The rooms are air-conditioned and comfortably furnished. Together we host more than weekly meetings with monthly attendance of 5, people. We also have lots of volunteer opportunities for people, including those doing court-ordered community service. We accept all volunteers, even those with limited skills or felony convictions.
Types[ edit ] Mutual support and self-help[ edit ] Mutual support or peer support is a process by which people voluntarily come together to help each other address common problems.
Mutual support is social, emotional or instrumental support that is mutually offered or provided by persons with similar mental health conditions where there is some mutual agreement on what is helpful.
Such groups are further distinguished as either Individual Therapy inner-focused or Social Reform outer-focused groups. The former is where members seek to improve themselves, where as the latter set encompasses advocacy organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association  Self help support groups groups are subsets of mutual support and peer support groups, and have a specific purpose for mutual aid in satisfying a common need, overcoming a shared handicap or life-disrupting problem.
Self-help groups are less bureaucratic and work on a more grassroots level. Meetings of Behavior Control groups tend to be significantly larger than Stress Coping counterparts by more than a factor of two. Behavior Control group members have a longer average group tenure than members of Stress Coping groups 45 months compared to 11 monthsand are less likely to consider their membership as temporary.
While very few members of either set saw professionals concurrently while being active in their group, Stress Coping members were more likely to have previously seen professionals than Behavior Control group members.
Similarly, Stress Coping groups worked closer with mental health professionals. In Talking Groups all members of the group have the same rights, each member is responsible only for themselves group members do not make decisions for other group memberseach group is autonomous, everyone attends the group on account of their own problems, whatever is discussed in the group remains confidential, and participation is free of charge.
Self-help groups are not intended to provide "deep" psychotherapy. Nevertheless, their emphasis on psychosocial processes, and the understanding shared by those with the same or similar mental illnesses does achieve constructive treatment goals.
This is largely because it can be threatening, and requires training and understanding of small group processes.
Similarly, reality testing, is also deemphasized. Reality testing relies on consensual validationoffering feedback, seeking feedback and confrontation. These processes seldom occur in self-help groups, though they frequently occur in professionally directed groups. Conversely, if particular groups are affiliated with a national organization professional involvement decreases their life expectancy.
These groups accept all potential members, and everyone has an equal opportunity to volunteer or be elected. Leaders serve to help the groups function by collecting donations not through controlling the members. Experiential knowledge is mostly found, and there is a high emphasis on sharing. An example of an unaffiliated group includes Wildflowers' Movement in Los Angeles.
Federated Groups[ edit ] Federated groups have superordinate levels of their own self-help organization at state or national levels which make publicity and literature available. The local unit of the federated self-help group retains full control of its decisions.
These groups tend to rely on experiential knowledge, and professionals rarely directly interact. The leaders of these groups would be any members comfortable with the format and willing to accept responsibilities.
Leaders do not need to have formal training to gain their title. Affiliated Groups[ edit ] Affiliated groups are subordinate to another group, a regional or national level of their own organization.
Leaders are self-helpers not professional caregivers, and meetings included educational activities and sharing, supplemented by research and professionals. Managed Groups[ edit ] Managed groups are based on a combination of self-help and professional techniques. These groups are populated generally through referrals and group activities are led by group members.
Managed groups do not meet all the criteria for self-help groups, and so should be designated professionally controlled support groups. Examples of managed groups are common with support groups in hospitals, such as those with breast cancer survivors and patients that may be managed by a nurse or therapist in some professional fashion.
Hybrid Groups[ edit ] The hybrid group has characteristics of the affiliated and managed groups, Like Affiliated Groups, hybrid groups are organized by another level of their own organization. To participate in specialized roles, training is developed by a higher level and enforced through trained leaders or facilitators.
Group processes[ edit ] No two self-help group are exactly alike, the make-up and attitudes are influenced by the group ideology and environment.Self-Help, Peer Support, and Consumer Groups-Self-Help Groups(Addiction) Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) Web portal to U.S.
government information and services on the web. Support groups may be offered by a nonprofit advocacy organization, clinic, hospital or community organization. They also may be independent of any organization and run entirely by group members. Formats of support groups vary, including face-to-face meetings, teleconferences or online communities.
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Self-help groups are effective for helping people cope with, and recover from, a wide variety of problems. German Talking Groups have been shown to be as effective as psychoanalytically oriented group . Self-help groups, also known as mutual help, mutual aid, or recovery support groups, play a vital role in substance abuse treatment in the United States, and research has shown that active involvement in support groups significantly improves the likelihood of remaining clean and sober.