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Ideas for Building Peer Groups 

  1. Invite therapists in your neighborhood to join your peer group. It is recommended that the size of the group be 10 or less.

  2. Determine the structure of leadership. Will one person always lead or will the leader rotate?  The leader will have the role of allowing the person to speak without being judged or criticized.  The main purpose of discussion is to allow for how someone feels about whatever happened or whatever issue is being talked about.  (more on this later)

  3. Determine the level of commitment.  How often will you meet? 1x a month, 2x a month? How long will you meet for each time?  How long will you meet for - 6 months, 1 year or something in between.  You can also pick a time frame to re-evaluate the time frame

  4. Is there a place where you can meet regularly or does the meeting place have to rotate?

  5. What will you do if you are unable to solve a problem or issue? Is there someone else you can consult with?

  6. Is the purpose of the group to help fix the problem or issue that someone may be having or to just share experiences and allow people to discuss their feelings?






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