Curriculum Summary

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The following is a summary of the curriculum used in the Aphesis Group process. The materials are distributed in lesson form on a weekly basis to group participants. In addition to reading from the Bible, there are optional reading assignments given for many lessons from four of Dr. David Eckman’s books. The books used for optional reading are Becoming Who God Intended The Struggle for the Heart (formally know as Sex, Food and God) Knowing the Heart of the Father ; and a booklet called Experiencing the Father’s Embrace. The curriculum is used in a 22 week process which includes a group of 10-16 mixed gender participants, 2 facilitators, and meets weekly for 2½-3 hours. Aphesis Group provides training for facilitators along with weekly resources to assist them during each group. Participants come prepared with their weekly lessons, which are discussed the first hour to hour and a half in a mixed gender group of 10-16 people. The group then breaks up into smaller gender specific groups of 5-8 people to sort through their inner life and relationships with each other in a safe group environment.

 INTRODUCTION

  • WEEK 1 – INTRODUCTION TO THE APHESIS GROUP EXPERIENCE

Overview of why there is a need for the Aphesis Group process

 MODULE 1- UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL ORIGINS

  • WEEK 2 – UNDERSTANDING OUR SPIRITUAL ORIGIN

Exploring the Fall of Mankind and the results

  • WEEK 3 – UNDERSTANDING OUR CULTURAL ORIGINS

Exploring Western Culture’s negative impact on our inner life and relationships

 MODULE 2 – UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF FAMILY BACKGROUND

  • WEEK 4 – UNDERSTANDING THE HURTING HOME

What a dysfunctional home is and what the most common effects are on people

  • WEEK 5 – UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF THE HURTING HOME

What the normal internal and external results of growing up with long term stress in the home are
Understanding God’s heart for those who grow up in a stressful family background

  • WEEK 6 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR PARTICULAR FAMILY BACKGROUND

Better understanding and reflecting on our own particular family backgrounds and the effects on us
Examining our family of origin and our current family environment through questionnaires and group discussion

 MODULE 3 – KNOWING YOUR NEW FAMILY & RELATING TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER

  • WEEK 7 – RECOVERING FROM AN UNHEALTHY BACKGROUND

To better understand how God the Father addresses our spiritual, cultural, and family backgrounds
How God begins the process of helping us to recover from our fallen world

  • WEEK 8 – GOD THE FATHER’S LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE

Understanding God the Father’s particular type of love and acceptance for us
God the Father’s desire and efforts to change our internal pictures of ourselves and what a good Father is

  • WEEK 9 – UNDERSTANDING GOD THE SON’S LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE

Understanding God the Son’s love, acceptance, and affection for us and developing a new foundation for living

  • WEEK 10 – UNDERSTANDING OUR NEW FAMILY ENVIRONMENT

Understanding the Family Environment of the Trinity (fully accepted, safe, and secure)

 MODULE 4 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR IDENTITY

  • WEEK 11 – UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF IDENTITY

Understanding the importance of our identity and how it has been developed by a fallen world
How our New Family environment should affect our identity

  • WEEK 12 – UNDERSTANDING OUR NEW IDENTITY

Reshaping our identity and immersing ourselves in the truth of who we really are

 MODULE 5 – UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS

  • WEEK 13 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR EMOTIONS

Understanding our emotions
Understanding the role of emotion and what emotions tell us about what we are believing

  • WEEK 14 – UNDERSTANDING RESULTS OF MISMANAGED MOODS & PAINFUL EMOTIONS

How mismanaged moods effects our inner life and relationships Learning essential skills to manage negative moods and reactive/painful emotions

 MODULE 6 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR PAIN & MANAGING YOUR PAIN

  • WEEK 15 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR PAIN

How gifts that were intended to be blessings became curses after the fall of man
Understanding the addictive cycle

  • WEEK 16 – MANAGING YOUR PAIN

Understanding environments that help foster addictions How the Bible effectively addresses the addiction cycle

 MODULE 7 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

  • WEEK 17 – UNDERSTANDING RELATIONAL PATTERNS

Living in the “Bigger Story” Men and Women and God’s intended design
The Fall of Mankind and the implications on relationships & communication

  • WEEK 18 – UNDERSTANDING HEALTHY COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Understanding what healthy communication looks like from a Biblical perspective
Learning practical conflict resolution and communication skills

 MODULE 8 – DEVELOPING LIFE SKILLS

  • WEEK 19 – DEVELOPING THE LIFE SKILL OF FORGIVENESS
  • WEEK 20 – DEVELOPING THE LIFE SKILL OF TRUST
  • WEEK 21 – DEVELOPING THE LIFE SKILL OF PERSONAL BOUNDARIES
  • WEEK 22 – DEVELOPING THE LIFE SKILL OF LEARNING TO BE LOVED AND LIVING IN COMMUNITY

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Please Note
Please note that a 1½ hour gender specific group discussion follows most mixed gender lesson discussions, the gender specific group is led by a facilitator and uses the weekly Reflection Questions included in the lesson for their focus and discussion. There are “Introducing You to Yourself” reflection questionnaires and/or exercises at the beginning of many lessons or included in the mixed gender lesson review that help get group participants in touch with their default beliefs and behaviors, which is a critical component of the process. There are multiple important diagrams and illustrations provided with most every lesson and referenced throughout the 22 week process to help clarify key Biblical thoughts, concepts, and skills; in addition to the weekly resources provided to assist facilitators during each group.