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Our archived collection of our past newsletters.

Newsletters

Our archive contains 33 past newsletters—ASCA News, from 1999 to 2010. The most recent issues are presented first.

Note: You may be interested in our archive of past blog posts—the Wordpress ASCA blog, spanning years 2011 to 2014.

Past issues

1) March, 2010 (pdf)
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  • Being Authentic
  • Expressing Anger
  • Etiology of Disease

  • What is the essence of authenticity? How do we process anger? How do we deal with anger at ASCA meetings? What is dis-ease, and how can psychotherapy help? In this issue of the ASCA newsletter you’ll find some interesting insights to all of these questions.

2) December, 2009 (pdf)
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  • An Introduction to ASCA Dec 2009

  • Our Dec. 2009 newsletter is a brief introduction to all things ASCA. Links to our Website are used to help the reader easily find additional information about the ASCA program.

3) February, 2003 (pdf)
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  • Call for Submissions: The Inner Child
  • An interview with Rana
  • Poetry and an essay by Laurie Frye

  • We are seeking commentaries, experiences, questions etc. on the topic of the inner child.
  • An interview with Rana, who facilitates several ASCA Meetings in South Africa; Rana also codirects a non-profit organization, Wo+men Against Child Abuse, that takes aim at Child Abuse as a social condition. Rana talks about both the personal and the political aspects of recovery, and the personal challenges survivors face as they try to reconcile their present lives with their past causes.
  • Poetry and an essay by Laurie Frye. Laurie shares her poems and analyses them, using the knowledge she has gained from working on her own abuse issues as a member of ASCA. A particularly insightful critique of identifying with one’s abuser to protect oneself, Laurie provides us with a crucial understanding of how this phenomenon works.

4) December, 2002 (pdf)
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  • Part II - Interview with Stu
  • Poetry by James Daniel
  • Fiction by Thomas Taylor

  • Stu discusses membership and attendance and how to keep meetings both safe and fruitful
  • Poetry and fiction that takes an unflinching look at abuse from a child’s point of view

5) October, 2002 (pdf)
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  • A short and powerful article by Robert on Inner Child Issues
  • Part I - An interview with Stu

  • An article by Robert S that touches on inner child issues and the effect of repression that resurface in adult life
  • Interview with Stu Part I - with no ASCA meetings in his locale, Stu took it upon himself to start 2 meetings. Stu discusses what drew him to ASCA and how he promotes ASCA and attracts new members.

6) August, 2002 (pdf)

  • Intro - Our new editor
  • New Regional Meeetings

  • A mini-newsletter introducing ASCA’s new newsletter editor

7) June, 2002 (pdf)
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  • From the Desk of G.J. Bilotta, PhD
  • As I see It - An Article by ASCA’s President
  • Poetry and Prose

  • G.J. Bilotta on The Morris Center and ASCA
  • ASCA’s president’s reflections on hope
  • Unintentional Music: Releasing Your Deepest Creativity by Lane, Poetry by James, and a personal article by Steve

8) March, 2002 (pdf)
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  • Essay on the Psychological Split
  • Poem by DL Nolte

  • I am Identical - An essay on the child who splits himself to understand the impossible
  • Children Learn What They Live - A poem by DL Nolte

9) December, 2001 (pdf)

  • As I See It - Parents as Perpetrators
  • Poetry by James, Cynthia, and Kim
  • Holiday Dynamics

  • As I See It - Parents as Perpetrators by B. Roberts
  • Poetry - Christmas Holiday by James, Stolen Daughters by Kim, The Perfect House, by Cynthia
  • Possible Rotation C Topic for December
    Holiday Dynamics
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    What is the ASCA Meeting Guidebook on Our Web Page
  • An Interview with Denise About the Relationship with the "Inner Child"

10) October, 2001 (pdf)

  • ASCA Members from South Africa Speak
  • Revisiting Topics from Our Web Page
  • Dis-Inviting an ASCA Participant

  • ASCA Members from South Africa Speak!
  • reflex-tions - Poetry
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Revisiting Topics from Our Web Page
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Dis-Inviting an ASCA Participant
  • Step 7 Elaboration by Rana
  • Announcements

