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How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group
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How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group

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Focused on starting an ANAD support group for people with eating disorders and their families

Focused on starting an ANAD support group for people with eating disorders and their families

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  • 1. Building a Healthy Support Group
    Karla Steingraber, Psy.D. & Ann Harriman, MA
    Aprioris Psychological Health Services
    666 Dundee Rd., Suite 502, Northbrook IL
  • 2. Who are you?
    Current Support Group Leaders
    Future Support Group Leaders
    Therapists
    Lay People
  • 3. Issues Faced / FearsWhat are you interested in hearing today?
  • 4. Question 1:What is the #1 Most Important Attribute of a Healthy Support Group
  • 5. Question 1:What is the #1 Most Important Attribute of a Healthy Support Group
    No Trigger Talk
    Support
    Listening
    Leaving judgments at the door
    Time limits/the frame
    No monopolizing
    Confidentiality
    Safety
  • 6. Why a Support Group
  • 7. What makes a support group effective?
    • Relationship Skills
    • 8. Increase Motivation
    • 9. Connection
    • 10. Cost & Time Efficiency
  • ...more and more, Bill discovered that new adherents could get sober by believing in each other and in the strength of this group. Men who had proven over and over again, by extremely painful experience, that they could not get sober on their own had somehow become more powerful when two or three of them worked on their common problem. This, then—whatever it was that occurred among them—was what they could accept as a power greater than themselves. --AA Historian, Ernest Kurtz
  • 11. What is a support group?
  • 12. ANAD’s 8 Steps
    Admit to ourselves that we have an eating disorder.
    Recognize that “food” and “weight” are not the real issues, but that other underlying problems in our lives have led to our obsessions with food, eating, and weight
    Make an honest attempt to identify the problems underlying our eating disorder.
    Acknowledge that self-starvation and/or binge-purging are not offering a healthy or satisfactory solution to these problems.
    Accept the responsibility for changing our own lives and applying more appropriate methods of coping with problems.
    Realize that we do not have to struggle alone to overcome our problems. We can accept the caring support of others and the guidance of spiritual strength.
    Establish small individual goals aimed at changing our unhealthy attitudes and behaviors and begin working seriously toward their achievement.
    Reinforce and sustain our personal growth process by reaching out and helping others struggling with eating disorders.
  • 13. If You Build It, They Will ComeBuilding your Support Group
    • Group facilitator
    • 14. Place
    • 15. Time
    • 16. Membership requirements
    • 17. Group Rules
    • 18. Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
    • 19. Getting the word out
  • Breakout Session #1
    Sketches 1, 2, 5
    1. Split into groups
    2. Read over sketches together and
    3. Fill in your thoughts and interventions
  • 20. Question 2:What leads to facilitator burnout ?
  • 21. We have a group!
    Leader vs. Facilitator
    “Peer” Facilitator vs. “Professionally Trained” Facilitator
  • 22. Boundaries
    Behavior
    Meeting outside group
    Friendliness vs. Friends
    Involvement in Personal Lives
    Self Awareness
    Motivations
    Own Issues
    Self-Disclosure
  • 23. Facilitator or Co-Facilitator
    Sharing the Load
    New Dynamic
  • 24. Group Routine
    How do you feel right now
    What is something positive about your recovery
    Did you reach your goal
    Will you be speaking in depth later
    Random Question for fun
    Meaningful goals
    Checking in with Co-leader
    Notes, log
    Long-Term Goals/Strategies
  • 25. Preventing Burnout
  • 26. Group Growth
    Guest Speakers
    Emailing
    Interactive Experiences
  • 27. Maintaining a Healthy Dynamic
    Open Minded
    Humble/Modest
    Small Goals
    When to Change Direction
    Feedback
    Surveys
    Stay Positive
  • 28. Friends & Family Night
  • 29. Breakout Session 2
    Sketches 3 & 4
    Identify mistakes group leaders may have made, improve upon it
    Identify where the group leader did something right
  • 30. Recognizing the Dynamic
    With all 5 sketches, match the sketch to the issue
    ___ Boundaries
    ___ Safety
    ___ Aggression
    ___ Scape-goating
    ___ Trigger Talk
  • 31. Contact Information
    Dr. Karla Steingraber
    Ann Harriman, MA
    666 Dundee Rd., Ste 502
    Northbrook IL 60062
    847-778-3997
    keas@aprioris.net
    aharriman@aprioris.net
    Dr. Karla Steingraber
    Ann Harriman, MA

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