Read about the role Dr. Phil played that inspired Jim Carroll to start the Marriage Boot Camp
In 1986 Jim had a friend that had attended Dr. Phils seminar earlier in the year. Jims friend was trying to recruit him to attend a seminar created by Dr. Phil. Jim was convinced the Seminar was going to be a cult experience. He was wrong.
Worshiping Dr. Phil
In 1986 Jim Carroll and Dr. Phil McGraw, of the Dr. Phil Show met in the parking lot before the seminar.
When Dr. Phil pulled up in his red Porsche, Jim approached the vehicle and fell down on his hands and knees in mock worship. Dr. Phil instantly comprehended the situation and instead of taking offense, stared at Jim and said, Don’t come to the seminar if all you are going to do is breathe up all my gas.
The Seminar Challenge
From the first night in the seminar, Jim stood and challenged Dr. Phil to prove that his program did not work. Anger controlled and hindered Jims ability to have a positive attitude toward any of the games and drills. He wrote off the beginning of the seminar as a total waste and promised he wouldn’t return for more. But compelled by those hurting few, Jim returned to Part II of the seminar.
When Jim returned to the seminar, later renamed Pathway Seminars, Dr. Phil made Jim promise to give 100%. During the seminar, Jim and Phil came face to face in a negotiation that Phil won. As a result, Jim released his anger and REOPENED his heart. From that moment on, Jims life was changed forever.
Training Under Dr Phil
Jim was so impressed with the results of the seminars that he later returned as a trainer, and learned under the direction of Dr. Phil. In spring of 1993, Jim asked Dr. Phil for permission to share a similar seminar and Dr. Phil encouraged Jim to make it happen. His advice was,
Jim, you have all the abilities and talents to reach these people. Ill support anything that promotes the healing and welfare of others. That’s what it is all about touching the lives of others.
With that encouragement, Jim created The Road Adventure seminars. In February of 2003, Jim took all his years of experience at Pathways and The Road Adventure and created The Marriage Boot Camp seminars. Instead of the eight-day seminar, Jim condensed the program into a four-day intense encounter for minimal costs. Dr. Phil continues to endorse the Marriage Boot Camp to this day.
Jim Carroll and The Marriage Boot Camp have been featured on WEtv through a reality TV series, on TLC and on Discovery Health. The non-TV seminars still happen on a regular basis and continue to change hundreds of lives and relationships.