11) September, 2001 (pdf)
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  • Caring for Our Bodies
  • Ongoing Commitment to Recovery
  • Step 3 Elaboration

  • A Reflective Moment for September
    Caring for Our Bodies
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    Ongoing Commitment to Recovery
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Supporting The Morris Center and our ASCA Program
  • Walking on Shells - Poetry by James
  • Step 3 Elaboration by G. Bilotta
  • Announcements

12) August, 2001 (pdf)
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  • Respect: To Look Again
  • How We are Growing in Respect
  • Our Partial List of Feelings

  • A Reflective Moment for August
    Respect: To Look Again by G Bilotta
    Exploring ideas concerning the notion of respect.
  • Blocks - Poetry by James
  • Possible Rotation C Topic:
    Respect: How Are We Growing in Respect Toward Self and Others
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment:
    Our Partial List of Feelings
    The Welcome to ASCA handout contains a diverse list of feelings. It is meant to be used as a tool to assist us in identifying and articulating our emotions.
  • Step 6 Elaboration by G Bilotta
    Perspectives on shame and how to go about rebalancing the shame in our lives.

13) July, 2001 (pdf)
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  • Recovery: Integrating and Thriving
  • Integrating Unresolved Childhood Events
  • Step 8 Elaboration

  • Reflective Moment for July
    Recovery: Integrating and Thriving
  • Mother - Poetry by James
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Integrating Unresolved Childhood Events
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Purpose of Periodic Business Meetings
    Discussions and decisions.
  • Step 8 Elaboration by G. Bilotta
    Taking an honest inventory of your current life problems and dedicating yourself to changing behaviors that are making your life unsatisfactory.
  • Announcements

14) June, 2001 (pdf)
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  • Dealing with Reality: Fighting, Surrender, Accepting
  • ASCA News - Offering Feedback
  • Step 18 Elaboration

  • A Reflective Moment for June
    Dealing with Reality: Fighting, Surrender, Accepting
    Ideas surrounding the concepts of resisting, surrendering to, and accepting reality.
  • ASCA News - Offering Feedback
  • Grandpa’s Bed - Poetry by James
  • Step 18 Elaboration (continued) by G. Bilotta
    Elaboration on forgiveness.

15) May, 2001 (pdf)
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  • Recovery: A Process
  • Our Experience of Recovery
  • Selecting Helpful Topics and Materials for Rotation C Meetings

  • A Reflective Moment for May
    Recovery: A Process
    The primary elements of the Recovery Process
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Our Experience of Recovery
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Selecting Helpful Topics and Accompanying Handout Materials for Rotation C ASCA Meetings
  • The Pain Within - Poetry by Tina
  • Step 18 Elaboration by G. Bilotta
    Unfolding the meaning of "resolved" and "acceptable" and how this will influence the process of recovery.
  • Co-Secretary Update

16) April, 2001 (pdf)
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  • Enriching the Soil that Fosters Our Emerging Selves
  • Resistance: The Rusty Hinges of Recovery
  • Poetry

  • A Reflective Moment for April
    Enriching the Soil that Fosters Our Emerging Selves by G. Bilotta
    The center out of which our sense of self emerges and grows is through an enriched sense of awe and wonder in our everyday lives.
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Resistance: The Rusty Hinges of Recovery
    Resistance resembles the rusting hinges on the doorway to our ongoing recovery ...
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment:
    Selecting Helpful Topics and Accompanying Handout Materials for Rotation C Meetings
  • Insult to Structure - Poetry by James
  • Co-Secretary Update

17) March, 2001 (pdf)
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  • Listening: The Answers Around Us
  • Trust: Only if They Cherish
  • Relevancy of Ongoing Education During Regular ASCA Meetings

  • A Reflective Moment for March
    Listening: The Answers Around Us
    Unfolding answers to life’s many daily questions, dilemmas, and difficulties.
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Trust: Only if They Cherish
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Relevancy of Ongoing Education During Regular ASCA Meetings
  • Beating My Bones Out in the Open - Poetry by James
  • Co-Secretary Update

