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The 2024 WFS Conference will be an in-person event at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.
More details to come!!
Interested in Presenting?
Stay tuned for information about how you can become a conference presenter in 2024.
Call for Presentations is released each year around October and application period closes on February 1.
What Gets Good Reviews from 4C Women:
- WFS-oriented – Clearly and easily linked to recovery, one or more of the Acceptance Statements, a Level of Recovery, etc.
- Engaging – presenter is able to keep group engaged, read the room, adapt content/presentation style if necessary, includes relevant self-disclosure
- Interactivity – ice-breakers, energizers, large- or small-group activities or discussions, written or tactile/creative exercises, etc.
- Fun activities and appropriate use of humor
- Connection/Discussion – presenter connects with participants, participants have a chance to connect to each other, participants have a chance to contribute knowledge
- Handouts – to reduce need for note-taking, to give something to refer back to later
- Homework – concrete or specific skills and tasks that participants can practice at home
- Knowledge and Preparation – presenter conveys high level of knowledge about the topic, acknowledges limitations of personal knowledge when appropriate, is well-organized and prepared
- Transferable – easy to share the information with peers that aren’t able to attend (especially desirable for our WFS meeting facilitators)
Common Critiques (What to Avoid):
- Triggers – follow WFS meeting guidelines of avoiding specific names/brands of alcohol, graphic details of alcohol and other drug use, or extensive use histories
- Negativity or confrontational techniques
- Not enough content – too much time spent on sharing and not enough on helpful content, lack of specific strategies/skills/educational content to apply to personal recovery
- Too much content – facilitator spending too much time on educational content to detriment of participation/engagement by attendees, putting too many things on the agenda so things feel rushed or like something important got left out
- Religious content – unless openly stated in title and description, avoid religious content (general spiritual content okay); do not assume that participants share similar belief systems; many women choose WFS specifically due to personal histories of religious trauma or non-theistic beliefs so please be particularly careful about this
- Facilitator answering her own questions– allow pauses for thought, time for participants to reflect and collect their thoughts
- Lack of interactivity/physical activity, especially after meals
- No clear connection to recovery, New Life Program, etc.
- Reading off handouts/slides
Ideas for Presentations:
- Workshops which focus on a particular Acceptance Statement or Level of Recovery, etc.
- Relapse Prevention – we always try to have at least one of these
- Early Sobriety – especially the first year; we always try to have at least one of these
- Long-term sobriety – issues in later sobriety, maintaining enthusiasm/motivation
- Affirming/Defining Self, Self-Imaging, Self-Acceptance, etc.
- Health And Wellness topics – nutrition, exercise, information about alternative healing techniques, etc.
- Physical effects of alcohol/drugs/addiction; physical recovery; PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal); smoking cessation
- Arts therapy or simple art/craft projects – exploring new sober hobbies, or projects that can be linked to the Statements/Levels/Program, writing/journaling
- Meditation – especially for very beginners or those with very active minds, morning meditation, quick/minute meditations to use throughout the day
- History of WFS, information about Jean Kirkpatrick
- How to spread the word about WFS
- Exercise/Movement – Zumba, hula-hooping, dancing, self-defense, etc.
- Natural Highs, “How to Party Sober,” finding joy in recovery
- Communication – Non-Violent Communication, conflict resolution, assertiveness
- Boundaries – managing interpersonal relationships, staying sober with a drinking partner or family member
- Emotion-specific topics – grief/loss, gratitude, overcoming guilt, depression, forgiveness
- Group skills – for facilitators and/or participants
- Spirituality – exploring/identifying personal spiritual/emotional development (Statement 8)
- Self-care/Taking time for self/Priorities
- Panel presentations – spirituality, different lengths of sobriety, etc.
- Outdoor sessions or activities
- Sex in Recovery