Partners in the Journey

October 23-24, 2015
Support Group Leaders Training Weekend
14 CEUs for Licensed Counselors & Social Workers

This training is for students, lay people, and professionals.

As a lay person or professional, are you interested in starting a support group for women who experience domestic violence and abusive relationships?

FOCUS Ministries offers a certificate program for support group leaders in our Partners in the Journey Seminars. The training includes an extensive training manual that covers all the aspects of starting a support group, the dynamics of support groups, domestic violence training, how to help a victim, and information on how to provide spiritual direction for victims of abuse.

Our training goes beyond the seminars. Our FOCUS support group leaders become part of a Christian community of leaders worldwide and a member of an established organization that has proven itself since 1995.

FOCUS Ministries is dedicated to serving our leaders by:

  • Offering confidential one-on-one leader consultation regarding areas of concern and problematic issues.
  • Providing encouragement, support, and spiritual direction.
  • Providing prayer support.
  • Providing advertisement of support groups on our website.

Seminar Description

  • Starting a faith based DV support group: structure, format, advertising
  • Dynamics of support groups: team approach
  • Curriculum and resources
  • Identifying and handling issues within the support group
  • Providing guidance and spiritual direction for DV victims
  • Understanding faith issues in DV situations
  • Understanding the impact of the victim’s concept of God in their healing process
  • What is Domestic Violence: Types of Abuse, Cycle of Abuse
  • Profile of an Abuser and Signs of Abuse
  • Inside the mind of an Abuser
  • Profile of a Victim/Why Does She Stay
  • Effects on Children
  • Teen Dating Abuse
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Counseling
  • Signs He’s Changed
  • Helper versus Rescuers

Seminar Details

  • Location:
    FOCUS Ministries will hold its training at the

    FOCUS Office
    57 E. Park Blvd.
    Villa Park, IL 60181

  • Date:
    Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, 2015
    Registration Deadline: October 16, 2015
  • Schedule:
    9:00 am—4:30 pm each day
    Doors open by 8:30 am
  • Cost:
    Training: $160.00

    Support Group Leader’s Guide: $40.00 *The Support Group Leader’s Guide is not the same as the Training Manual and may be purchased at the seminar or at the time of registration.

    14 CEUs: $35.00 for Licensed Counselors and Social Workers

    • Training $160.00 fee includes the training manual, snacks and lunch for both days.
    • Licensed Counselors and Social Workers registration fee is $160 plus $35 for 14 CEUs
  • Lodging:
    Below is a list of hotels in the area if lodging is needed. Attendees are to make their own reservations.

    Comfort Inn Suites
    17 W 445 Roosevelt Road
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

    Courtyard Marriott
    370 Route 83
    Elmhurst, IL 60126

    SpringHill Suites
    410 W. Lake Street
    Elmhurst, IL 60126

  • Resources will be available for purchase at the seminar.
  • For a printable copy of the brochure for more information and to print out copies to give to others, please Download BrochurePDF document
Online Registration
Registration Deadline:
October 16, 2015

Support Group Leaders

Online Registration

Licensed Counselors and Social Workers

Online Registration

Mail-in Registration

To register by postal mail, please download the registration form: Mail in registration PDF document

Please print the registration form, fill it out and send it with a check or money order to:

FOCUS Ministries, Inc.
57 E. Park Blvd.
Villa Park, IL 60181