18) February, 2001 (pdf)
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  • Respect: Recovery’s Soothing Salve
  • Shame: The Clinging Residue of Abuse
  • Preparing for an ASCA Meeting

  • A Reflective Moment for February
    Respect: Recovery’s Soothing Salve by G. Bilotta
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Shame: The Clinging Residue of Abuse
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment:
    Preparing for an ASCA Meeting
  • Remedy for Depression - Poetry by James
  • Co-secretary Update

19) January, 2001 (pdf)
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  • What Kind of a Person? What Kind of a Life?
  • Maladaptive Patterns and Destructive Behaviors
  • Conflicts Within a Meeting

  • A Reflective Moment for January
    What Kind of a Person? What Kind of a Life? by G. Bilotta
    Fundamental questions help to form who we are as human beings and influence in what manner we proceed through our lives.
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Maladaptive Patterns and Destructive Behaviors
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Conflicts Within a Meeting
    Conflicts within an ASCA meeting often revolve around miscommunication and personality clashes.
  • The Man with the Odd-Numbered Chakras - Poetry by James
  • Co-Secretary Update

20) December, 2000 (pdf)
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  • Patience: Acknowledging and Accepting Reality
  • The Holidays: A Stress-Filled Time of the Year
  • Using the Survivor to Thriver Manual

  • A Reflective Moment
    Patience: Acknowledging and Accepting Reality
    The virtue, goodness and advantage of fostering patience in our daily lives receives little notice and discussion.
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    The Holidays: A Stress-Filled Time of the Year
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Using the Survivor to Thriver Manual
    The Survivor to Thriver manual offers an organized way and plan to proceed. It is a discriminating aid to help us clarify our story of abuse and recovery.
  • Co-secretary Update

21) November, 2000 (pdf)
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  • Not Taking Life for Granted
  • What Does it Mean to Have a Sense of Self?
  • Sharing That Connects, Sharing That Disconnects

  • A Reflective Moment
    Not Taking Life for Granted
    What does a deepening and enriching sense of not taking life for granted do for us?
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Sharing That Connects, Sharing That Disconnects
    Do you ever wonder why we sometimes connect and listen intently to one person’s share and why we sometimes disconnect...?
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    What Does it Mean to Have a Sense of Self?
  • Crooked - Poetry by James
  • Co-Secretary Update

22) October, 2000 (pdf)
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  • Reflecting on the Surprisingly Unexpected
  • The Heart of the ASCA Meeting Guidelines
  • Criticism Versus Praiseworthiness

  • A Reflective Moment
    Reflecting on the Surprisingly Unexpected
    What meaning and purpose unfolds from an accident?
    We need to spend time with the stuff of life to let it unfold and reveal its mystery to us.
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    The Heart of the ASCA Meeting Guidelines
    Tending to point us in a direction, rather than being concrete, these guidelines require a generous scoop of goodwill and some common sense on the part of all participants.
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Criticism Versus Praiseworthiness
  • Abuse - Poetry by BoK
  • Co-Secretary Update

23) September, 2000 (pdf)

  • Summary of June - August 2000 Editions of the ASCA News
  • Co-Secretary Training
  • Co-Secretary Update

  • Summary of June - August 2000 Editions of the ASCA News
  • Co-Secretary Training
  • Co-Secretary Update

24) August, 2000 (pdf)
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  • Life’s Integrity
  • Maintaining a Relationship with a past Perpetrator?
  • Supporting Your ASCA Meeting

  • A Reflective Moment
    Life’s Integrity
    Life’s integrity resonates with a steadfast adherence to principles...principles that are like compasses and maps that assist us as we proceed through our daily activities and experiences.
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    Maintaining a Relationship with a past Perpetrator?
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Supporting Your ASCA Meeting
    An ASCA meeting just does not happen, but rather relies on the good will of its participants.
  • Co-secretary Update

25) July, 2000 (pdf)
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  • Promoting Courage Within Our Lives
  • Telling Our Story
  • ASCA Board of Directors

