AWC Program

“Become Your Own Loving Parent”, our theme, will be explored in a diverse program of world speakers and healing workshops.  Our recovery will be strengthened with presentations focused on the ACA Steps and The Laundry List.  Safe play and expression will allow our Inner Child(ren) to emerge and connect with our own Inner Loving Parent.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join your global ACA fellowship!  Register now, while space is available.  (We are expecting a large turnout.)

The general convention schedule is listed below: We have ACA Meetings scheduled continuously throughout the convention.  We have also included an “Open Topic Sharing” space where ACA members can gather together to share best practices in facilitating Step or Trait Studies, starting new groups ,or another topic of interest. This space will be self- directed.

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Friday April 27th, 2018

ACA Meditation: 7:15 am – 8:15 am ACA Meetings: 11 am – 10:30 pm

Welcoming Remarks, Indigenous Land Acknowledgment & Blessing: 7 pm – 8 pm Keynote Speakers: Gail S: “The Trust Within” 8 pm – 8:30 pm Kinch: “Becoming My Own Loving Parent through Forgiveness, Acceptance & Gratitude”: 8:30 pm – 9 pm Original ACA Music: 9 pm – 10 pm

ACA Fun Activity with Music & More…: 10 pm – 11 pm

Saturday April 28, 2018

ACA Meditation: 7:15 am – 8:15 am ACA Meetings: 8 am – 9 pm Opening Ceremonies & Indigenous Land Acknowledgment & Blessing: 9 am – 10 am Workshops: 10:30 am – noon Open Topic Sharing: 10:30 am – noon Lunch: noon – 1 pm Workshops: 1:30 pm – 3 pm Open Topic Sharing: 1:30 pm – 3 pm

Workshops: 3:30 pm – 5 pm Open Topic Sharing: 3:30 pm – 5 pm ACA Fun Activity: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Banquet Dinner: 7 pm – 9 pm

Keynote Speaker: David McB: “Inviting Your Critical Parent To Dinner” at 8 pm

Dance & Music: 9 pm – 11 pm

Share Stage Show: 9 pm – 11 pm

Sunday April 29, 2018

ACA Meditation: 8 am – 9 am ACA Meetings: 8 am – 4:30 pm Workshops: 9:30 am – 11 am Open Topic Sharing: 9:30 am – 11 am Speaker & Lunch Celebrating ACA 40th Anniversary: 11:15-1:15 pm

Workshops: 1:30-3 pm Open Topic Sharing: 1:30-3 pm Closing Ceremonies, Indigenous Land Acknowledgment & Blessing, and Musical Farewells: 3:30-4:30 pm

* Please email us at with the name(s) of your favourite songs and if possible include the MP3 or MP4 file.  Additionally, let us know if you are interested in being a Trusted Servant for an ACA Meeting during the Convention or volunteering for any of the many other service opportunities.

The highlights of the 2018 AWC keynote speakers are described below…

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Friday 7 pm – 9 pm

“The Trust Within” Gail S (Canada)

This keynote is all about having the courage to TRUST yourself in any situation. In a dysfunctional family, we learn to live by the three basic rules: Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Feel. In this presentation, you will learn how damaging these three rules can be, and how to recognize and rebuild Self-Trust and Self-Love.  This speaker will include opportunities for question and answer.

“Becoming My Own Loving Parent Through Forgiveness, Acceptance & Gratitude” Kinch M (Canada)

A personal, firsthand account of a long-term ACA Fellow Traveler’s life story before finding recovery and what has happened since. The speaker hopes to build identification with other ACA members by recounting their intimate journey through family dysfunctional history, to addiction and codependency as an adult, and living life in recovery with the 12 Steps, sponsorship, and ACA meeting attendance.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Saturday 7 pm – 8:30 pm

“Invite Your Critical Parent To Dinner” David McB (USA)

Integrating our Traits is the key to recovery. Bringing our Critical Parent to the table asking and receiving for the positive reinforcement we rarely experienced. The power of The Laundry List, its opposite and flip sides combined with our Steps, is demonstrated in a personal account of their journey of recovery. Their personal tools of embracing our grief and extending forgiveness will be shared.

There are a multitude of workshops offering insight, healing, and empowerment.  Highlights include….


Saturday 10:30 am – noon

Emotional Sobriety Bill D (USA)

A look at how we developed our Laundry List traits and emotions followed by examples of how those traits and emotions led us into unsatisfying relationships with others and ourselves.

Followed by examples of how the ACA program’s suggested tools can help us calm those emotions and integrate the survival traits that we used throughout our lives to cope with the abuse, neglect, and abandonment we suffered as children. Download the presentations slides here.

Loving Parent/Inner Child Non- Dominant Handwriting David S (USA)

Embrace the opportunity to improve the dialog between your Inner Loving Parent and your Inner Child.  Participants will be led through a guided meditation followed by group participation in a non-dominant handwriting exercise and a sharing of experiences and insights.

Participant Session Handout      Leader Guide Handout

Knowing That You’re Well … Demystifying Behaviours John D (USA)

One of the most powerful offerings at the 2017 ACA World Convention and back by popular demand!  Learn ways to let go of old debilitating behaviours to become more self-loving and compassionate toward your Inner Child.  Highly engaging, not to miss!

Handouts      Presentation Slides

Sponsorship & Inner Healing Charlie H & Majbrit M (USA & Denmark)

A discussion of the key elements of effective sponsorship. Becoming Your Own Loving Parent requires both loving compassion and the courage to teach and correct a wounded Inner Child who is off course. One of the most profound ways to experience this mix is through a form of compassionate, honest sponsorship that is tailored to the needs of Adult Children.

