Personal & Family Development
English Series & Seminars
The themes and emphasis are arranged into five programs with 100, 20-30 minute English Lessons, with Leader's and Participant's Discussion Guides available in question and answer format to support the lessons. Each program is comprised of 20, 2 hour evening study courses.
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Program 1 The Younger Years
1. What's Inside Your Child's Head? In five lessons, Al Friesen begins with an overview of the ENRICH program and then gets right into understanding children's behavior and our own discipline practices.
TOPICS: Do we Need the Creator?, Morality and Spirituality, Parenting Depth and Commitment, Knowing Each Other, Free Will
2. How Emotions Can Trap Us? In the next five lessons Al Friesen proposes creative and effective ways for parents to help blend three important components into a well-functioning family unit. This session demonstrates how parents' overzealous attempts at being “good” to their children by doing many things for the child that the child can and should be doing for themselves - may actually result in negative personal development for the child. This can lead to a weakening in the blending process desired for wholesome family-building.
TOPICS: Where the Action Is, Attention Seeking, Security Produces Harmony, To Be In Control, Romance
3. Building Your Child’s Self Respect These five lessons suggest how parents can learn to under- stand how praise and encouragement differ, how negative attitudes and behavior feed discouragement, and how positive attitudes and behavior contribute to encouragement as we foster a healthy family unit.
TOPICS: To Get Revenge, Dealing With Temper Tantrums, Successful Creative Discipline, To Show Helplessness, Summary
4. Do You Really Hear Your Children? Al Friesen suggests how to build effective listening skills and show real empathy with your children by learning to graciously walk in your child’s shoes while building a healthy family unit.
TOPICS: Avoiding Embarrassment, Parameters, Nurturing Amongst Company, Parent-Child Connectors, Contribution, Harmony, Co-operation, Responsibility, Glasser, Goals of Discipline, Summary
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Program 2 Solving Problems
5. What Is The Problem? Session five proposes creative and effective ways for parents to understand how to identify and acknowledge an issue they are facing with their children, how to examine different potential solutions, learn to determine who the problem really belongs to, and then find effective ways to express feelings to your child, as you continue to build a well-functioning family unit.
6. How to Be Responsible This session suggests how to identify various commonly employed parental methods – authoritarian, permissive, and responsible. He then examines the effects of using reward and punishment or consequences on your child.
7. How to Avoid Being Manipulated This next lesson considers methods for parents to become pro-active instead of reactive and, more importantly, choose the correct action, as they seek to build a healthy family unit.
8. Finding Solutions to Problems Do you struggle with “finding solutions to problems” in your home? Most of us do. Al Friesen suggests how to learn to understand, how to be in charge in a non-threatening way, and learn to work together as you continue to build a well-functioning family unit.
Program 3 Responsibilities
9. Being Responsible This lesson will suggest creative and effective ways for parents to learn to assertively stand on their own when raising their children by clearly identifying their goals, by not being controlled by the opinions of others and by taking advantage of their own strengths, as they build a strong family unit.
10. Using Discipline Using discipline correctly and effectively is one of the biggest challenges parents face. Session 10 examines this essential area of parenting by using discipline as a preventive measure, by anticipating the child, being creative, and creating rules that serve as a backbone for learning, not a brick wall. This is accomplished by setting up firm, fair, friendly fences, which then gives freedom to both the parent and the child.
11. Children's Needs This session teaches parents what the very basic needs are for young people and adults alike. In general, these needs relate to their age but more specifically, that when children “set the fences” in the home, everyone becomes more insecure, and when the parents set those boundaries everyone becomes more secure.
12. Dealing with Brokenness in Our Relationships This session gives a final word to parents on dealing with problems in a step by step way. Al Friesen presents the “Ten Practical Commandments” to live by, and how to repair broken relationships in the home, as they seek to build a well-functioning family unit.
Program 4 Growth and the Teen Years
13. Five Area's of Growth Session thirteen features seven lessons which suggest creative and effective ways for children, teens, parents and other adults to learn how to grow and build relationships in the five basic areas of a person's life. As children grow up, they need to learn from our example and teaching. Unless all five areas are developed and employed, our relationship building and growth is very fragmented.
14. Happier Living and Growing Kids for Jesus The first three lesson's will suggest creative and effective ways for children, teens, parents, and other adults to learn how to find true happiness, and stop looking for it in the wrong places. The forth lesson will give us God's recipe for growing children. Namely, the basic things they need to become what God has intended for them to become.
15. Christian Dating These seven lessons creatively and effectively teach teens, parents, and other significant adults the what, where, when, why, and how and how long of Christian dating. Very basic, practical, and safe ideas for dating, for young people and adults alike, will be explored.
16. What Turns Teens Away From and Toward Jesus While Growing Up in a Christian Home? In these two lessons Al provides a clear word to parents (and other significant adults) what kinds of things parents do that turn teenagers away from or towards Jesus. Parents will have a clearer picture as to what things to avoid, and what practical things we need to embrace, as we seek to build a well-functioning family unit.
Program 5 Managing Anger
17. Anger Management In seven lessons Al Friesen will seek to explain and effectively teach teens, parents, and other adults what the Bible tells us about anger, how to learn to manage our anger, how to connect with God’s strength for this, and how God will deal with those who use anger and rage throughout their lives.
18. Temper Tantrums This set of six lessons will broach these very important questions: How do we deal with out-of-control temper tantrums among adults, teenagers, and children — in our homes? In our schools? In our churches? In our neighbour- hoods? On our streets? And in our work places?
19. Fighting Fairly In these two lessons Al Friesen seeks to explain and practically teach teens, parents, and other significant adults what the Bible tells us about fighting fairly in our homes, schools, churches, neighbourhoods, work places and on our streets. He will show us how not to do it and how to do it the Ephesians 4:26 way.
20. Growing a Stronger Family This set of five lessons will broach these very important concepts, as flagged by the following questions: What seven pillars do mom and dad consistently live out in their lives, as models, for their children and their children’s friends, to learn to live by in their lives?