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While my personal mentoring ministry emerged as a result of my successful recovery from sexual addiction, the mentoring model we teach is well suited and easily adaptable for anyone wanting to leverage their redemption story to help others overcome any of a number of critical life issues. Here's just a few:
Sexual Addiction Betrayal Trauma Alcohol Abuse Depression Eating Disorders Gambling Addiction Stress and Anxiety PTSD ADD Childhood Trauma Sexual Abuse Internet Addiction Drug Abuse
Michael & Christine Leahy, Co-CEO's of BraveHearts
Hi, I'm Michael Leahy. I discovered pornography when I was 11 and struggled with it for most of my life. But after hitting rock bottom two years after my divorce back in 1999, I started getting serious about getting well. Breaking free from my addiction eventually led to my founding BraveHearts ministry in 2002 with a mission to lead others to freedom from addiction and trauma through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
For the past 20 years, I've been living a redemptive life that I couldn't even dream of back in the early years of recovery. But it's a life that I love that now has us focused on training and equipping people like YOU to become mentors who are redeeming their lives by guiding others on their pathway to freedom.
Christine joined me in the ministry 14 years ago and she provides us with incredible insight into trauma-informed techniques. She is a member of the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology with advanced training in the areas of Compassion Fatigue also known as Secondary Traumatic Stress and crisis counseling. Her talent and skills in the areas of digital marketing and content creation have been an incredible asset to BraveHearts and how we train our mentors.
We invite you to live the life you were made for by becoming a BraveHearts Certified Professional Mentor™.
COVID-19 and a world increasingly in turmoil have caused a dramatic increase in addiction, trauma, and other mental health issues. With the demand for mental health care far exceeding the supply of qualified care providers, there's never been a better time to become a BraveHearts-trained Certified Professional Mentor™.
A New Solution to Help Solve the Mental Health Crisis
For 5 years, I conducted my own "proof of concept" by taking a mentoring-centric approach to recovery. I met weekly with sexually addicted men, most in 1-on-1 and some in group mentoring sessions, guiding them in their recovery.
I spent over 5,000 hours mentoring 100 men. Over half of them achieved long-term sexual sobriety!
Like a sherpa guide leading a group of climbers up through treacherous mountains they've never climbed before, I instructed these men to just "clip onto my rope" and follow me. I guided them as God guided me, helping them navigate their way through a process I call sexual integrity discipleship.
Drawing off of my own 15+ years of sexual addiction recovery experience, not to mention the 30 years I spent in a growing relationship with pornography and sexual sin, my "mentees" - addicted or not - trust my judgment as I lead them and model sexual integrity, wise decision-making, and healthy intimacy in relationships.
One of my goals when starting this proof-of-concept was to see if a one-person mentoring ministry could succeed and be self-supporting over time. I also wanted to stress-test this model to see if it could generate a consistent six-figure income.
My results speak for themselves and are published here for all to see in the table above. Please understand I'm not doing this to boast. I know that each and every person I mentored was the result of a Divine appointment as my mentoring model, just like my own recovery journey, was unashamedly faith-based and Christ-centered. Instead, I'm proud of the fact that I've proven this model works, first as a successful new approach to recovery, and secondly as a reliable source of income!
Whether you intend to just mentor part-time so you can generate some supplemental income, or you want to start out working it part-time until it grows into a full-time vocation, or you're ready to go all-in right away and make it your full-time occupation, this ministry model is proven and it works, both for you and your mentees!
NOTE: In case you're wondering, the reason you see the decline in # of mentees and income after year 3 is because I started purposefully cutting back on the amount of time I spent mentoring men so I could shift more of my focus to further developing this mentor training program. Creating a ministry model that's replicable has always been a part of my vision for BraveHearts.
DISCLAIMER: Even though these were the results I experienced personally, I just want to remind you that I'm not guaranteeing you'll experience the same results. There are a lot of variables involved, not the least of which is the amount of effort you put into building your mentoring ministry. I'm just sharing this info to show you that it's possible to generate this kind of income and more.
