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Audio Travel Guides Part 2



​​Category:  Marriage

Blog #301 “Peparing for Your Marriage Journey” (Time: 13:00 Minutes) -  (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

Premarital counseling is a great resource for engaged couples who are planning their marriage journey together. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker discusses the importance of preparing for marriage and explores the two-fold purpose of premarital counseling. Key resources for premarital assistance are included in the presentation.

 

 

 
 


 

Blog #302 “Divorce:  Discerning Your Decision” (Time: 20:40 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

The divorce exit is often chosen when travels along the Marriage Highway become stressful and painful. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores the importance of discerning the decision to remain married or to pursue a divorce. He presents Discernment Counseling as a positive resource in the decision-making process. A clearer understanding of the negative fallout of divorce can provide renewed motivation for resolving current marital problems in an effort to work toward a healthy, satisfying marriage relationship.   

 

 





 


​​Blog #303 “Marriage:  When Are We Ready?” (Time: 35:28 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Preparation for marriage is vitally important for a safe and successful journey on the Marriage Highway. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores reasonable readiness for marriage through four traits suggested by the acrostic MATE:  mature, aware, team-oriented, equipped. He emphasizes the importance of “becoming a good mate” in addition to “selecting a good mate.”

 

 






 

​Category:  Parenting

Blog #401 “Parents and Homework Stress” (Time: 13:15 Minutes) -  (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

Most parents struggle with homework issues during the child-rearing years. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker helps parents learn how to reduce their stress through the use of a consultant-style approach to homework supervision suggested by family psychologist John Rosemond. An overview of Rosemond’s recommendations is provided, along with a brief look at his practical ABC model of implementing the consultant style.

 


 


​Blog #402 “The PRO-Parent:  Producing our Children” (Time: 31:30 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

The joys and challenges of parenthood begin with the decision to become parents. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores the importance of preparation involved in the choice to produce children. He discusses the need for a healthy marriage relationship, the possession of key resources, the acceptance of certain realities, and the understanding of parental roles and responsibilities.  

 

 


Blog #403 “The PRO-Parent:  Protecting our Children” (A)  (Time: 18:34 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

The protection of children is a vital part of responsible parenthood. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores the need for child protection and presents a four-fold approach for building an effective protection program. The material encourages and equips parents in their efforts to safeguard their parenting journey.  

 

 





Blog #404 “The PRO-Parent:  Protecting our Children” (B) (Time: 18:22 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

The protection of children involves daily battles with threats to health and safety.  In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores the importance of a balanced protection program and the use of that program with resistant kids and abusive parents. He encourages parents to practice leadership and courage in their efforts to protect children in their journey toward adulthood.  

 








​​Blog #405 “The PRO-Parent:  Providing for our Children” ​ (Time: 22:36 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Providing for children is clearly a vital part of parenthood. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores the provider role that parents have, and he presents tips and tools for the development of survival skills and personal values. Included is a description of the Survival Skills Checklist Dr. Baker constructed for parents to use with their children.  

 








Blog #406 “The PRO-Parent:  Promoting  our Children”(Time: 28:49 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

The promotion of children is a vital component of parenthood. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker discusses the continuing promotion of children throughout their childhood years and the concluding promotion that launches them into adulthood. Dr. Baker presents four types of launch experiences and shares five “rules of the road” that will keep parents on track as they strive to promote their children into adulthood.

 


 




Blog #407 “Parents and Teenagers:  Learning to Negotiate”(Time: 30:35 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Families often struggle and suffer when parents and teenagers do not work together on issues related to permission and rules. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker recommends that parents and their teenagers use a form of family negotiation that can reduce the unnecessary stress and improve the quality of family life. He provides tips for parents and a practical four-step process that teenagers can use to improve their skills in seeking permission from parents.

 









​​Blog #408:  "Family Rules:  War or Peace?” (Time: 23:17 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)            

Family rules are essential to the structure and health of all families. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker helps parents to resolve frustration and conflict by establishing and enforcing family rules that are workable and appropriate. In his material Dr. Baker explores several key questions about family rules and recommends a process of regular assessment and modification.

 

       




Blog #409:  "Family Leadership:  Who's Driving?” (Time: 25:00 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

The absence of positive leadership propels a family unit toward a state of crisis while the presence of effective leadership promotes family health and happiness. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores a continuum of three types of family leadership:  Anarchic, Authoritative, and Authoritarian. He presents three practical tips for applying Authoritative leadership through specific goals, styles, and actions.  

