CAL – Updated Al-Anon Service Guidelines for 2021 (Various Item #’s)

On October 6th, 2021, I got an interesting update from Al-Anon’s World Service Office’s (the WSO) newsletter “In The Loop” that mentioned:  “We are excited to announce that we are in the process of updating the Al-Anon/Alateen Guidelines!  In addition to getting a fresh, new look, the guidelines will also reflect updated information.  A milestone…

CAL – Al-Anon & Alateen Groups at Work 2014-2017 (Item # P-24)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Recently on this blog, I did an in-depth review of the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017” (item # P-24/27).  If you read that review, then this entry will seem pretty similar for “Al-Anon & Alateen Groups at Work 2014-2017” (item # P-24).  …I used to think this item was a digest (or…

CAL – Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017 (Item # P-24/27)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Originally, I only read the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual” on an as-needed basis, but when my next podcast guest said that this was her favorite book that she wanted to talk about on my “CAL Chat” show, I had to dust off my manual & put on my scuba reading mask to…

CAL – Alateen Safety Guidelines (Item # G-34)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. According to this Alateen guideline, any reporting of child abuse is done on a personal basis, not as an Alateen Sponsor or an AMIAS (an Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service).  This is done with Tradition 10 in mind to keep the fellowship out of public controversy! 2. Even though I’m not a certified…

CAL – Area Alateen Coordinators (Item # G-24)

WHAT I LEARNED: The Alateen Coordinator works with World Service Office, the Area Alateen Process Person (AAPP – not to be confused with AARP, ha ha 😄), & basically any other person in the Area that is involved with Alateen.  Ensuring safety for the teens is a top priority, as well as providing proper training,…

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Detachment (Item # P-73)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This booklet came out in 1995 is the 6th (& last) one in the “Alateen Talks Back On…” series.  Originally planned as a 9-part series, the 6th piece was supposed to be about the 12 Steps & Traditions but the material eventually ended up in the larger book, “Courage to Be Me” (item…

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Higher Power (Item # P-72)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. It’s a shame this item was discontinued in 2000 because it’s my favorite of all the booklets in the “Alateen Talks Back On…” series.  Many of the sharings liken a Higher Power to a friend that’s always there.  Where there was once isolation, loneliness, & fear, there’s now constant comfort, confidence, & peace….

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Sponsoring an Alateen Group (Item # P-71)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Since it’s part of the “Alateen Talks Back On…” series, I thought this booklet was going to be Alateens talking about their group sponsors, but nope!  …Other than a few drawings from kids here & there, it’s basically a piece by & for grown-up Al-Anon members sharing about Alateen service.  I’m…

CAL – Starting an Alateen Group (Item # G-19)

WHAT I LEARNED: There are only 2 types of Alateen meetings: Closed & Limited Access.  Even I, as Literature Chairperson at the District Level, cannot attend an Alateen meeting.  Only Al‑Anon members involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS’s) & designated Area trusted servants can go & even then, it’s only on an occasional basis.  The only non-certified attendees allowed are the kids…

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Slogans (Item # P-70)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Slogans are reminders of choices. 2. I have 2 favorite lines from this booklet (that I almost forget was written by Alateen members because it was so wise!): From page 26: “I am happy today because: I have today to be happy in.” From page 23: “As I search with courage…

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Serenity (Item # P-69)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Ahhh, put on some soothing music & light a candle because today I read about Serenity (and yes, that’s with a capital “S”)!  At the end of this booklet are ten questions for meeting topics on Serenity & the last one, “Is Serenity contagious?” really made me think.  I know I’ve…

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Acceptance (Item # P-68)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. If you want to see any poetry in Al-Anon, Alateen is the only place you’ll find it published.  Specifically, in a series of booklets called “Alateen Talks Back On…” that are compilations of prose, poetry, drawings, & sharings previously submitted to the Alateen Talk (no item #) newsletter. 2. Acceptance is many things,…

CAL – Al-Anon/Alateen Participation in an AA Area Convention (Item # G-7)

WHAT I LEARNED: Because Al-Anon is self-supporting, contributions from AA are considered “outside” & are therefore declined (see Tradition 7).  In the case of AA Conventions where there is Al-Anon participation, AA is entitled to keep all monies from Al-Anon registrations, meals, & workshops.  However, there is a little note in this guideline that Al-Anon…