As a Certified Professional Mentor™, your hard-earned wisdom and experiences can mean the difference between a life of freedom and a life of bondage for others.
Your first step is to get help with whatever it is you're struggling with. Whether it's an addiction, the trauma of having an addicted spouse, or some other mental health issue, freedom can be yours. But you can't do it alone. So get help from a trained mentor, counselor, or other mental health care provider.
If your struggle is with sexual addiction or betrayal trauma, we invite you to join BraveHearts and let us and our experts help you on your journey to freedom.
We have a saying in BraveHearts that everyone needs help, and everyone has help to give. So while you're on your recovery and healing journey, don't forget to connect with others in a healing community and help those who are a little further behind than you are. It's an important part of the healing process.
Who knows - you might be like one of us and soon discover how fulfilling and meaningful it is to give to others in the same way others helped you.
This 3rd and final step is one that doesn't suit everyone. But if in the process of helping others you've sensed a calling or discovered a passion for serving God and others in this way, then you're just who we're looking for. Because we, too, are passionate about helping those who are where we once were.
So much so that we've made it our mission to recruit, train, equip, and support a new breed of lay leader - Certified Professional Mentors™.
Take a deep dive and learn all about how to turn your hard-earned wisdom, knowledge, and life experiences into a thriving, revenue-generating mentoring ministry. Now you don't have to wait. Launch your mentoring ministry TODAY and receive ALL of the bonuses referred to here.
1. Mentoring Essentials
2. Roadmap to Redemption
3. Curation & Curriculum
4. 1-on-1 Mentoring
5. Group Mentoring
6. Growth & Self-Care
7. Planning & Organizing
8. Client Acquisition
9. Practice Management
10. Strategic Partnerships
11. Digital Marketing
12. Ready to Launch
Here's just a few of our Certified Professional Mentors™ (CPM) you'll find in our BraveHearts Recovery Directory.
Inside the Launch Your Mentoring Ministry™ 2.0 online training program, you'll get lifetime access to 88 hours of Christ-centered, video-based, instructor-led training on professional mentoring best practices.
This self-paced online training program features best practices in the following mentoring-centric topics.
You'll get a lot more than just online training. You'll get access to monthly Learning Labs, Live Q&As, and our private online BraveHearts Mentors Network for students and alumni alike.
Upon graduation & certification, you'll be invited to appear and share what you know alongside many widely recognized subject matter experts in our next global virtual summit.
We pull out all the stops to promote our Certified Professional Mentors™ with plenty of marketing opportunities.
Launch Your Mentoring Ministry™ 2.0 is the newly revised, self-paced, video-based, expert-led online training program that includes everything you need to get your mentoring ministry off the launch pad and soaring.
1st 6 LYMM Course Modules
You'll learn how to:
Find your market niche
Create a client roadmap
Curate your curriculum
Master 1-on-1 mentoring
Master group mentoring
Foster growth & self-care
All 12 Course Modules
This program includes:
6 LIVE, Zoom video MasterMind sessions led by Michael
24/7 access to a private online network of BraveHearts-trained mentors & students
Completion qualifies you for Mentor Certification.
Your spouse's training is FREE
* Does not include optional Mentor Certification ($997).
2nd 6 Course Modules
You'll learn how to:
Plan and organize your practice
Find and keep paying clients
Manage and scale your practice
Develop strategic partnerships
Grow globally thru digital marketing
Launch profitably in your first year
Yes, we offer a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. If during the first 30 days from when you sign up you're not satisfied with our LYMM training for any reason and would like your money back, we will refund you the full amount you paid - no questions asked.
That really depends on you and your circumstances.
For your planning purposes, just know that there's a total of approximately 88 hours of video-based content to watch forms or worksheets to complete. That's about 44 hours per course or about 7-8 hours per module.
So, in taking a more aggressive approach to completing the training, if you plan to spend 8 hours per week going through the course material you should be able to complete the entire course in 12 weeks (i.e. one module per week). We've had some who planned on going full-time from the get-go who completed the training in even less time than that.
