Part 4 – RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

Part 4 – RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus November 30, 2015

WhenCowsKidsCollideby Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows & Kids Collide

We’ve covered why RU should be compared to inpatient treatment facilities, their spurious views on addictions and the lack of trained staff on site.

This information alone would be enough to send me running for the hills, but let’s pretend for a minute that I’m still interested in going to RU Schools of Discipleship like Josh Duggar did.  They have a four part application process.    The first step is to read the handbook fully and until you completely understand it.

Page 1 is a cover page.

Page 2 is a standard welcome letter explaining that you have to read the handbook, fax the application packet and supporter packet, and someone will call you back.

Page 3:
The total program cost is $7,500 which is non-refundable.
The same page lays out the fact the program will take a minimum of 180 days because there are 4 phases each of which requires a minimum of 45 days.   Most inpatient drug rehabilitation centers cost between $18,000 – $35,000 per month.

Six months at the low end of that range should cost $108,000 – so how is RU making up the $100,500 difference per patient?  We’ve already covered that their staff has no degrees from accredited colleges and most are recent graduates of the program, so that drives the salaries way down.

The handbook lays out the “Phases”.  I’ve linked the materials that are for sale through RU.

Phase One (minimum of 45 days)
1. Complete the Challenger Workbook
2. “It’s Personal” Daily Journal
3. View a principle a day, every weekday
4. Attend all evening training functions
5. Six individual student intervention meeting sessions with the Intervention Mentor (SIP)
6. Read Nevertheless I Live chapters 1-2 by Steve Curington
7. Read Distressed, Oppressed, or Possessed? by Steve Curington
8. Your First Phase will be evaluated by the Dean of the Home upon completion.

Phase Two (minimum of 45 days)
1. Complete the Transformer Workbook
2. “It’s Personal” Daily Journal 
3. View a principle a day, every weekday
4. Attend all evening training functions
5. Four individual student intervention meeting sessions with the Intervention Mentor (SIP)
6. Read Nevertheless I Live chapters 3-4 by Steven Curington
7. You must pass the Transformer level test to enter into Phase Three.
8. Your Second Phase will be evaluated by the Dean of The Home upon completion.

Phase Three (minimum of 45 days)
1. Complete the Conformer Workbook
2. “It’s Personal” Daily Journal 
3. View a principle a day, every weekday
4. Attend all evening training functions
5. Three individual student intervention meeting sessions with the Intervention Mentor (SIP)
6. Read Nevertheless I Live chapters 5-7 by Steven Curington
7. Read Tall Law by Steven Curington
8. You must pass the Conformer level test to enter into Phase Four.
9. Your Third Phase will be evaluated by the Dean of The Home upon completion.

Phase Four (minimum of 45 days) 
1. Complete the Reformer Workbook
2. “It’s Personal” Daily Journal 
3. View a principle a day, every weekday
4. Attend all evening training functions
5. Two individual student intervention meeting sessions with the Dean (SIP)
6. Read Nevertheless I Live chapters 8-10 by Steven Curington
7. You must pass the Reformer level test in order to graduate.
8. To graduate you must be have a final evaluation with the Dean of the home.

Things that I’ve noticed:

  1.  There is no reason the “educational” component of this program should take 6 months.  It consists of
  • a workbook which is probably based on the “Nevertheless I Live” textbook readings.
  • writing journal entries (the journal lasts 90 days, so you work through it twice during the program)
  • look at one of 10 principles on a weekday (which means you’ll have them memorized by the end of Phase 2 at the latest)
  • Reading two additional books – one on how “satanic oppression” makes you feel unmotivated and one on how this whole curriculum isn’t really “works” based.
2. You have to attend all evening meetings which run from 6:30-9:00pm at night and be in a good mood the whole time.
3. You get fewer and fewer meetings with actual staff members as the program goes on.  Since the women’s program is missing an Intervention Mentor – and I have no idea what SIP stands for – either everyone in the program has ground to a halt or something has been modified.
4. How does the staff handle all these meetings?
The women’s program can have 88 women in it. For simplifying the math, I’m going to assume 80 women are enrolled.  I doubt the number of people in each phase is evenly distributed, so let’s assume 10% are in Phase 4, 20% are in Phase 3, 30% are in Phase 2 and 40% are in Phase 1.
This means:
8 women in Phase 4 needing 2 meetings per 6 weeks = 16 meetings
16 women in Phase 3 needing 3 meetings per 6 weeks = 48 meetings
24 women in Phase 2 needing 4 meetings per 6 weeks = 96 meetings
32 women in Phase 1 needing 6 meetings per 6 weeks = 192 meetings.

That’s a total of 352 meetings per 6 weeks or ~59 meetings per week.

If each meeting is one hour – 50 minutes of time with the patient and 10 minutes of bookkeeping and prep – that’s 59  hours of meetings a week for two staff members to handle.

This doesn’t include anything about making plans for new patients, dealing with “discharge summaries” for anyone who leaves, or running any of the administrative items involved with this type of care.
The next section in the handbook is on the daily schedule.
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Mel is a science teacher who works with at-risk teens and lives on a dairy farm with her husband. She blogs at When Cows and Kids Collide She is also an very valuable source of scientific information for us here at NLQ. Mel is also blessed with the ability to look at the issues of Quiverfull with a rational mind and break them down to their most basic of elements.

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