Saturday 1:30 pm – 3 pm

Cross Talk & Meeting Safety Mary Jo L (USA)

An interactive presentation and discussion about ACA’s “No Cross Talk” Guideline, that is meant to help keep meetings safe. We are in charge of ensuring that our meetings are safe places for us to help uncover our personal trauma and nurture our Inner Children.  When cross talk is allowed, it may be about groups that are not clear about boundaries and their importance to our personal growth. This workshop is an opportunity for us to discuss a topic that can be confusing for many, including when a group can go too far in enforcing it; thus inadvertently causing the safety concerns they are hoping to avoid. Other types of safety issues will be covered as time permits.

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Intimacy & Relationships Cheryl M & Jason M (Canada)

A first- hand discussion on how the ACA program has helped a couple become more intimate with each other. Intimacy is more than sex. By becoming our own Loving Parent, we are able to get in touch with our true selves and communicate more honestly and effectively.

Light Of Stone:  The Reading Of An ACA Original Play Agata M & Adelina F (Canada)

Experience the life changing journey of an ACA Fellow Traveler, brought to life through music and images.  This artistic representation courageously brings to life the story of one ACA’s experience of family dysfunction and eventual spiritual awakening.  A must see!

12 Steps In 12 Minutes Ed C (USA)

Experience the Twelve Steps broken down into their simplest form.   Participants will be guided through the Twelve Steps in a short time frame to help them recognize just how much power they really do have.

Saturday 3:30 pm – 5 pm

Discovering Our Inner Child’s Happiness Jeffrey J (USA)

Take your Inner Child on a musically-guided, experiential journey to happiness and unconditional love. This workshop will help you to strengthen the connection between your Loving Parent and your Inner Child, through compassion and creative imagery.

Chapter 8: The Next Step Esau G (USA)

An active workshop using the tools and activities from Chapter 8 of the Big Red Book. The exercises include mirror work (everyone will be given a mirror), a Twelve Step template, affirmations and guided meditation from Step Eleven.

From Lost To Found: The Power of Self-Love –  Protecting Oneself From The Dangers Of Being In A Relationship With A Narcissist Heather S & Paul H (Canada)

Learn how to identify the personality traits of a narcissist and why a relationship with someone with this personality can be toxic for ACA’s.  Anyone who has experienced the self-doubt, confusion and devastation that can result from being in a relationship with a narcissist will no doubt find this workshop to be a refreshing source of healing and light.

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Couples In ACA Pat H & John H/Tania C & Paul G (Canada)

What do Fellow Travelers look like in a relationship?  Come listen to the experience, strength and hope of two couples in ACA, and learn about how they support the Inner Loving Parents of each other.  This workshop will include opportunities for question and answer.

Sunday 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Emotional Sobriety: Falling In Love With Your Beautiful, Loving, Playful Inner Self Ron C (USA)

We learn to be loving and kind with ourselves in ACA. We learn how to go inside, discover our True Beautiful Inner Self and fall in love. This is what the Emotional Sobriety of ACA gives us. This workshop is an experiential look into some of what holds us back from having a more loving relationship with ourselves.

Family Dynamics: Navigating The Family Map Gail (Canada)

Family systems, relationship dynamics, and dysfunctional habits impact and influence our lives and those we love. This workshop is about family roles and patterns, communication styles, and generational patterning.  Explore proven strategies to shift unhealthy attitudes and behaviours and create positive outcomes with lasting change for all family members.

The Intimacy Gram: How To Make A Diagram Of Your Current Life Ken F (USA)

Have you ever felt like a child lost in a large park or crowded store, wishing for a safe adult to find and guide you to safety?  Like a GPS dot on a map, this workshop offers strategies on allowing your Loving Parent to guide you toward a more balanced way of living through “the intimacy gram”.  You will learn a way of diagramming your life that can provide empowerment insight and security.

A Different Way To View The 14 Traits Of The ACA Laundry List David H (USA)

The Laundry Lists Workbook has been a key part of the ACA journey to recovery.  However, many Fellow Travelers agree that there is a lot of material after the square boxes. To help digest the material, this presentation will offer a demonstration and example of a simple flow chart to better understand each of the Traits.

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Sunday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Healing With Music Kathleen C (Canada)

Connect with your Inner Child in song. Experience the recovery journey of an ACA Fellow Traveler through the sharing of her beautiful original songs.

Recognizing Our Critical Inner Parent Laura M (Canada)

Become more skilled at identifying the critical inner voice/parent that we Adult Children may house within our self-talk and thoughts.  Participants will be invited to take a loving look at their own critical inner voice and to use differentiation activities and strategies to become “detectives” who are more skilled at spotting dysfunctional voice.

The Solution Is To Become My Own Loving Parent Robert N (USA)

Explore the passion and inspiration in the powerful words at the beginning of Chapter 8: “By reparenting ourselves with gentleness, humor, love and respect, we find our child within and true connection to a Higher Power.”  This interactive workshop will include activities and exercises to reveal the power of The Solution.  Not to miss!

Being A Loving Parent To Your Wounded Inner Child Sally S (Canada)

This interactive sharing and discussion workshop will demonstrate the importance of how to be a Loving Parent to the wounded Inner Child through drawing. Art therapy can be a useful tool for uniting and healing the Loving Parent with the wounded Inner Child in order to find true harmony and joy in our recovery.

From Lost To Found: Moving From Victim To Victory – More In Depth Aspects of Narcissists & ACA Relationships  Heather S & Paul H (Canada)

This open forum will involve a conversation with the ACA audience, where comments, concerns, questions and victories will be discussed.  The ACA group wisdom dealing with Narcissists in life will be brought forward.  There will be a choice to participate anonymously and go into more depth.  More tips for self-care will also be provided. (Attendance at “From Lost to Found: The Power Of Self-Love” is not a prerequisite.)

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