participants to go back to after the session, for further examination and reflection. Summary Each session closes with a brief review and a prayer. A Note About Timing Depending on your particular setting, you can lengthen or shorten each session to accommodate your specific needs. Be aware that discussion times may run longer or shorter than what you plan. Try to have an alternate plan for each session: know where you can cut time or add an additional discussion question or two. Five Tips for Leading Group Discussion 1. Allow group members to participate at their own comfort level. Not everyone needs to answer every question. 2. Ask questions with interest and warmth and then listen carefully to individual responses. Remember: No answer is insignificant. Encourage and affirm each person's participation. 3. Be flexible: Reword questions if necessary. Take the liberty of adding or deleting questions to accommodate the needs of your group members. 4. Allow for (and expect) differences of opinion and experience. 5. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF SILENCE! Allow people time to think --- don't panic! Sometimes ten seconds of silence seems like an eternity. Some of this material is difficult to process. Allow people time to digest the question and then respond.
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