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CAL – Item # S-37ES – Fact Sheet for Professionals

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S-37Last week I finished the Men’s Newcomer Packet (item # K-23) since all the other items in the packet are ones I’ve already commented on.  Time to move onto the next packet…

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the first pamphlet in the Professional Packet (K-30) & the AFG program is not described as a therapy group, but rather as a Community Resource.  In fact, so far the only literature I’ve seen that mentions Al-Anon as therapy is in The Al-Anon Family Groups (Classic Edition) (B-5) – see page 151.  Nowadays, I see the term “mutual support” &, of course, AFG can never be considered a self-help program because it’s a we program!

2. There’s a figure quoted in this pamphlet from a 2006 AFG survey that about a third of members are referred by professionals.  That’s more than I thought.

**BONUS: I’ve done a little bit more research on members referred by professionals & according to the latest survey from 2012, this number is now up to almost 50%!  There are nine categories of different types of professionals that are doing the referring.  Click here to see the survey results yourself: AFG Members’ Website


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