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Course Title: Recovery from Abuse
Author/Instructor: Stephanie Romero
Curriculum: 8 units, plus Syllabus and Final Exam
Time Required: 4 weeks
Textbooks: A Child Called It is required reading for the class and can be purchased from the Campus bookstore. Inexpensive used copies are available.
Prerequisites: None. All students may enroll in this class
CEU Eligibility: Students who pass an exam will earn 2 CEUs
Course Fee: $15.00
Start Date: No waiting...Enroll now and start learning today!
What This Course Will Do for You

This course focuses on the steps that can lead to recovery from the various forms of abuse, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and neglect. The course is not intended to provide a one-size-fits-all model with guaranteed results. It is meant to be a guide that will help further the process of healing and recovery. There are significant things a person can do, changes in their thinking, and new perspectives that can be gained which will aid in this recovery process.

The objective of the course is to reach a wide audience that includes victims of abuse who are seeking to recover; friends, family members and neighbors who find themselves in situations of trying to understand and help abuse victims; and professionals who currently work with abuse victims or may work with them in the future.

As the course unfolds, each lesson will build upon the preceding material and students will learn how to:

    • Understand the different types of abuse
    • Learn some of the different effects that abuse can have on a person
    • Consider what type(s) of abuse have been suffered
    • Understand how abuse has affected a person’s world
    • Discover how abuse connects to today’s problems
    • Understand the reasons some are afraid or reluctant to take the journey
    • Consider how different their future world could be
    • Realize why the journey is worth it
    • Learn the difference between forgiving and forgetting
    • Understand why forgiveness must be part of the journey
    • Understand how forgiveness doesn’t set the abuser free but sets you free
    • Discover if a victim has a need to forgive oneself
    • Understand how unforgiveness toward self affects the victim
    • Realize how everyone is imperfect
    • Recognize who or what has control of their lives
    • Begin to take steps toward gaining full control of their own lives
    • Recognize why maintenance is necessary
    • Learning how to get over the bumps
    • Accept the freedom
    • Walk in freedom
About the Author/Instructor

Stephanie Romero is a freelance writer. She develops Web content for law firms and blogs regularly about teens, fitness, scrapbooking and home business. She is the editor of the Independent Parties site at Bellaonline, where she writes about news and politics.

As a Christian writer, Stephanie says she encourages others through her blog. Active in her church, she has led many workshops and classes, sharing her experiences of overcoming difficult circumstances in her own life. She has taught in large group settings and also led small groups through Bible studies and classes focused on recovery from past abuse.

One class that she led was Vessels of Honor, reaching out to a group of women dealing with past abuse in their lives. One of the group members reported: “Vessels of Honor with Stephanie allowed me to think about and answer questions that I was trying to avoid. Without the group and guidance from Stephanie, I would have continued to hide what I needed to face in order to be able to move forward. For many years I had not talked about what happened to me, I couldn't even talk about it to myself. The program helped me face my past and be able to talk about it openly. I am no longer ashamed or embarrassed and I no longer feel guilty about what I had endured.”

Stephanie says her passion is to see people made whole, especially those who have suffered from abuse, depression and other emotional traumas. In the future, she hopes to complete a devotional for mothers that is currently in progress. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, scrapbooking and spending time with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children.

Lesson Plan
Syllabus: Getting Started (Course Syllabus)

Unit 1: Recognizing Abuse

Unit 2: My World Now

Unit 3: My Future World

Unit 4: Forgiving Others

Unit 5: Forgiving Self

Unit 6: Taking Back Your Life

Unit 7: Maintenance

Unit 8: Walking in Freedom

Unit 9: Final Exam

How to Participate in this Course

Enroll and start learning today! All course materials will be available when you start the class, so you don't have to wait for weekly lessons and you can truly learn at your own pace. You don't have to be online at any set time; study at your leisure from the comfort or your home or office.

The course curriculum will include tutorial lessons, suggested readings, and optional homework activities. If you are taking the class for enjoyment or self-enrichment, homework is optional but participation is encouraged. Students who approach online learning as an adventure and actively participate will derive the most benefit and enjoyment from online learning. Homework projects, if completed satisfactorily, will earn Extra Credit points which will be added to your Final Exam score and may increase the overall grade you earn in the course.

The Student Handbook provides useful information on how to make the most of your online learning experience at KSURF's Virtual University. Refer to this guide for helpful tips on how to access classrooms, post homework, and answers to most frequently asked questions.