  • A Reflective Moment
    Promoting Courage Within Our Lives
    Facing Life’s Changes, Difficulties, and Challenges
    With our emerging 21st century full of speed...trying to live a reflective life in order to foster courage has never been more essential.
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    Telling Our Story
  • ASCA Board of Directors
  • Co-secretary Update

26) June, 2000 (pdf)
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  • A Reflective Moment - Approaching Life
  • Sharing Basics
  • Sadness

  • A Reflective Moment
    Approaching Life
    Most of us seldom allocate time to think and strategize, to make decisions concerning cultivating personal characteristics or dispositions, matters of the heart - like compassion, gentleness, appreciation...
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Sharing Basics
    Occasionally, members inquire into the parameters surrounding what can or cannot be shared in an ASCA meeting...additional clarification may be helpful for
    some participants.
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Sadness
  • Co-Secretary Update

27) May, 2000 (pdf)
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  • The Values by Which We live
  • Money and Donations
  • Money and Finances

  • A Reflective Moment
    The Values by Which We Live
    Values are like a compass, they help us find our way...
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Money and Donations
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Money and Finances
  • The Secret Loss - Poetry by Leland
  • Co-Secretary Update

28) April, 2000 (pdf)
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  • The Values by Which We live
  • Co-Secretary Interventions
  • Exploring Relationships

  • A Reflective Moment
    The Values by Which We Live
    Values are like a compass, they help us to find our way, especially when life becomes confusing, overwhelming, hectic, disorienting...
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    Exploring Relationships
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Co-Secretary Interventions
    Co-Secretaries report that intervening during a meeting is the most difficult, scary, and most undesirable aspect of being a Co-Secretary. They deserve our support, understanding, and cooperation.
  • Broken Words - Poetry by James
  • Co-secretary Update

29) March, 2000 (pdf)
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  • A Reflective Moment - Life is a Daily Struggle...
  • Telephone Support Sign-Up
  • Courage: Recovery’s Adhesive

  • A Reflective Moment
    Life is a Daily Struggle or Part of the Meaning of life is to Struggle
    This month we raise another basic issue – life is a struggle.
  • ASCA Ongoing Education Moment
    Telephone Support Sign-Up
    Clarification of the role and obligation of a volunteer.
  • Possible Rotation C Topic
    Courage: Recovery’s Adhesive
  • Crooked - Poetry by James
  • Co-Secretary Update

30) February, 2000 (pdf)
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  • The Pause That Refreshes
  • Art of Supportive Feedback
  • Depression: The Yoke of Childhood Abuse

  • A Reflective Moment
    The Pause That Refreshes
    There are fundamental questions concerning life that we all respond to in one way or another...The answers we give to such questions point us in certain directions as we pass through life.
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    Depression: The Yoke of Childhood Abuse
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Art of Supportive Feedback
    Supportive feedback, as an art form, increases our ability to be gracious people.
  • Son of Daddy Gander – Poetry by James
  • Co-secretary Update

31) January, 2000 (pdf)
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  • Elaboration on Guideline #5
  • A new book by Michael Lew
  • Looking Forward: Forming the Future

  • Leaping Upon Mountains: Men Proclaiming Victory Over Sexual Child Abuse
    M. Lew’s long awaited second book focuses on the reality of recovery.
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    Looking Forward: Forming the Future
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Elaboration on Guideline #5
    Attending an ASCA meeting under the influence of alcohol or a drug not prescribed by a physician is not helpful nor respectful to either self nor to others attending the meeting...
  • Co-secretary Update

32) December, 1999 (pdf)
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  • Guideline #4 Elaboration
  • Book Announcement
  • Holidays: Lost and Found

  • Book Announcement
    Multiple Journeys to One: Spiritual Stories for Integrating from Dissociative Identity Disorder
    by Terry Popp
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    Holidays: Lost and Found
  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Guideline #4 Elaboration
  • Co-Secretary Update

33) October, 1999 (pdf)
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  • Guideline #2 Elaboration
  • Control: A Paradox

  • ASCA Meeting Ongoing Education Moment
    Guideline #2 Elaboration
  • Possible Rotation C Subject
    Control: A Paradox