Professionals Applying the Big Book: Individual


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The therapeutic use of the 12 Steps as presented in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  This is a 40 HOUR seminar consisting of online content developed and taught by Dr. Guttorm Toverud. Professionals Applying The Big Book is included in the Food Addiction Professional Certification Primary Course, and is also available as a stand-alone course for individuals, with group discounts for multiple attendees from the same organization.

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This workshop thoroughly presents the 12-Step program as a problem-solving formula for treating the myriad of substance and behavioral addictions. The 12-Step program will be presented as outlined in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, starting with the preface written in 1939 through the final instructions. This book, also known as The Big Book, is one of the hundred most-published non-fiction books in the world and has now surpassed 50 million copies.

The workshop centers on the “context steps,” the “action steps,” and the “Fourth Dimension of Life,” demonstrating how  professional counselors can increase their understanding of the 12-Step program and the use of 12-Step fellowships as a  resource.

Dr. Guttorm Toverud presents this workshop. He has conducted these workshops for 30 years in both Norway and Sweden. More than 10,000 people have now participated. He is a specialist in using the 12-Step model for treating substance and behavioral addictions, allowing addicted individuals to learn how to live life on life’s terms.

Guttorm Toverud has a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education with a specialty in addictions and a Master’s degree in Agency Counselingh an emphasis in addictions, both from the USA. Although residing in America, he works in Scandinavia, helping clinics and public service providers establish and run 12-Step-based treatment. He also provides clinical and programmatic supervision. With a psychiatrist, he developed a model for early intervention entitled “Arriving too late… as early as possible.

Expect an exciting and meaningful workshop that will enrich you professionally and personally.

6 reviews for Professionals Applying the Big Book: Individual

  1. infact

    I had never really understood the teachings of the Big Book until now, thanks to Guttorm Toverud’s strategic way of explaining the content. The way in which he layed everything out, with such passion and simplicity, depicting a clear picture thru which a person can gain recovery was amazing. I would say that with Guttorm’s teaching, you will reconsider the 12 steps in a completely new way. Julia Soprani

  2. infact

    I became aware of statements and words on a deeper level than I had experienced over the last 36 years of study. I’ve had some great teachers over the years; however, this was even deeper and more insightful. Don’t let preconceived notions or previous learning experiences with the BB deter you from experiencing a whole new approach. It will blow your mind. Mary Foushi

  3. infact

    Be prepared to be wowed! I found the way Guttorm explained it was revolutionary. I had many epiphanies for myself and how I can use this with clients. It’s an amazing course to take; the way it all pulls together comes into play in the later stages when you have fully digested the information. Dr. Torverud is deeply knowledgeable, and each lesson was a show stopper. I was at the edge of my seat a lot of the time, waiting for the next wow moment, explained in glorious technicolor, which was at the epicenter of it all. Anonymous

  4. Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir

    The course has given me the tools and understanding to support my clients and patients in their recovery journey with a more profound knowledge of the 12 steps and their backgrounds. You need to understand the Big Book if you want to help your patients with any addiction treatment. You will need more than the 12 steps to give you the more profound understanding the course provides. – Eva Clemente MD

  5. Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir

    This course explains a complicated model clearly and concisely. Guttorm does make the Big Book Come Alive. My understanding of the Big Book changed considerably…. that it could be used as a treatment model on its own. This course revolutionized the way I see the usefulness of 12-Step Counselling. – Calen B. Certified Food Addiction Professional

  6. Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir

    This course was so in-depth that I have a better grasp of how the program works. I can see how I can apply the 12-step program to any addiction and anticipate that it will help me better serve my clients professionally. This course takes you way beyond what you think you know. – Kate Hensley, Certified Food Addiction Professional

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