Building a Healthy Support Group Karla Steingraber, Psy.D. & Ann Harriman, MA Aprioris Psychological Health Services 666 Dundee Rd., Suite 502, Northbrook IL
Who are you? Current Support Group Leaders Future Support Group Leaders Therapists Lay People
Issues Faced / FearsWhat are you interested in hearing today?
Question 1:What is the #1 Most Important Attribute of a Healthy Support Group
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
...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
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.
If You Build It, They Will ComeBuilding your Support Group
Breakout Session #1 Sketches 1, 2, 5 1. Split into groups 2. Read over sketches together and 3. Fill in your thoughts and interventions
Question 2:What leads to facilitator burnout ?
We have a group! Leader vs. Facilitator “Peer” Facilitator vs. “Professionally Trained” Facilitator
Boundaries Behavior Meeting outside group Friendliness vs. Friends Involvement in Personal Lives Self Awareness Motivations Own Issues Self-Disclosure
Facilitator or Co-Facilitator Sharing the Load New Dynamic
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