How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group


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How to Start, Enhance, and Maintain a Support Group

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