 







​Category:  Communication/Conflict

Blog #501 Communication:  Knowing when to Stop Talking” (Time: 17:00 Minutes) -  (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

A strong, healthy relationship requires good communication which involves effective talking and listening skills. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker uses a car’s brake system to illustrate the importance of developing and using a Time-out Program. He provides practical suggestions that will help couples to set up a workable plan designed to prevent damage and promote safety within their relationship.

 





Blog #502 "Relationship Conflict:  Your Resolution Roadmap” (Part One) (Time: 15:11 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Unresolved conflict poses a serious threat to the health and happiness of every human relationship. When couples travel through life in their marriage journey without a workable plan for resolving their conflict, they are at high risk for divorce. In this audio presentation (Part One) Dr. Bill Baker explores the realities of unresolved conflict and introduces the development of a Conflict Resolution Roadmap.

 








​Blog #503 "Relationship Conflict: Your Resolution Roadmap” (Part Two) (Time: 24:37 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Marriage success requires effective skills for conflict resolution. In this audio presentation (Part Two) Dr. Bill Baker provides an outline for the development of a conflict resolution roadmap. He presents specific tips and practical tools that any couple can use to develop a roadmap that will enable them to protect and strengthen their marriage during times of conflict.​

 







​​Blog #504 "Communication:  Learning to Listen" (Time: 27:46 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Effective communication is vital to the health and happiness of human relationships. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker discusses the importance of mutual understanding and the role of listening within the communication process. He presents some common hindrances to listening and then provides a formula and three specific skills that promote listening effectiveness.

 







Blog #505 "Communication: Supplying Self-disclosure" (Time: 37:02 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Effective communication involves two key components:  sufficient self-disclosure and effective listening. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker discusses the importance of self-disclosure in all human relationships with particular application given to the marriage relationship. After exploring several causes of low self-disclosure he presents some practical tips and tools for improving positive self-disclosure.

 








Category:  Anger Management

Blog #601: “Anger:  The Cost"  (16:40 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

Uncontrolled anger grows into an inner Anger Beast that threatens the health and well-being of individuals and relationships. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker introduces the basic impact that unmanaged anger has upon our physical, emotional, and relationship health, and then he explores the multi-faceted cost of maintaining the Anger Beast within us. The conclusion is clear:  unmanaged anger carries a high price tag! 

 






Blog #602: “Anger:  The Choice"  (17:12 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Effective anger management requires an understanding that other people and circumstances do not directly cause our anger. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker discusses the real cause of our anger and the resulting personal choice that we have. The belief that “Anger is a choice” is a key ingredient to safe and successful travels along the Anger Highway of life.  

 







​Blog #603: “Anger:  The Change"  (16:31 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Anger Management is an important life-skill necessary to both individual and relationship health. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores the process for changing from a negative anger pattern to a positive pattern.  The effective usage of healthy thinking tools provides a workable roadmap for safe and successful travels along the Anger Highway in life. 

 








Blog #604: “Anger:  The Challenge"  (22:49 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Effective anger management is often challenged by the presence of high levels of inner stress. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker discusses the role that stress plays in the anger process, and he provides workable solutions to the troublesome issues of “trigger thoughts” and “short fuses.” 

 







Category:  Grief Recovery

Blog #1001 “The Journey through Grief” (17 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

The journey through grief is an unwelcomed journey, a “grief road trip” that usually seems very difficult to travel and impossible to complete. How can we travel safely toward our destination when we hit this “roadblock” of loss and grief? How can we develop a workable roadmap that will direct us safely home? This audio presentation by Dr. Baker provides four survival components in the form of a “4-H Grief Club.” The listener will explore practical tools and will receive important encouragement toward healing and recovery.​

 



 

 
 

 

Blog #1002 “Living with Loss:  Surviving the Holidays" (Time: 11:45 Minutes) -  (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)


Holidays and special days are usually very difficult for people who have experienced losses through death and/or divorce. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker discusses two important survival principles and then presents three key components involved in the development of a workable survival plan. 

 

 

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​Blog #1003: “Death:  Managing the Mystery" (Length: 32:52 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

In our postmodern world death remains an unsolved mystery, and fear continues to be a universal response to death. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker explores the reduction of fear through a spiritual perspective of “seeing the invisible.” The role of spiritual faith is a necessary component to the successful management of the mystery of death.

 







Blog #1004: “Heaven:  Searching for a City" (Length: 24:00 Minutes) - (Speaker: Dr. Bill Baker)

 

Dealing with death is a challenge for each of us, whether it’s our personal death we’re facing or the death of a loved one to which we’re responding. In this audio presentation Dr. Bill Baker discusses the Christian’s hope of heaven as an effective solution for coping with death and as a helpful component in grief recovery. Dr. Baker's presentation was given at a morning worship service at his home church following the death of several members of the congregation. 

 

 

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