Wisdom of the Twelve Steps – 3rd Step (6 hours)

David W. Earle


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Clients working the twelve steps encounter different struggles when working each individual step. The goal of the 3rd Step is to encourage the reader to “make a decision” concerning their higher power. This includes a personal understanding and definition of a “higher power” they are comfortable with. This workbook helps begin the process of exploring additional viewpoints about the great unknown. It provides the reader the basic tools to carry out this task, such as, the necessary components needed for change, understanding personal emotions, and learning how external solutions do not work for internal problems. In addition, the 3rd Step doubts – common in recovery – are included.

This workbook gently encourages readers to explore wider and broader possibilities of what their personal higher power can be and in the process explores the possibility of a different definition of their “higher power” than they had when first entering the Twelve Steps.


• To increase knowledge about clinical aspects of the 3rd Step

• To increase knowledge about professional issues concerning the treatment of addiction

• To provide resources to help counselors assist clients work the 3rd Step


David Walton Earle, LPC combines his counseling skills with his twenty-plus-years of executive management experience into a powerful matrix called Business Coaching. Using this technique, Earle assist leaders to increase their leadership effectiveness through people skills. He is also a teacher, trainer, author, counselor, and alternative dispute professional.

Earle earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M and has held executive management positions in various fields including industrial construction, private investment banking, and corporate trouble shooting. He is now the president of the Earle Company, an organization dedicated to change.

As an author:

Self-published six others books: What To Do While You Count To 10, Gilligan’s Notes, Simple Communications for Complicated People, and Love is Not Enough. In addition there are three workbooks entitled The Wisdom of the Twelve Steps a separate book for each of the first three steps. Earle also wrote a three-book self-help poetry trilogy: Professor of Pain, Iron Mask, and Red Roses ‘n Pinstripes.

Future work: Contents of a Small Boy’s Pocket has a target publishing of the 4th quarter of 2016.

Co-authored books on leadership: Leadership-Helping Others Succeed and Extreme Leadership and a coauthored joke book entitled, You Might Need a Therapist if… scheduled for publication in the 1st quarter of 2016.

Earle has been on the panel as a mediator and/or arbitrator for various organizations such as U.S. Federal Court-Middle District, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Financial Industry Regulator Authority (FINRA), and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was on the faculty of the University of Phoenix for over 10 years.

His trademarked motto is My Life Ill Change When I Change™; he enjoys tennis and he lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Penny, and their dog, Fletcher.

Additional information

Dimensions 6 in

CD ROM, Hard Copy, Internet