About Us

The Workshop Leader Body (WSLB) is a group of individuals who are members of one or more 12-Step Fellowships for recovery from various forms of addiction (such Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)*, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Alanon Family Groups, etc.) and who focus on working the 12 steps of AA. The contents of the website are drawn from their collective Experience, Strength & Hope. WSLB is a Project started in 2008, of the JSNS Alateen Charitable Trust.

The very nature of our work requires anonymity. Typically, individual contributions and content are signed personally by the contributor. All content goes through a review process by the WSLB Members before being published. Depending on the contributor’s choice, the contribution may appear in the open sections of this website or in the restricted sections which are open only to registered users.

While the WSLB currently comprises AA members, it is neither constituted as an AA group nor as a service board under AA’s service structure, nor that of any other fellowship. As such, it is not affiliated or connected officially to AA (or to any other fellowship) in any way whatsoever. It is an independent body formed by AAs with long-term sobriety. We draw heavily from our collective experience in AA and its events, just as we draw from so many, many other experiences we have had in our lives, including seminars, conventions and training programs that are conducted by organisations unconnected with AA. They are typically spiritual, self-help, work-related and mentoring/coaching courses, or publications. Again, all this constitutes nothing but the experience, strength and hope of the members who comprise the WSLB.

The WSLB Academy website is full of ways to actually work the steps. There can never be one “right” way (or a “wrong” way) and nothing in the official AA literature prescribes any particular way. The working of the steps by WSLB has emerged after decades of practice, trial & error and plain common sense.

In that sense, our material is unique (© WSLB), although others have assimilated it by attending our workshops and training programs and made it their own, while sometimes failing to produce the same impact on the trainees. We invite participants to go forth and actively share their ESH with others after completing the workshops.  We have found that it is crucial for a new starter to partake in our entry level SWS (Step WorkShop) under the guidance of a trained WSL (Work Shop Leader) to gain best results.

We have four levels of practicing the 12 Steps of AA. They are:

SWS – The entry-level 12-step workshop. We recommend members do this workshop once a year for sustained recovery and character building using the 12 steps of AA. This is usually a 3-full-day event.

PWS – The Promises Workshop – Recommended after at least two SWSs, to gain access to realizing the Twelve Promises of the AA 12 Step Program. This program has been successful in having results that are consistent with the 12 Promises show up in daily life for participants in a matter of weeks or months. This is a 4-full-day event followed by 2 Sundays (holidays) follow up work.

SAW - The Step Application Workshop carries the principles of the AA Programme into real, day-to-day life, building on the Recovery. The workshop empowers participants with practical tools to apply the “Maintenance Steps”, viz. steps 9-12, of the AA Programme on a daily basis.

Passing it on – Train The Train the Trainer (T3) program that trains members who’ve completed the PWS and assisted in SWSs to lead in three streams:

  1. WSLs – Workshop Leaders Trained to Lead SWSs.
  2. WSMs – Workshop Managers Trained to produce and manage SWSs.
  3. PIDs – Public Information Directors Trained to carry the message of “Recovery through working the steps” to groups and individuals in their Area.

All our members are volunteers. They derive absolutely no pecuniary or other non-pecuniary benefits for their time and effort. Our Financial Policy can be found here.

The “Big Book” of AA says “We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us.”(Alcoholics Anonymous, p.164) At WSLB, we have taken this principle to heart. As a result, WSLB workshops have constantly evolved and grown with each iteration, the single focus and intent being the ever deeper comprehension and application of the 12 steps in all aspects of our lives, leading to the fulfilment of ALL the 12 Promises listed in The Big Book.

At last count, the community of participants in WSLB workshops has grown from 8 people in 2008 to several thousand by end 2021. It is our experience that around a third of the participants in every SWS have attended one earlier, many of them several. Thus we believe WSLB has come of age.

WSLB workshops are open to participants drawn from ANY 12-Step fellowship, and indeed many participants from NA, Alanon, GA, OA etc. have attended WSLB workshops. However, workshops organized by and conducted at the invitation of specific fellowships, or groups and service organizations within them, may be subject to the participation policies of these entities.

WSLB was early to recognize the value of online education, and pioneered the online SWS back in 2019. The advent of COVID precluded any possibility of face-to-face events, and thus accelerated the adoption of online workshops. At the request of participants, WSLB has developed both web-based and call-based workshop formats, and more than a 100 participants have already experienced the power of this format. In a real sense, this reflects the real need among members for effective step work, and the growing trust in WSLB programs to fulfill precisely that.

Please feel free to use the contact form on the website to communicate with us. We hope the material on the website, constrained as it is by the restrictions of anonymity and the written word, is useful to you in your endeavour to change the things you can.

AA = Altered Attitudes, as they say!

 

 

The 12 Step Workshop

The 12-Step Workshop - or SWS for short is the entry-level programme for people to work the 12-steps of AA. Coached by AAs, for AAs and of AAs, the SWS is a 3-day programme.

The PWS

The Promises Workshop, or PWS for short, is for people who've maintained long-term sobriety and have completed doing at least two SWSs. They need to have also actually worked all the 12 Steps in their entirety.

Train the Trainer

WSLB believes in the AA tradition of "give it away to keep it". Hence a Train the Trainer (T3WS) Course.