On the other hand, we've had many students who were in no rush or couldn't start the training for several weeks or months go at a much slower pace. For them, it may take anywhere from 4 months to a year to complete the training.
In the end, it really depends on your particular situation and circumstances. That's why we made it self-paced and are allowing you to enroll and start as soon as you're ready to roll.
I would call it more recommended guidelines vs. minimum requirements since everything's based on the honor system.
But for your own safety and well-being as well as that of your future clients, you need to make sure you're healthy and have enough sobriety or healing to not pose a threat to your own recovery or that of your mentees.
As a recommended guideline, we'd like to see a minimum of 2 years of solid recovery for each student BEFORE they attempt to go through our mentor training and certification process.
No, we won't be torturing you with countless quizzes and tests while you learn.
However, there are on occasion worksheets and surveys for you to fill out to help deepen the learning. For those of you going on to get fully certified, these completed worksheets and surveys will actually make up the better part of your overall Mentoring Ministry Plan that you'll be going over with Michael, your mentor, during the Mentor Certification process. So you'll want to complete and keep up with those as you progress through the training.
Otherwise, these exercises are just there for you as a learning aid.
Yes, absolutely! We LOVE seeing both spouses getting trained to help others, even if they don't start the training at the same time (yes, that's ok with us, too).
When you first sign up for the training, you'll be asked to complete an online Student Profile Form. That's where you'll let us know that your spouse would also like to take the training, when you anticipate they'd like to begin, and what their name and email address is (so we can set them up with their own account).
Even if they're not ready yet from a recovery standpoint, they can come back to us months or even years later when they are ready to start the training. Just as long as one of you paid for your training.
From then on, it's proceed at your own pace. And with each of you having your own separate user account, you'll each be able to mark your progress as you go.
No, it is not. Mentor Certification costs $997 for you, or you and your spouse if you're married and go through the Certification process together.
No, it's totally optional. And it's only available to those students or couples who've completed all 12 Modules of the Launch Your Mentoring Ministry curriculum.
But it is required in order to earn the credentials and be designated by BraveHearts as a Certified Professional Mentor™ or CPM.
Lots of reasons, that is assuming you'd like to get paid mentoring others.
For one, over the course of 3-4 weeks that the Mentoring Certification process usually takes, you or you and your spouse will be meeting with Michael 1-on-1 via Zoom to review and discuss your Mentoring Ministry Plan. This plan is mainly comprised of the various worksheets and surveys you filled out during your online course training time.
Michael will personally review your plan prior to your first meeting to find gaps and weak spots, areas that he thinks need improvement or clarification before you meet again.
He'll go through the same process before your second meeting, this time reviewing your corrected or updated plan, prior to you both discussing them together.
This tailored approach has proven to save LYMM students both time and money in following many of the recommendations Michael has made once he's had a chance to get to know you better individually and really understand your goals and objectives as you get ready to launch your mentoring ministry.
Only after this further vetting of you and your Mentoring Ministry Plan are we willing and able to award you with the designation of Certified Professional Mentor™ or CPM.
It's our way of telling the world that we think you've got what it takes to be a great mentor and worthy of their investment of time and money working with you as their mentee.
In addition, we enjoy promoting our CPM's to the rest of the world, and typically include our newer graduates as speakers alongside well-known subject matter experts in our highly successful virtual summits.
But we think the biggest reason why you should make the additional investment in going through our Mentor Certification process is to help you accelerate on your pathway to growth and profitability in less time than it might otherwise take if you hadn't spent the extra time working with an experienced mentor like Michael.
That is, after all, the essence of the value any mentor brings to the table. In this case, the value proposition is no different.
Not if you both go through it together at the same time. But if they complete the training at a later date and want to get certified after you've already completed your own Mentor Certification without them, then they will have to pay their own Mentor Certification fee, which is currently $997.
The need is there. The process is proven. Your calling is undeniable. So what are you waiting for? Enroll today and begin your new adventure helping others by leveraging your story for God's glory as a Certified Professional Mentor™.
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